EdVestors’ School Solutions Seed Fund is a nimble investment vehicle for Boston educators to receive support for problem-solving, experimentation, and innovation in their schools. Seed funding provides schools with the opportunity to move quickly and test, plan, or pilot a solution to ongoing challenges impacting student learning.
Through the School Solutions Seed Fund, EdVestors makes initial investments of $10,000 each to up to 10 promising ideas, with a smaller number of seed-funded projects receiving larger, longer-term investments to expand their work based on early success and the potential for impact.
Seed Fund recipients form a Learning Cohort and participate in structured learning, sharing, and reflection together. The Cohort connects teachers and school leaders working on similar challenges across schools to share their best thinking on how to improve teaching and learning for all students. Seed Fund recipients also share their work with the broader urban education community each year at EdVestors’ annual Urban Education Showcase in April.
Investing in on-the-ground solutions, in partnership with our funders, is an essential part of EdVestors’ approach to strategic philanthropy. The Seed Fund pushes us to think beyond what we already know about how schools change, to remain open to new ideas, and to find even more transformative ways to work on behalf of all students.
The annual Philip H. Gordon Legacy Award honors EdVestors’ late co-founder, and is awarded to a Seed Fund project that exemplifies Phil’s values of Equity, Innovation, and Impact. Learn more about prior winners of the Philip H. Gordon Legacy Award
The School Solutions Seed Fund creates opportunities for solution-seeking educators and nonprofits to respond to the problems they face daily on the front lines of education and taps into the innovative spirit of Boston’s educators and nonprofits — those who recognize a problem in their school or classroom and are ready to try a new strategy to address it.
Initial Seed Fund investments are for $10,000 to pilot proposed projects from January to June. Larger, longer-term investments are available for a subset of seed-funded initiatives to continue their work and expand or replicate their efforts in the following school year. Seed Fund recipients also form a Learning Cohort to share their experiences and best practices with each other and with EdVestors. Priority is given to solutions that take place during the school day.
Entrepreneurial and problem-solving educators (teachers, principals, headmasters) and system and network leaders (of BPS, charter, parochial, and independent schools) are eligible to apply to the School Solutions Seed Fund. We also welcome applications from nonprofit organizations partnering with schools to solve a school’s priority need. Projects should be clearly defined as a solution to a specific urban education challenge in classrooms or schools serving high-needs students in grades PreK- 12 in Boston.
The deadline to apply for 2018 Seed Fund grants has passed.
Application guidelines for the School Solutions Seed Fund are released each September, with an application deadline of early November.
For reference, click the button below for last year’s application guidelines.2017-2018 Seed Fund Application