21st Century 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 2018-2019 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


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…

21st Century Instructional Initiative Grant Timeline

$100,000 - Awarding Grants up to $2,000.00 each to BCPS Elementary, Middle and High Schools

  • Application Process: June, 2018-October 19, 2018
  • Application Closes: Friday, October 19, 2018, on or before 5:00 p.m.
  • Committee Review: Monday, October 22- Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Approval by The Education Foundation
  • Scholarship and Allocation Committee: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
  • Grant Recipient Notification: Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Web site Updated and Media Release: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
  • Storyboard Submission to The Education Foundation of BCPS: On or before March 13, 2019
  • Reimbursement/Disbursement of Project Funds: On or before Friday, May 24, 2019
  • Submission of Recipient II Grant Survey: Friday, May 24, 2019
  • Collaborative Gallery Celebration: TBD Spring of 2019

*New to the grant submission process:  Included with final summary, a storyboard with photos and grant highlights are required for documentation.


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, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper 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



Support Our Students

The Education Foundation works to provide opportunities for Baltimore County Public School students and families. The money collected through donations is dedicated to supporting the vision of the Foundation, which is to ensure that all BCPS students have the resources to enable them to graduate globally competitive.

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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