LEARNING for Equity Grants

LEARNING for Equity grants (formerly Classroom Grants) are designed to support small-to-medium-sized projects that involve multiple educators in a “cohort” or team at a single school. (In some job categories, cohorts stretch across schools.)

Award amounts range from $1,000 to $15,000.

See this list of  LEARNING for Equity Grants Awarded, Fall ’21

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

Priority Funding Areas

LEARNING 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 Support & Intervention
  • Strengthening the Pipeline for Educators of Color

*This priority funding area is open to all demographic groups in ’22-23

Explicit About Equity

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

  • Why? (What is the equity challenge you are trying to solve?)
  • For whom? (Who is the proposed audience?)
  • By whom? (What relevant qualifications does the educator team have?)
  • What? (What is the intended curriculum or content?)
  • How? (What is the chosen pedagogy? How will the project be implemented?)

Cohort Collaboration

To drive cohort-based systems change, LEARNING for Equity proposals will be evaluated on the systems & structures already or soon to be in place to support collaboration, coordination & communication of the team throughout the project.

“Cohorts” are comprised of a Project Lead (the applicant) and Collaborators (named in the application) who are fully committed to the project.

  • In BUSD, many cohorts exist at a single school. (For example, grade-level teams, subject/function-area teams, LEARNS/BEARS Instructional Techs at a site, or counselors @ Berkeley High.)
  • In some cases, cohorts exist across schools. For example, TK educators, Science Resource Teachers, OFEE Specialists, and Garden Educators).
  • LEARNING for Equity proposals from a single educator will not be accepted.


Bring your questions and project ideas to one of our Grants Office Hours this fall! We can brainstorm together!

Got project scope questions? Email Duffy Ross: duffyross@berkeley.net

Got technical/application questions? Email Diane Dew: schoolsfund@berkeley.net

Investing in Recovery to          Level the Playing Field

With a mission laser-focused on equity, the Berkeley Public Schools Fund seeks to amplify existing and seed new work that levels the playing field for BUSD students furthest from opportunity.

Application Timeline

  • The ’22-23 LEARNING for Equity grant application opens on Mon, Aug 8
  • Grant Office Hours run throughout the open application period
  • The application deadline is Thurs, Sept 22
  • Applicants notified of funding status by Fri, Oct 21

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