21st Century Instructional Initiative Grants

Congratulations 2023 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grant Recipients!

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools Inc. is pleased to announce the 2023-2024 21st Century Instructional Initiative Grant Recipients. The 2023-2024 project funds were awarded to schools with proposals dedicated to enhancing the skills and knowledge students must have to be successful in life and employment in the 21st century This year the top twenty grants were awarded a total of $38,494.00 - $8,494.00 more than ever awarded beforeCongratulations to the 2023-2024 21st Century Instructional Initiative grant recipients. Congratulations to the following schools:  

Battle Monument SchoolLet’s Put Some “Fun” in Functional Learning  

Principal Kyle Martin & Grant Liaison James Schuyler 

Catonsville Elementary SchoolSubsisting Agriculture Classroom 

Principal MeLissa Powers & Grant Liaison Rachel Hodges 

Catonsville High School Shape Your World: A 3D Printing Initiative for Students 

Principal Matthew Ames & Grant Liaison Dr. Zachary Wiseman 

Catonsville Middle SchoolAchievement on the Activity Bus – Providing Equitable Access to Extracurricular Education 

Principal Stephanie Fanshaw & Grant Liaison Aaron Sporik 

Dogwood Elementary School – Maddie the Musical: A Dogwood Spin on Matilda 

Principal Novella Ables & Grant Liaison Brendan Penn 

General John Stricker Middle School – Using Mentoring to Facilitate Improved Culture, Climate, and a Sense of Shared Cultural History 

Principal V. Melanie Kearns & Grant Liaison Everett Elliott 

Golden Ring Middle School – North Bay Legacy Program 

Principal Jeffrey Grouleau & Grant Liaison Kai Lassiter 

Hernwood Elementary SchoolSensory Learning Lab in the Library Media Center at Hernwood Elementary School 

Principal Tamara Harris Murphy & Grant Liaison Diane Fontinell 

Holabird STEM/Middle SchoolHolabird Courtyard Expansion Project 

Principal Yolanda Booker & Grant Liaison Rebecca Satterfield 

Johnnycake Elementary School Communicating Clearly 

Principal Patricia Collins-McCarthy & Grant Liaison Jolene Anticoli 

Meadowood Education CenterFamily Game Night 

Principal Karl Radday & Grant Liaison Erin Kempa 

Norwood Elementary School Springfest at HOLAWOOD: Embracing 21st Century Cultures 

Principal Mark Taylor & Grant Liaison Marcy Hotchkiss 

Owings Mills High School – Student-Run Fabrication Lab and School Store: hOMade 

Principal Terri Moses & Grant Liaison Jennifer Filosa 

Pine Grove Middle School – Becoming Kings Mentoring 

Principal Deborah Magness & Grant Liaison Vernon Fains 

Ridge Ruxton School – Maiden Choice and Ridge Ruxton Run Clubs and Accessible Track Meets 

Principal Missy Beltran & Grant Liaison Katie Augsburger 

Riverview Elementary SchoolFrom Bystanders to Upstanders, Safe School Ambassadors Bullying Prevention Program 

Principal Colleen Fitzmaurice & Grant Liaison Sara Carr Bennett 

Sparks Elementary SchoolWritten Words, Painted Sounds 

Principal Magan Chyko-Leigh & Grant Liaison Brian Price 

Sparrows Point Middle School SPMS Robotics 

Principal Dr. Mary Boswell-McComas & Grant Liaison Aimee Farrell 

Western School of Technology and Environmental ScienceNever Again: The Holocaust 

Principal Jewell Ralph & Grant Liaison Melanie J. Coates 

Woodholme Elementary SchoolNational Museum of African American History and Culture Field Trip 

Principal Julie McDivitt & Grant Liaison Marisa Rardon 


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)

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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


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

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