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 (2020-2021)


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.


teacher projects funded through Catalyst for Change 2020-2021

How to Apply

$2,000-$5,000 grants are awarded for grant proposals. Applications for fall 2021 are now being accepted. 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

Deadline to apply: October 4, 2021.

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.

Apply Now

All applications must be typed and submitted via email by October 4, 2021, to Director of Programs, Tia Paul, at The Education Foundation:

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


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