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Grants to Texas School Districts in Eligible Areas to
Support Educational Programs and Promote Social Justice

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AustinEd Fund

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Texas independent school districts in eligible locations to address social inequities. Funding is intended to develop and implement creative strategies that respond to disparities resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and racial injustice. The grant program will address time-sensitive needs for innovation and educational enhancement in ISD schools in Austin.

This grant opportunity encourages teacher-led, collaborative projects that impact marginalized communities by focusing on the social and emotional wellbeing of staff, students, and their families, implementing cultural proficiency and inclusiveness practices, as well as strategies to engage students who have been disconnected from school during the pandemic. Potential aligned projects will respond to time-sensitive needs for educational enhancement and innovation in a remote or classroom environment.

Applicants will express compelling needs to impact students from marginalized groups that are supported by sources of evidence and data. In addition, applicants will engage in collaborative projects that focus on the following areas: 

  • Social and emotional wellbeing of staff, students, and their families
  • Cultural proficiency and inclusiveness
  • Strategies to engage students who have been less engaged or disconnected from school during the pandemic

In-Scope Budget Items:

  • Experiences (including exposure to colleges & careers)
  • Academic materials/supplies
  • Professional development opportunities and collaborative action research projects
  • Transition camps and family engagement events
  • Cross-cultural opportunities
  • Clothing aligned with academic success (e.g. school uniforms)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195057

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Special Grant Program will award up to $10,000 for projects that are collaborative and have a team or campus-wide impact. Requests up to $2,500 will be awarded for projects that impact individual classrooms.

Austin Ed Fund will also consider a select number of two-year grants for up to $10,000.

To reward project leads and collaborators for their work going above and beyond in implementing their project, applicants may include supplemental pay within their overall budget request. Applicants may request up to 10 hours of supplemental pay for the project lead. Or, applicants may request up to 20 hours of supplemental pay to compensate the project team (which may include multiple collaborators). The current supplemental pay rate for planning/prep for professional staff is $25/hour, while classified staff will be paid their usual hourly rate.

Term of Contract:

Austin Ed Fund will consider multi-year requests. Austin Ed Fund will offer this Special Grant Program in order to be responsive to school needs that arise during the spring and summer.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Austin ISD campuses are eligible, but priority will be given to campuses with a higher percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced meals or to projects that address marginalized student groups, like students who identify as non-white, economically disadvantaged, English language learners, special education, refugees, immigrants, homeless, etc.

Out of Scope Budget Items:
- Salaries
- Maintenance/facility improvements
- Technology/equipment typically covered by public funds
- Costumes
- Event/food sponsorships

Pre-Application Information:

Cycle 1
- February 19, 2021 – Application window opens
- April 2, 2021 – Application deadline
- April 27, 2021 – Award notification
- April 30, 2021 – Funds transferred to campus

Cycle 2
- May 10, 2021 – Application window opens
- June 25, 2021 – Application deadline
- August 2, 2021 (tentative) – Award notification
- August 4, 2021 (tentative) – Funds transferred to campus

Applications that are not awarded in Cycle 1 may be considered in Cycle 2. All unawarded applications from 2020 must be resubmitted to be considered again for 2021.


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

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Austin Ed Fund
4000 S. IH35 Frontage Road
Austin, TX 78704

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USA: Texas: Austin

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