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.


invested in teachers through Catalyst for Change (2021-2022)


students impacted by this program during the 2021-2022 school year


teacher projects funded through Catalyst for Change 2021-2022

Catalyst for Change Traditional Grants

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022-2023 grant cycle are now open!

$2,000-$5,000 grants are awarded for project-based grants. 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 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 September 19, 2022.

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.

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

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 Consortium of Florida Education Foundations

Maximizing Your Classroom STEM Investments from the Consortium of Florida 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


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