21st Century Grant Opportunities

21st Century Instructional Initiative Grants

Elementary, Middle and High School

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Each year The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. provides schools and offices/departments with an opportunity to apply for instructional initiative grants to fund innovative projects not funded in the school budget. Projects must address an identified need that is aligned with Baltimore County Public Schools goals for academics and key actions as stated in the BCPS Blueprint 2.0:  Our Way Forward and the school progress plans.  The project must have clear measurable objectives, and overall impact and potential for successful implementation.

Project funds may not replace normal funding from tax-based sources. The proposal should describe a quantitative and/or qualitative method to evaluate the success of the project. Funds may cover travel, participation in events/activities, consulting fees, and speaker honorariums. Funds may not cover personnel or any related expenses for BCPS staff, including gift cards and food/beverages.  If food is purchased for students, it must align with USDA health regulations.  Projects must be conducted and supervised by BCPS professional personnel who work directly with students, including teachers, school counselors, media specialists, nurses, etc…

Review and award of project funds will be based on the project’s anticipated contribution to essential knowledge and skills students must have to be successful in life and employment in the 21st century.

The 2016-2017 projects should address at least one of the following instructional focused 21st century themes:

  • Financial, Economic, Business, and Entrepreneurial Literacy
  • Environmental Literacy
  • Arts & Culture
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Health Literacy
  • Civic Literacy
  • Global Awareness

A complete description of the grants that have been awarded since 2010 can be found on the links below.

2010-2011  | 2011-2012 | 2012- 2013 | 2013 – 2014 | 2014-2015 | 2015-2016 | 2016-2017

21st Century Enrichment Grants

Elementary School

The Education Foundation is honored to have partnered with Hot Spots Extended Care Programs to launch for the first time during this school year 21st Century Enrichment Grants to BCPS elementary schools to fund innovative projects not funded in the school budget.  As in the 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grants, projects must address an identified need that is aligned with Baltimore County Public Schools goals for academics and key actions as stated in the BCPS Blueprint 2.0:  Our Way Forward and the school progress plans.  The project must have clear measurable objectives, and overall impact and potential for successful implementation.

With each project addressing at least one of the following instructional focused 21st century themes as stated, elementary schools will identify an academic and community engagement opportunity within their school house. The goal of the initiative is to diversify elementary educational enrichment opportunities and increase student/parent/teacher/community collaborative efforts in support of Out Of School Time.

 

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The 21st Century Enrichment Grant Goals Are To:

  • Serve more children and school community in BCPS with high quality hands-on collaborative events
  • Maximize the impact of school community events through the modeling of strategic planning and collaborative efforts, as well as diversify available resources
  • Offer capacity building opportunities to partner in the network so they may better serve their educational community
  • Offer schools an opportunity to extend the grant into sustainable long-term projects

 

An elementary school can apply for a Pre-Packaged 21st Century Enrichment Grant that is aligned with a 21st century theme.  These grants do not require the applicant to complete a budget overview, as the grant partner and resources have been allocated accordingly.

Check out the links below to learn more about the Pre-Packaged Grants that are available.

TEAM BCPS Clean Green 15:  Litter Challenge

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At the end of the 2013-2014 school year Baltimore County Public Schools partnered with Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) to host Team BCPS Clean Green:  15 Litter Challenge.

Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups and competed to see which school communities could log the most clean-ups. Community groups could include school-based groups, places of worship, youth groups, civic or community groups, scout troops, sport teams, businesses or other organizations and environmental organizations and others that wish to help clean up their community. Groups were asked to report their clean-ups on the BCPS website.

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to the top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy. Review and award of projects conducted by the schools, were based on the school communities participating and recording the most 15-minute litter clean-ups, including all sorts of groups who choose to designate a particular school to receive credit.

As a grant recipient, projects must address an identified environment within their school community that is aligned with Baltimore County Public Schools goals for academics and key actions as stated in the BCPS Blueprint 2.0:  Our Way Forward and the school progress plans.  The project must have clear measurable objectives, overall impact and potential for successful implementation.  Grant implementation must be conducted and supervised by BCPS professional personnel who works directly with students, including teachers, school counselors, media specialist, nurses, etc. Projects must address an identified need that is aligned with BCPS goals for academics, strategic initiatives and key actions as stated in the BCPS Blueprint 2.0Our Way Forward and the School Progress Plan. Funds may not replace normal funding from tax-based sources. The proposal should describe a quantitative and/or qualitative method to evaluate the success of the project. Funds may cover travel, participation in events/activities, consulting fees, and speaker honorariums. Funds may not cover personnel or any related expenses for BCPS staff.

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. solicits the community to obtain partnerships in order to award the winning schools funding to continue their efforts. The collaborative process educates our students and the school community about litter including our civic and community groups, to record the litter clean-ups and number of volunteers who participated.

To support the continued growth and success of BCPS students and schools, please contribute to the school system through the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc.

To acquire information pertaining to grant opportunities contact:

21st Century Instructional Initiative Grants

Ms. Deborah S. Phelps, Director – dphelps@bcps.org

Mrs. Laura Lemon, Associate Director- llemon@bcps.org

Mrs. Bonnie Derda, Administrative Assistant – bderda@bcps.org

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. Headquarters

105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Suite B-1
Towson, Maryland  21204

O:  443-809-8962

 

TEAMBCPS Clean Green 15:  Litter Challenge

Mrs. Ellen Kobler, Deputy Communications Director, Baltimore County Office of Communications

ekobler@baltimorecountymd.gov

Baltimore County Government

Historic Courthouse

400 Washington Avenue

Towson, Maryland  21204

O:  410-887-3835

Or the 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grant Contacts

21st Century Enrichment Grants

Ms. Emily Gordon, Executive Director – egordon@hsecp.org

Hot Spots Extended Care Programs

CELEBREE Corporate Headquarters

1306 Bellona Ave.
Lutherville, MD 21093

O:  410-515-8750 ext. 127 (Corporate)

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To support the continued growth and success of BCPS students and schools, please contribute to the school system through the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc.

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