Driven by our mission to champion equitable public education for students, families, and our community, the Schools Fund operates two grant programs: LEARNING for Equity and LEADING for Equity. Grants differ in size and scope, with a maximum of $25,000 awarded, and fall within six Priority Funding Areas, defined below.
For BUSD educators interested in applying for grants, go to our page: Schools Fund Grantmaking for Educators.
PRIORITY FUNDING AREAS
Digital Equity means that all students can access the hardware, software, and tech training necessary to rigorously and safely engage in 21st century digital society.
Emotional Health & Wellness
Emotional Health & Wellness means promoting the health and well-being of BUSD students, and especially those experiencing health gaps.
Diversifying BUSD Educator Pathways
Diversifying BUSD Educator Pathways means building the capacity of Berkeley public schools to attract and retain a diverse faculty so that BUSD educators at all levels better reflect and connect with our diverse student body.
Theory of Change
Equitable Family Engagment
Equitable Family Engagement includes culturally responsive and asset-based activities that connect schools to families and families to schools in ways that explicitly support student learning and/or well-being. In BUSD, equitable family engagement includes a special focus on minority, immigrant, English learner, unhoused and refugee families.
Culturally Responsive Learning/Positive Racial Identity Development
Culturally Responsive Learning thoughtfully connects students’ own cultures, languages, and life experiences to what they learn in school and how they learn it.
Positive Racial/Ethnic Identity Development nurtures a student’s positive identity and relationship with their racial/ethnic group while fostering a positive evaluation of that group.
Focused Academic Intervention & Support
Focused Academic Support & Intervention means that additional or strategically embedded academic support is designed for and given to specific student sub-groups experiencing learning gaps. In BUSD, focal students might include English Learners, students from racial groups experiencing equity gaps, students with IEPs, etc.
GRANT PROJECT EXAMPLES
Berkeley Public Schools Fund grants fill a variety of equity gaps at specific BUSD schools as well as across the district. The map below shows the breadth and geographic range of just a handful of ’23-’24 grant projects.
Preschools: Dance and Embodied Teacher Training w/ Luna Dance
Malcolm X: Transforming Math Education
Ruth Acty: Afterschool Academic Support
Sylvia Mendez: Culturally Responsive Spanish Language Development for African American Students
Washington: Afterschool STEM Program for Girls
BAM: Arab American Student Affinity Group
King Middle School: Young Men of Color Advisory Group
Longfellow Middle School: STEM Afterschool Enrichment
Willard Middle School: Showcasing and Teaching Diverse Art Books
Berkeley High School: Enhancing mental health at BHS’ New Wellness Center
The Schools Fund is thankful for critical input on our grants programs from our BUSD Teaching & Learning Advisors (TLAs)