Providing grants to educators to develop and launch new schools
The Walton Family Foundation has supported the creation and growth of diverse, high-quality charter schools since 1997 as part of our effort to give all families — especially those with the greatest needs — the opportunity to choose the best options for their children. In our Public Charter Startup Grant Program, we focus on supporting high-quality and high-potential charter schools serving low-income children in our target geographies.
The foundation has invested more than $407 million to grow high-quality charter schools since 1997.
Going forward, the Walton Family Foundation is committed to helping high-performing charter management organizations expand and replicate what works. It is also committed to investing more in small, independent operators who have new ideas about how to provide high-quality educational options to high-needs students. We believe entrepreneurs with new ideas can innovate, answer communities’ demands, and create great schools that meet each child’s unique needs.
To receive Walton Family Foundation (WFF) Public Charter Startup Grant funding, an applicant may follow one of two paths:
1. Apply to one of our partners — The foundation partners with local and national organizations to support qualified school operator affiliates. Startup support may be available to qualified affiliates of the following partners. If you are affiliated with one of the following, please reach out to your appropriate relationship manager at one of these partner organizations.
2. Apply directly to the Walton Family Foundation. We seek to fund high-quality and high-potential operators with plans to open new public schools in WFF target geographies. These schools will strive to transform learning and significantly improve academic outcomes for K-12 students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.
Traditional startup grants vary depending on funding needs and network size and range from $100,000 to $325,000. Funding can be used to support the startup and launch costs associated with opening a new school. Learn more about our funding levels.
We are currently accepting inquiries from operators planning to open a school in a WFF target geography in fall 2017 or 2018.
1. Complete online eligibility form
2. Receive invitation from WFF to apply for funding in spring 2017
3. Complete application and WFF interview
Funding decisions will be made in summer 2017.
Initial qualifying criteria for applicants:
If you are a current WFF grantee, you must be up-to-date on all of our reporting requirements to apply.
The foundation’s strategy is to focus grants on a limited number of districts to make significant changes in those locations. Only public charter schools drawing a majority of their students from the following districts may apply:
If you believe you meet the initial qualifying criteria, please complete the online eligibility questionnaire.