Equity, Diversity are focus of updated OSDEF grant category

OSDEF Logo with image of stick figures of an adult and children and the name of the Foundation beneathThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) will begin accepting Teaching & Learning Grant Requests for the 2020-21 school year on Monday, August 3.

OSDEF remains committed to removing barriers for OSD students. To encourage more requests for programs and projects with a focus on equity, diversity and bias, the Foundation has renamed the “Building Student Character Grant” the “Cultivating Engaged Citizens Grant” and incorporated language that supports OSD Student Outcome #4.

The Cultivating Engaged Citizens Grant supports “students in their efforts to develop the skills, knowledge and courage to identify and confront personal, systemic and societal bias. It also supports students seeking to understand the value of community service and advocate for improvement using natural resources in an efficient and sustainable way. This includes the development and implementation of programs that address: equity, diversity and bias; civics; philanthropy; and being good stewards of the earth. Activities funded by the grant may include: assemblies; workshops; athletics; nutrition; school beautification projects; and community service projects.”

Most OSDEF Teaching & Learning Grants can be awarded in amounts of up to $1,500. This year, grant requests will be reviewed quarterly instead of monthly. Deadlines, instructions and applications may all be found here. If you received a grant last year, you must submit a Post-Grant Report prior to applying for a grant this year.