Fulcrum Programs-January 2021 Update

TAP – Deadline is January 8, 2021

The deadline for Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Grant Program (TAP) applications is January 8, 2021. In order to maintain our timeline and promised dates for determinations, there will be no exceptions for late applications.

Most applicants must provide supporting documentation, like tax forms. FACTS determines what documentation is needed based on how the application questions are answered. Applications can only be verified and processed once the necessary documentation is received by FACTS. It takes FACTS up to 14 business days to process applications once paperwork is received. January 8, 2021, is the deadline for both submitting the application AND submitting documentation.

Building Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program

The application window for this program opens on January 5, 2021. Application can be found HERE.

About the Program
The Fulcrum Foundation’s Building Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program is designed to assist schools in welcoming students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or class by increasing accessibility, promoting academic excellence and increasing cultural competency of teachers and staff. Grants through this program encourage schools to respect, celebrate and include the culture of each student as an integral part of a Catholic education and as a manifestation of Catholic identity.

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?
Grants awarded through this program are typically in the $10,000 range, though the Committee will accept and consider comprehensive and compelling applications up to $20,000. Please feel free to contact Susan Ocoma (206.683.8881 or susan.ocoma@fulcrumfoundation.org) if you would like examples of projects or initiatives that have been funded in previous years or if you need assistance determining if the project or initiative you have in mind is a good fit for the program.

Grants awarded through this program are intended for needs in the following categories:

  • Accessibility – enrollment management and marketing to attract and retain a diverse school community (students and staff)
  • Academic Excellence – curriculum enhancement, improving school climate, implementing a new program to support mutual intercultural competency
  • Professional Development – cultural competency and diversity training

How are awards determined?
Factors considered in determining grant awards and amounts include:

  • Capacity to enrich or support archdiocesan or school-wide diversity goals
  • Demonstration of financial need as related to goals articulated in grant categories above
  • A clear connect to a plan: a strategic plan, curricular plan, enrollment/marketing plan or accreditation goals

When is the application deadline and when will grant determinations be announced?
Applications must be submitted by February 19, 2021 to be considered for funding. All applicants will receive notice regarding the outcome of their application by no later than April 30, 2021.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The deadline for Round 1 of funding was 12/31/2020. We are creating the application and funding criteria for Round 2 of COVID relief funding and hope to have information to share on that in early February.

Please note that schools who received funding in Round 1 must submit an Impact Report detailing how they used their grant funds. A report template was emailed to you when the grant funds were disbursed. Schools must complete and submit their Round 1 Impact Report before applying for Round 2. No exceptions will be made.


Susan Ocoma, susan.ocoma@fulcrumfoundation.org

206.683.8881 (mobile)

Savannah Hawk, fulcrumadmin@fulcrumfoundation.org

206.219.5826 (office)