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Investing in Classroom Culture

Catalyst for Change is a competitive grant program that rewards teachers and schools for using innovative strategies to engage students in the classroom.

$110,000

invested in teachers through Catalyst for Change (2020-2021)

6%

of students at Howard Bishop Middle School who participated in the HawkConnect Catalyst for Change project saw increases in their Science AIM scores from Quarter 1 to Quarter 3.

8

teacher projects funded through Catalyst for Change 2020-2021

Catalyst for Change Mini Grants

How to Apply

Applications for spring 2022 are now open.

$1,000 to $2,000 mini-grants will be awarded to project-based grant proposals.

Projects must address student improvement with at least one measurable outcome and must focus on one of the following priority areas:

  • Career/Technical Education
  • Literacy
  • Low Performing Students
  • Teaching Quality/Improving Classroom Instruction
  • Increasing Graduation Rates

The application should be completed by using this Google Form. The application is due to The Education Foundation on or before January 14, 2022.

C4C Mini Grants that are funded and have successful outcomes will be eligible to receive additional funds next year for project continuation after completion of a full 2022-2023 application. 

Please contact Director of Programs Tia Brock-Paul at brocktt@gm.sbac.edu or (352) 955-7250 ext. 6416 with any questions or concerns.


Catalyst for Change Traditional Grants

How to Apply

Applications for the 2021-2022 grant cycle are now closed.

$2,000-$5,000 grants are awarded for grant proposals. Applicants will provide project background information, including a timeline, budget, and expected outcomes. At the end of the project, grant recipients will provide project evaluation reports to The Education Foundation.

Projects that incorporate these other areas will receive additional consideration:

  • Low-Performing Students
  • Teaching Quality
  • Literacy
  • Career/Technical education
  • Increasing high school graduation rates

Who May Apply

Individual teachers, teams of teachers, principals, and other educators (e.g., guidance counselors, media specialists) may apply on behalf of their school and district-level staff.

Click the links below to view summaries of past Catalyst for Change funded projects, examples of successful applications, and terminology to help you with getting your desired project results.


Resources to Use When Applying

The Florida Gap Map from the Florida Chamber of Commerce

Creating Strategic Impacts from The Florida Department of Education

Using EduData in Program Planning from the Florida Consortium of Education Foundations

Outputs and Outcomes from the Florida Consortium of Education Foundations

2020-2021 Catalyst for Change Project Review from The Education Foundation of Alachua County


Sponsors

Catalyst for Change grants are funded by the generosity of the following sponsors:

  • CFEF
  • Duke Energy
  • Florida Credit Union
  • School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program
  • GHS Class of 1964

  • Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation
  • Euliano Foundation for STEM