LEADING for Equity Grants

LEADING for Equity grants are designed to support larger, multi-layered projects that involve thoughtful coordination between multiple school sites and district staff (or are “district-wide”).

Award amounts range from $5,000 –  $30,000

Come discuss project ideas at the Schools Fund’s Spring ’22 Grants Office Hours

Check out this Side-by-side Comparison of LEADING for Equity and LEARNING for Equity grants

Priority Funding Areas

LEADING for Equity proposals will be prioritized where they clearly support at least 1 of the Schools Fund’s priority funding areas:

  • Emotional Health & Wellness
  • Digital Equity
  • Equitable Family Engagement
  • Positive Racial Identity Development/Culturally Relevant Learning
  • Focused Academic Intervention & Support
  • Strengthening the Pipeline for Educators of Color

Explicit About Equity

LEADING for Equity proposals will be evaluated based on the following equity dimensions:

  • Why? (What is the equity challenge/problem you’re trying to solve?)
  • For whom? (Who is the proposed audience?)
  • By whom? (What relevant qualifications do the educators have?)
  • What? (What is the curriculum or content?)
  • How? (What is the chosen pedagogy? How will the project be implemented?)

Systems Change

To drive systems change in BUSD, LEADING for Equity proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • The number of school sites involved in the project
  • The extent of district involvement/coordination
  • The systems & structures designed for district-to-sites collaboration, coordination & communication

Who Can Apply

To broaden our reach, the Schools Fund requests that BUSD educators participate (as Project Lead or Collaborator) in only 1 LEADING for Equity grant per year. (Educators may, however, participate in both a LEADING and a LEARNING grant simultaneously.)

LEADING for Equity proposals from a single school will not be accepted. Please consider whether a LEARNING for Equity grant may be a better fit. See this side-by-side grants comparison.

Engaged Stance 

The Schools Fund will be taking a more engaged stance with regards to LEADING for Equity grants moving forward, offering more touch points with Schools Fund staff and more support for grantees than in years past. Supports will include:

  • Optional Office Hours (during application period)
  • Initial Learning Conversation with the Applicant
  • Early Fall Goals & Evaluation Technical Support
  • Mid-project Learning Conversation

Grantee Requirements

We ask grantees to participate in the following:

  • 2-3 Learning Conversations (above)
  • Final Reflections (oral or written)

Investing in Recovery to Level the Playing Field

With a mission laser-focused on equity, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund is currently supporting new and amplifying existing work that levels the playing field for the students furthest from opportunity.

Application Timeline

LEADING for Equity grants open each spring (for the following year) and fall (for the remainder of the year).

Spring ’22 Round (for ’22-23 funding):

  • Fri Mar 4: Applications open
  • Thurs Apr 28 (5pm): Applications deadline
  • Fri June 3: All applicants notified of funding status

Fall ’22 Round (for ’22-23 funding):

  • TBD

Grantwriting Tools

For Current Grantees

Once a grant has been approved, payments can be requested by completing an Equity Grant Check Request Form

If you are paying BUSD staff for their time, please carefully read these Instructions for Completing BUSD Timesheets

When you finish your project, you will be asked to complete a CUSTOMIZED version of this Follow-up Report. Follow-up Report Instructions