We Consider Opportunities to:
Support advocacy and research focused on:
- Creating and sustaining a system for all children in Pennsylvania to access high-quality pre-kindergarten as part of a continuum of early childhood education.
- Creating and sustaining a stable, equitable, and adequate funding system that provides the resources needed for student success from kindergarten through 12th grade.
What We Fund:
- State advocacy focused on securing the resources and systems necessary for high-quality pre-school, elementary, and secondary education.
- Research, analysis, and public education related to the importance of early childhood education and equitable and adequate school funding.
- Grant support may be used for planning, staff time, and direct costs.
What We Do Not Fund:
- Work with primary impact outside of Pennsylvania.
- Work that is not grounded in relevant data and supported by a strong research base.
- Political lobbying or legislative activities.*
Funding will not be considered to any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, or sexual orientation in policy or practice.
Evaluating Proposals and Grants:
How do we select grantees?
We select grantees based on:
- Prior track record in successfully advocating for policies that increase access to high-quality educational opportunities.
- Proven ability to reach target audiences with strategic communications.
- Collaboration with others pursuing a similar outcome.
- Ongoing assessment of efficacy of practices and impact.
- Incorporation and representation of Pennsylvania’s diverse communities.
- Financial and management capacity to ensure successful implementation.
How do we measure success?
For all Great Learning grants, our success is ultimately measured by improvements in outcomes for students. State policy seeks to advance the conditions needed to pursue those outcomes. We measure the success of such efforts by examining:
- Faithful execution of work plans while also demonstrating ability to course-correct as needed.
- Evidence that intended audiences are utilizing and promoting relevant research and data.
- Quality of communications strategies, ability to frame issues for public understanding, and successful outreach to constituents.
- Use of evaluation metrics to inform strategies and tactics.
- Improvements in access to high-quality pre-kindergarten and progress toward an equitable and adequate school funding system.