Fulcrum Foundation Programs Update: Tuition Assistance & School Partnership Grants

1.      The 2020-21 Fulcrum Foundation School Partnership Grant Program application window opens Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Accessing Grants Management System and Tutorials

The application is available via Foundant, the online grants management system Fulcrum utilizes. To access the grants management system, click here (bookmark in your browser for ease of future access). If you forget your password, please use the tool on the site to reset.

Program Overview

Catholic schools provide students an excellent academic and faith-based education that transforms their lives and strengthens the very fabric of the broader civic community. The Fulcrum Foundation’s School Partnership Grant (SPG) Program is designed to sustain and strengthen Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle to help ensure this legacy of success continues for generations to come.

Who can apply?

Any school in the Archdiocese of Seattle is eligible to apply for a grant through this program. Only one application per school will be accepted per year.

What can schools apply for?

Schools can apply for up to $50,000 in SPG funding for most anything related to sustaining and strengthening their school, including curriculum needs, capital projects, professional development and innovative projects or initiatives. Additionally, Catholic elementary schools in Pierce County may apply for up to an additional $50,000 in funding from the Frost and Margaret Snyder Foundation for purchases, projects or initiatives in the same areas.

What can’t schools apply for?

Funding will not be awarded for budget deficits, multi-year grants, salaries, tuition assistance, endowments, or capital campaign gifts.

How are awards determined? 

Awards and amounts are determined by Fulcrum’s Distribution Committee and are made based on impact to the school or region related to the domains of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS). To access and review the NSBECS online, click here. Grants are not determined based on financial need. The Committee will use a decision matrix to help determine grants and amounts. Please note that no applicant is guaranteed funding regardless of decision matrix score. The amount available (budget) and how each application compares to the total pool of applicants are also taken into account when determining grants and amounts.

When Is The Application Deadline And When Will Grant Determinations Be Announced? 

Applications must be submitted online by October 30, 2020, to be considered for funding. All applicants will receive notification of the outcome of their grant in late December 2020.


Contact Susan Ocoma, Fulcrum’s Programs Director, at susan.ocoma@fulcrumfoundation.org or 206.683.8881.

2.      TAP opens on October 1, 2020

Fulcrum is behind in getting information out to schools for this round of applications. Information will be coming this week. The good news is that there are no major changes to the anything this year. Fulcrum’s application questions will remain the same and the fee will remain $29 per family.

Dates to remember

Application window opens: October 1, 2020

Application deadline: January 8, 2021

High School awards determined by: February 3, 2021

High School letters mailed by: February 10, 2021

Elementary awards determined by: February 23, 2021

Elementary letters mailed by: March 5, 2021