21st Century instructional Initiative Grants

Grants for Elementary, Middle and High Schools

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 2023-2024 projects should address at least one of the following instructional focused 21st-Century themes:

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

We invite you to become a Grant Ambassador by clicking on this link: GRANT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

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| 2017-2018 | 2018-2019

| 2019-2020  | 2020-2021 | 2021-2022 | 2022-2023


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 The Compass:  Our Pathway to Excellence 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…

21st Century Instructional Initiative Grant Timeline

$30,000 - Awarding Grants up to $2,000.00 each to BCPS Elementary, Middle and High Schools

  • Application Process: August 1 - October 20, 2023
  • Application Closes: October 20, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Committee Review: October 23 - November 10, 2023
  • Approval by The Education Foundation Scholarship and Grant Committee: November 15, 2023
  • Grant Recipient Notification: November 17, 2023
  • Web site Updated and Media Release: November 21, 2023
  • Storyboard Submission to The Education Foundation of BCPS: May 24, 2024
  • Reimbursement/Disbursement of Project Funds: May 24, 2024
  • Submission of Recipient II Grant Survey: May 24, 2024

Congratulations 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grant Recipients 2022-2023

School and Title of Project

Battle Grove Elementary School: Score with First in Math: Increasing Fluency & Number Sense for Student Success
Catonsville Elementary School: Bringing Native Plants and Animals to Catonsville Elementary School
Dumbarton Middle School: Walthers Art Museum Field Trip for Art & History
Dumbarton Middle School: Franklin Institute Field Trip
Edgemere Elementary School: Indoor Hydroponic Garden System
Edgemere Elementary School: "Uke" Can Count on Me!
Featherbed Lane Elementary School: Selfcare is Healthcare
Hawthorne Elementary School: Feeding Readers One Book at a Time
Holabird STEM Middle School: Courtyard Community Garden Project
Lutherville Lab: Lutherville Lab Equity Guiding Coalition
Maiden Choice School: Equine-Assisted Vocational and SEL Skills Training
Office of Visual Arts: BCPS Film Expo 2023
Perry Hall Middle School: Native Habitat Restoration
Sparks Elementary School: Orffestrating Student Success
Sparrows Point Middle School: Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium
Western School of Technology and Environmental Science: Never Again: The Holocaust
Winand Elementary School Celebrating Multicultural Diversity Through the Special Areas


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

Dr. Heather Wooldridge, Associate Director- hwooldridge@bcps.org

Mrs. Cindy Whitcomb, Administrative|Fiscal Assistant 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




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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.

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