The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.

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Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

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Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

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William T. Grant Scholars Program

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Institutional Challenge Grant

The online application is now open. The next deadline for applications is September 10, 2020, at 3:00 PM EST. Updated application guidelines are now available.

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Featured Updates

Institutional Challenge Grant

President’s Comment: It’s Time for Universities to Fulfill their Promise as Engines of Social Change

Collaboration between universities and community agencies is essential for developing and testing practical responses to persistent racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequalities that afflict our nation. Here, Adam Gamoran expands on how the Foundation’s Institutional Challenge Grant can help support such collaboration and allow universities to fulfill their potential for leadership towards social justice.
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Featured Work

Connection as Empowerment: How Social Bonds can Reduce the Effects of Poverty and Racism on Youth

By Joseph Allen

As part of their grant, “The Connection Project: A Social Intervention to Reduce Drivers of Disparity for Disadvantaged Youth,” Joseph Allen and colleagues are examining whether and how a school-based, experiential program to enhance students’ social supports could play a part in reducing racial and socioeconomic inequalities in academic, behavioral, and health outcomes. In this post, Allen shares initial findings, discusses the role of programs like the Connection Project in the context of broader structural reforms, and outlines next steps for the work.

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Foundation News

Fostering Equitable and Effective Use of Digital Tools in K-12 Classrooms

By Carolyn Heinrich, Jennifer Darling-Aduana, and Annalee Good

Digital educational tools are touted for their promise in increasing equitable access to enhanced learning opportunities and improving educational outcomes for K-12 students. Yet there is a growing consensus that the thorniest challenges schools and educators face in integrating educational technology are around how digital learning interacts with the systemic social, economic, racial, and historical patterns of inequity in education.

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Staff Writing

Vivian’s Voice: Meeting this Moment

By Vivian Tseng

“At our recent William T. Grant Scholars retreat, I had the opportunity to share my reflections with early- and mid-career academics about ways they might meet this moment, and in this post I expand on three recommendations: 1) act now but plan for the long game, 2) build your relationships with change partners and your understanding of change processes, and 3) know yourself and care for yourself.”

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