Putting Students First Grant - In Partnership with First Financial Federal Credit Union

Grants for Elementary, Middle and High Schools

In partnership with First Financial Federal Credit Union, The Education Foundation of BCPS, Inc. is pleased to provide the Putting Students First Grant. The review and award of project funds will be based on the project’s anticipated need of supplies, resources, and opportunities/experiences to fulfill classroom needs and to impact student’s educational readiness. The project funds should have a clear alignment with BCPS The Compass: Our Pathway to Excellence, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Contributing to a Brighter Future and the school’s school progress plan, with clear measurable objectives, and overall impact and potential for successful use and/or implementation.

The 2021-2022 projects funds should be used to support the students served by the educator(s) within their classroom/grade level/department and/or disciplinary area, organization/club or schoolhouse.

Grant funds can be used to:
• Purchase classroom resources such as books to enhance classroom libraries or individual student literacy needs.
• Purchase basic but necessary materials and supplies to meet the academic, health and wellness, social-emotional and/or therapeutic needs of a classroom or student(s).
• Purchase classroom resources such as audio visual/technology supplies to impact the delivery of instruction, must be aligned with the district’s specifications.
• Plan a classroom opportunity/experience such as but not limited to field trips to enhance learning.
• Pursue innovative professional development or new teaching initiative such as hosting a presenter or an assembly, must be aligned with the district’s specifications.


Projects must be conducted and supervised by BCPS professional personnel who work directly with students, including teachers, school counselors, media specialists, nurses, etc. Projects must address an identified need that is aligned with BCPS The Compass: Our Pathway to Excellence, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, Contributing to a Brighter Future and the school’s school progress plans. 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.

Putting Students First Grant Timeline

$5,000 Award Range - Awarding Grants of up to $500.00 per grant, to BCPS Elementary, Middle, and High Schools

  • Application Process: November 1, 2021 - November 24, 2021
  • Application Closes: November 24, 2021
  • Committee Review: November - December, 2021
  • Grant Recipient Notification: December 23, 2021
  • Web site Updated and Media Release: January 5, 2022
  • Project Summary Submission to The Education Foundation of BCPS: March, 2022
  • Reimbursement/Disbursement of Project Funds: May 27, 2022
  • Submission of Recipient Grant Survey: May 27, 2022


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|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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