Gates Family Foundation announces new fund to support innovative education responses to COVID-19

Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: May 29, 2020

Public education, like many other aspects of our lives, has had to quickly adjust its delivery in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Yet as schools and families shift toward remote learning, not all students are equipped with the new prerequisites for public school learning: a laptop and a reliable home internet connection. You can read more of our coverage on Colorado’s digital divide here.

In response to communities in need of remote learning support, the Gates Foundation, Lyra Colorado, Empower Schools, RESCHOOL Colorado, the Donnell-Kay Foundation, Colorado Succeeds, and RootED have partnered to create the COVID-19 Education Innovation Fund. A total of $325,000 is available to individuals, local organizations and school districts working creatively to educate children right now, including:

  • Families who are facing financial barriers to remote learning can apply for funds that can be used for a variety of resources including books, art supplies, tutoring and more. Apply here.
  • Local efforts aimed at delivering instruction creatively and school districts working to respond to the disruptions of COVID-19 are also eligible for grants through the fund, and they can submit letters of interest to innovationfund@lyracolorado.org.

Applications and letters of interest will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply today to support remote learning among children in your community.

Beza Taddess

About Beza Taddess

Beza Taddess is the Communications and Policy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Beza supports the organization’s communications and outreach efforts and is here at the Children’s Campaign as part of the Public Interest Fellowship Program. She graduated from Colorado College in May of 2015 with a degree in sociology.