Foundation and Corporate Grant-Making Initiatives

By May 2017…

  • The Grable Foundation will award $10 million in new grants to support innovative learning in-and out-of-school for children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, advancing STEM, STEAM, maker and technology-enhanced learning, especially in the region’s most economically-vulnerable communities.
  • An anonymous donor will invest more than $2.5 million in the Pittsburgh region to promote technology-rich and open-walled educational experiences for youth, particularly for populations underrepresented in STEM. This funding will also support meaningful partnerships between ed-tech companies and educational entities, as well as outreach to parents and families about innovative educational experiences.
  • The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation will provide $3.14 million to support STEAM and STEM learning including robotics, game design, animation, and maker learning in kindergarten-12th grade schools as well as informal learning centers. Additionally, Benedum will support, access to quality education technology, systems-building efforts to increase access to quality innovative learning opportunities, and teacher professional development through STEM centers of excellence.
  • Chevron Appalachia, LLC will commit more than $2 million in support and expansion of maker learning programs across western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and northern West Virginia, with an emphasis on serving rural communities. This includes funding for the Carnegie Science Center STEM Center, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the expansion of MAKESHOP to communities in the West Virginia panhandle, implementation of Project Lead the Way in twenty new schools, and various other initiatives.
  • The EQT Foundation will invest $2.9 million in supporting local programs and initiatives that involve hands-on STEM education, and development and support of the arts within Southwestern Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia.
  • The Buhl Foundation will commit $500,000 in new grants to support creative learning opportunities arising out of partnerships between schools and creative and performing arts organizations and museums.
  • The Heinz Endowments will invest $1.2 million to support quality STEM programming in schools and efforts to help teachers and students develop data fluency through focused professional development, project based learning, and use of appropriate assessment practices.
  • The Sprout Fund will disburse $300,000 in grants to catalyze innovative learning projects for children and youth, and to support the creation of learning pathways that enable teens to connect in school, out-of-school, and through online learning experiences. The Sprout Fund will also:
    • Distribute $30,000 in conference stipends to approximately 30 network members.
    • Convene 1000+ Remake Learning Network members by hosting 20+ gatherings to connect learning opportunities, events, & resources.
    • Amplify the voice of Remake Learning by sharing our region’s story of learning innovation with the world.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will provide 1,200 Kindle Fire devices to elementary schools in the region through a partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.