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Supporting innovative ideas to accelerate learning

As schools in St. Louis prepare for potential prolonged closure, families and educators are working diligently to ensure young people in our city are safe, cared for, and positioned to learn. In the face of these immense challenges, we see remarkable ingenuity. As our community rallies together, The Opportunity Trust commits supporting and shining a light on these endeavors.

We have secured an initial fund of $200,000 to fuel these urgent efforts to support and accelerate learning for children in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. As part of this, we will be offering $500, $1,000, $2,000, and $5,000 grants to individuals and teams in St. Louis who are launching ideas to address the full range of student needs— from academic to social-emotional— while out of school in the coming weeks.

What are the criteria for the grant?


The idea supports an urgent need for St. Louis students, particularly those who are at most risk during this time.


It is clear on the outcomes it seeks to achieve, there is a path to be implemented in the near term, and has the necessary support and capacity to execute it well.


It’s an idea that the others can learn from and potentially replicate— i.e. it's scalable and the resources will be shared openly.


Represents an innovation or practice that could endure or evolve beyond school closures.

What are some ways educators and families are getting creative right now?

MIT is creating free weekly STEAM and invention packages organized by grade clusters (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) to help parents and edutors implement high-quality lessons at home.

Education Reimagined is hosting a nationwide Young Filmmakers Challenge. They are inviting young people to produce and submit a short film based on the theme: What if “school” as we know it didn’t exist?

Khan Academy and Pixar launched an “Imagineering in a Box” offering in which you can try your hand at designing amusement parks.


Key Dates

Online application opens

Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis

How do you apply?

  1. Review the criteria

  2. Develop your project plan

  3. Apply

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