Education

Education can help break the cycle of poverty.

Providing high-quality academic and developmental opportunities helps young people build the skills they need to succeed in school and life.

Priorities

The Foundation supports capital, operating, and program grants primarily in its priority communities in the following areas:

The Foundation supports programs that help youth (ages 11–21) meet key milestones and develop skills and introduce them to a wide variety of academic areas and careers, equipping them to graduate high school, complete postsecondary education or training, and build a career.

Projects should have a proven record of fostering academic and postsecondary success, focus on creating paths to college completion or well-paying jobs, and prioritize young people in planning and decision-making.

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • Science, technology, engineering, art, and math programs in or outside of school that engage students in project-based learning, build technical skills, and provide real-world work experiences that result in college credit or come with stipends.
  • College access and completion programs that help students — in partnership with their families — identify aspirations, navigate the application and admissions process, and persist through graduation.
  • Programs that enable youth who are not in school or working to reengage in their education and community, develop skills, and get on a path to enter and complete postsecondary education or training.
  • Capital for labs, studios, and other facilities that provide the space and technology for young people to develop their skills and passions and support them on the path to college or careers.

The Foundation supports programs that help middle and high school students stay on track to graduate with the skills they need to be successful, such as reading and math proficiency, and that provide advanced learning and enrichment opportunities for youth with limited access to such experiences. Projects must have an evidence-based academic component with demonstrated results.

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • Proven models that help students master core academic subjects (e.g., algebra) and foster successful transitions from middle to high school and to postsecondary education.
  • After-school, weekend, or summer programs that work with students for a minimum of six weeks over the summer and one year during the school year and blend academic learning with enriching activities to increase educational achievement, school attendance, and positive social behavior.
  • Programs that increase access to advanced learning opportunities that promote higher achievement and future success.

The Foundation supports programs that bolster the physical and mental well-being of adolescents so they can fully engage in school and life.

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • Youth development programs grounded in sports that provide mentorship, academic support, and athletic competition.
  • Innovative programs that support the mental health and well-being of young people who face significant challenges, including LGBTQ+ youth and young people experiencing homelessness or who are not in school or working.
  • Capital for facilities to provide high-quality sports-based youth development programs.

I like hands-on stuff. And science is kind of like, you get to learn about the world….It’s a lifelong thing that you’ll take with you.

Apply for a Grant

The Foundation has an online application process for all capital, program, and operating grant requests. To learn more about how to apply, including eligibility, click the link below.

If you have a visual impairment or any difficulty in navigating our grants intake tool, please email grantsintake@hjweinberg.org. We will be pleased to assist you.

Key Initiatives

This $30 million multiyear partnership builds and transforms public school libraries in Baltimore City neighborhoods where many students face academic and economic challenges. The Library Project serves over 7,700 students and their families through 17 libraries.

This partnership, which has grown to include nearly a dozen national and local funders, supports high-quality summer programs for children and youth. Programs address one or more of the following areas: literacy; science, technology, engineering, and math; youth employment; college and career readiness; environmental education; health; and enrichment, including sports and arts programming.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, or require any additional information regarding the grant process, please contact grantsintake@hjweinberg.org.