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. Through the School Solutions Seed Fund, EdVestors makes investments of $5,000 to $10,000 each winter to provide schools with the opportunity to move quickly and test, plan, or pilot a solution to ongoing challenges impacting student learning.
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 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.
Seed Fund investments are for $5,000 – $10,000 to pilot proposed projects from January to September. 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. EdVestors is committed to working with schools that have the highest concentration of need, giving priority to schools where at least 75% of students are designated as High Needs by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 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 grades PreK- 12 in Boston.
For more information on applying to the Seed Fund please see the 2019-2020 application.