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Grants to Ohio Public Schools, Private Schools, and Nonprofits for
Education Programs that Promote Excellent Teaching and Deep Learning

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Martha Holden Jennings Foundation (MHJF)

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Grants to Ohio public school districts, non-religious private schools working in conjunction with public schools, and nonprofit organizations that assist elementary and secondary schools in Ohio. Funding will specifically be provided for programs and projects that align with the following two themes: Excellent Teaching and Deep Learning.

While the Foundation recognizes the importance of many programs, the Foundation provides funding only for projects that align with these themes. On the grant application, you will need to select which theme(s) is applicable to your project.

Excellent Teaching
Excellent teaching can be described as motivating students, leading them in “academic discovery”, managing the classroom well, and connecting concepts with personal experience.

Impact on Learners
- Plays a pivotal role in student learning/ achievement
- Helps students achieve the love of learning by going deeper rather than just skimming the surface
- Encourages learners to understand and practice life-long learning
- Promotes a sense of self-satisfaction in the learner
- Makes the learner know he/she is the primary reason for teaching
- Helps learners stretch beyond their comfort level
- Uses technology as a tool to help assure learning
- Provides learners with the tools, skills & processes of learning
- Connects learning to the learner’s frame of reference

Deep Learning
Deep Learning can be defined as the acquisition of new content or skills that must be learned in more than one step and with multiple levels of analysis or processing so that students may apply the content/skills in ways that change thinking, or behaviors

Impact on Learners
- Challenges the learner to use complex knowledge
- Requires greater understanding, retention, and application
- Engages learner actively in the learning
- Provides opportunities for the learner to utilize communication and problem-solving skills
- Helps the learner become independent
- Incorporates assessment as an integral part of the learning process
- Encourages self-directed learning
- Fosters global competence
- Engages the learner in meaningful and relevant projects
- Helps the learner assimilate prior knowledge and new information
- Incorporates multidisciplinary learning which may include the arts
- Promotes collaboration with learners

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170282

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average Open Grant is $12,000.

Term of Contract:

Open Grant requests must be for one year only. The Foundation does not make grants for multiple-year projects. An organization may resubmit a proposal for continued funding based on the final evaluation report responses.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Can Apply:
- Public school districts in Ohio
- Non-religious private schools in Ohio working in conjunction with public schools
- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations that assist elementary and secondary schools in Ohio

Technology Requests:
Funding is considered for equipment only when there is a direct connection to the project.

The Foundation will generally not fund bus transportation, field trips/admission fees, capital assets, facility fees, refreshments, storage units, incentives, school supplies, rewards, and T-shirts

Pre-Application Information:

The Board of Directors reviews Open Grant proposals eight times a year. Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the chart explaining Open Grant Award Cycles.

You may also click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the charts explaining the characteristics of Excellent Teaching and Deep Learning; the guidance document pertaining to MHJF Funding for Technology, Equipment, and Material Requests; and, the Open Grant Evaluation Criteria.

Key Dates:

Application Deadlines: February 15, March 15, April 15, May 15, July 15, August 15, October 15, and December 15

MHJF Approval Meeting - The 4th Tuesday of March, April, May, June, August, September, November, January

Grant Activities for MHJF Funding Must Start On or Aater April 1, May 1, June 1, July 1, September 1, October 1, December 1, February 1

First Date Funding - May Be Provided 1st business day on or after April 20, May 20, June 20, July 20, September 20, October 20, December 20, February 20

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio