Since our founding in 2002, EdVestors has partnered with donors to invest more than $26 million in urban school improvement initiatives, with a special focus on Boston’s public schools. Current funding opportunities for school-based projects include:
Through the School Solutions Seed Fund, EdVestors seeks to identify promising solutions that address current challenges facing teachers and school leaders in their classrooms and schools with the goal of improving learning outcomes for students. Initial grants of $5,000 to $10,000 available for schools to work collaboratively to pilot new ideas and approaches between January and June or September. Application guidelines can be found here.
The BPS Arts Expansion Fund was created in 2009 by a group of local funders in collaboration with EdVestors to address an arts gap in schools. The Fund supports programs that expand or deepen arts learning opportunities for Boston Public Schools students during the school day. The Fund prioritizes grants that contribute to increasing the number of students receiving arts instruction (once-weekly, year-long arts instruction at the preK-8 level, any arts increases at the high school level) in schools that are not yet providing arts instruction to 100% of students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund is no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. See more information about the Fund here.
Launched in 2015 in response to a quiet crisis of math education in Boston – where only a third of eighth graders are proficient in math on state exams – Zeroing in on Math (ZioM) partners with teachers, school leaders, and district and charter leaders to move the needle on middle grades math proficiency (grades 3 through 8) as a critical gateway to higher level math in high school. In addition to investments in professional learning and fellowship opportunities for Boston math educators, EdVestors works with schools to better understand how technology-based interventions can be part of the solution for closing knowledge and skill gaps in middle grades math. Total investments per school in the intervention cohort range from $5,000 to $12,000. For more information on Zeroing in on Math, click here.
First awarded in 2006, the School on the Move Prize is an annual $100,000 prize to one of Boston’s most improving schools. The Prize showcases schools that have made significant improvement relative to their peers and creates opportunities for the sharing of the winning school’s best practices through an annual case study. Boston Public Schools may apply for the School on the Move Prize by invitation only.
At the school-level, we partnered with the BPS Office of Career and Technical Education to support BPS high schools to plan and develop new CTE pathways. We’re also working with several BPS high schools to deepen the quality of existing CTE pathways at their schools. At the district-level, we’re partnering with key stakeholders to develop a blueprint for implementation of high-quality CTE pathways across the district. This includes co-leading the BPS high school Career Pathways Working Group. For more information about our work with Career Pathways and grant opportunities, click here.