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Grants to Maryland Public School Staff to Benefit Students in Eligible Locations

21st Century Instructional Initiative Grants


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Funding Source
Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maryland: Baltimore County

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/20/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $2,000 per project to Maryland public school teachers and personnel for projects that benefit students in eligible locations. Funding is intended to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in today's world. Grants may be used to support projects that help elementary, middle, and high school students navigate 21st-century life and employment. Projects must have clear measurable objectives, overall impact, and potential for successful implementation. Eligible applicants are located in Baltimore County.

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)

Projects must address an identified need that is aligned with BCPS goals for academics and key actions as stated in the BCPS The Compass: Our Pathway to Excellence and the school progress plans.

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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be Baltimore County Public Schools professional personnel. In the case of team-based proposals, a project coordinator must be designated to assume overall administrative responsibility for the instructional initiative grant application, submission of disbursement requests, and any other requested information or reports.

Projects must be conducted and supervised by BCPS professional personnel who work directly with students, including teachers, school counselors, media specialists, nurses, etc.

Simultaneous funding of projects from the same applicant or benefitting the same classroom, department, or team will not occur.

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.

Funds may not replace normal funding from tax-based sources.

Pre-Application Information
- 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

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $2,000 per project

Term of Contract
Projects should be implemented during the 2023-2024 school year. A project summary is due by May 24, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Ms. Deborah S. Phelps, Executive Director

Mrs. Cindy Whitcomb, Administrative, Fiscal Assistant

The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools,
105 W. Chesapeake Avenue, Suite B-1
Towson, Maryland 21204

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