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IPS Foundation invests $100,000 to support district’s strategic initiatives to increase equity in education/La Fundación IPS invierte $100,000 para apoyar las iniciativas estratégicas del distrito para aumentar la equidad en la educación

School and program leaders across Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will be able to tap into a new grant program to enhance efforts to provide students with the resources needed to succeed, thanks to a new investment from the district’s foundation.

Officials with the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) announced today it is investing $100,000 in non-competitive grants for all IPS schools and programs during IPS Week. 

“What this means is that every school and program has the opportunity to receive a grant award of $1,250 to help them rebuild stronger,” said IPSF CEO, Stephannie Bailey. “Together, as a community, we can continue to pursue racial equity, foster teaching innovation, and provide accessible high-quality educational opportunities to all IPS students.”

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the IPSF launched the IPS Education Equity Fund to expand the capacity of IPS to meet the urgent and unanticipated needs of students, staff, and families.

Bailey noted that thanks to generous IPS Education Equity Fund donors, school and program leaders may submit a project that aligns with at least one of the three priority areas of the fund: 

  • Rapid Response: Address urgent needs of students and remove barriers to learning.
  • eLearning: Enhance the eLearning experience through ongoing integration of technology.
  • Recovery and Return: Support the physical and mental wellness of students and staff after months of remote learning.

“We are extremely grateful to the IPS Foundation and to the donors of the IPS Education Equity Fund for strongly believing in our school district,” said IPS Supt. Dr. Aleesia Johnson. “IPS needs these types of investments into education and equity to improve the overall student experience, which includes equitable access to devices and technology and removing barriers to academic excellence, to ensure our students successfully graduate prepared for life after high school and beyond.”

The Foundation partners with IPS to ensure students have the resources and support they need to succeed.In the last year, the IPS Foundation has invested more than $1.7 M to support strategic initiatives.

These investments include support to programs that enhance post-secondary readiness, promote racial equity, increase authentic engagement, and ensure the district is equipping IPS classrooms for 21st-century learning.