Excellence in Education Grants

Grants for Elementary Schools

The Education Foundation is honored to have partnered with Open Door Before and After School Care to launch the Excellence in Education Grants to BCPS elementary schools, in order to fund innovative projects not supported by the school budget.  Projects application are no longer being accepted at this time.  If you are interested in applying for a 21st Century Grant from the foundation, please consider applying for an Instructional Initiative Grant.

Last year's grant impacts can be viewed here which provides a brief overview of the outcomes from the 2018-2019 school year programs that were implemented.


With each project addressing at least one of the following instruction focused 21st Century Themes as stated, elementary schools will identify an academic opportunity within their school house.  The goal of the initiative was to diversify elementary education focus to excellence in education opportunities and increase student/parent/teacher/community collaborative efforts.


The 2018-2019 projects addressed at least one of the following instructional focused 21st century themes:

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


The Excellence in Education Grants

For more than 30 years, Open Door has been working hand-in-hand with Maryland public schools to provide nurturing, stimulating and affordable before and after school care.  With 30 sites in Maryland and 17 in Baltimore County, Open Door has a long track record of successfully collaborating and partnering with schools.

The launch of the grant initiative, in partnership with The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc. provided an opportunity to award 10 elementary schools grants of up to $3,000 each to enrich the learning beyond the classroom.

Open Door Before and After Care's vision is to support the core mission of the Superintendent's being that of high-quality instruction that prepares students for college and careers through a positive climate in every school and an emphasis on literacy across the subject areas.  It is also to provide schools with resources that will allow students and families the opportunity to participate in collaborative projects based on 21st century instructional themes.

Open Door Excellence in Education Grant Timeline: (GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR.)

March 28, 2018: Program Announcement

April 16, 2018: Applications Open

May 25, 2018: Application Deadline

June 1 - 15, 2018: Submission Reviews

June 18 - 21, 2018: Final Selection

June 22, 2018: Grant Recipients Notified

September 2018: Check Presentation at Back to School Nights

March 18, 2019: Submission of Recipient Grant Survey


The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools works in collaboration with Ms. Karen Grannas, Chief Operating Officer, Open Door Before and After Care, on all initiatives related to 21st Century Excellence in Education Grants.

Open Door Before and After Care

Ms. Karen Grannas, Chief Operating Officer

518 Virginia Avenue, suite 200 Towson, MD  21286

(410) 825-6300     OpenDoorCare.com 

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 all grant opportunities contact:

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

Mrs. Laura Lemon, Associate Director- llemon2@bcps.org

Mrs. Cindy Whitcomb– cwhitcomb@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




The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools are honored to be advocates for BCPS students and families and teachers and schools. We serve as the bridge between you who support our schools and those who work in and lead our schools.

When we speak of partners, we speak of you, our Education Champions, our Ambassadors.  Through your act of giving, you recognize our children as the future and want to help better prepare them to embrace the many challenges as well as experience the opportunities ahead.

Together we explore and discover new and innovative ways to prepare our students for the world. Together we witness the ever-changing benefits of being a community.

Visit Making an Impact to see results as we strive to accomplish our mission/vision/goals.

Thank you to our Team BCPS Excellence in Education Champions


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