The Schwab Foundation funds proven, evidence-based programs with clearly defined goals, objectives/outcomes, and a sound evaluation plan. Other key elements that will be considered in reviewing proposals include:

  • Clear connection to the funding priorities of the Schwab Foundation outlined above
  • Reasonable expenditure per student served (A program that serves a smaller number could be considered for funding if it serves a group which is not served adequately by other programs.)
  • Must be Measureable
  • Must be Sustainable. We prefer not to be the only funder of a program
  • Focus on a diverse student population

Concept Letters

In some cases, the Schwab Foundation is also willing to consider funding for planning grants and/or carefully controlled innovative pilot programs with an eye toward more substantial funding if outcomes warrant it. Pilot programs selected for funding must show promise of being replicable in a variety of educational settings. It is strongly suggested that applicants who wish the Foundation to consider grant requests for planning and/or pilot projects submit a two-page concept letter outlining the project to the Foundation. If there is interest, the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal.

What We Don’t Fund

  • Educational Scholarships
  • General Operations
  • Capital Improvements
  • Equipment
  • Salaries (unless position is fully associated with the program being funded)
  • No more than 10% of any award may be used for food