Remake Learning launches Moonshot Grants to inspire inventive education for the future

More than $1 million will be distributed to schools and educational nonprofits
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To inspire bold ideas, address challenges, and create new opportunities, Remake Learning will award more than $1 million in funding, through Moonshot Grants to schools and educational nonprofits in southwestern Pennsylvania and north-central West Virginia. The grant opportunity asks schools to dream about the future and build a better tomorrow for students.

This opportunity is an expansion of the Tomorrow Grants, which The Grable Foundation awarded to organizations with groundbreaking projects last year, as part of the future-focused Tomorrow Campaign. Similarly, the projects funded by Moonshot Grants will establish a foundation of engaging and innovative learning for decades to come. 

“This grant is meant to challenge educators to dream about the future and inspire them to build innovative learning,” said Tyler Samstag, Remake Learning Network Director. “Educators have a lot on their plates right now. This is an opportunity to apply for funds to test bold ideas and explore new possibilities to change the landscape of education.” 

The funding will be distributed in two phases to an anticipated 20-30 organizations. It will be awarded in two tiers, catalytic and advancing. Applicants may receive up to $30,000 of catalytic funds to support never-before-seen ideas, untested theories, and experimental projects; or up to $70,000 of advancing funds to test striking, emerging ideas based on early research from the field or other exploratory ideas. 

In addition to financial awards, Moonshot grantees will also receive professional learning and community-building opportunities through Remake Learning and KnowledgeWorks to expand creatively on project ideas.

“It’s all about dreaming big,” said Gregg Behr, Executive Director of The Grable Foundation and a co-chair of the Remake Learning Council. “Grants like Moonshot or Tomorrow Grants give schools the resources to tackle current challenges and provide benefits and opportunities that never existed before.”

Those eligible to apply must be listed in the Remake Learning network directory; applicants may add themselves at remakelearning.org/join. In addition to being included in the directory, applicants must be based in Remake Learning’s service area and a 501(c)3, school, university, or fiscally sponsored project, such as an out-of-school organization, early learning center, museum, library, or similar provider.

Support for Moonshot Grants is provided by The Grable Foundation, Hillman Family Foundation, Richard King Mellon Foundation, and Benedum Foundation.

Applicants may submit a proposal at remakelearning.org/grants after first attending one informational workshop, scheduled for February 18, March 9, and March 25. Proposals will be accepted through April 11. Awardees will be announced on May 10, 2021. 

Remake Learning – Remake Learning is a network that ignites engaging, relevant and equitable learning practices in support of young people navigating rapid social and technological change. Their purpose is to spark and share best practices and new ideas, make it easier for neighbors and colleagues to help each other, reduce duplicative efforts in the region, and leverage resources collectively for greater impact.