Need Ideas for the Fulcrum Foundation Building Diversity and Inclusion Grant Application?

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.

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 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

Here are some grant projects that we have funded in the last few years through the Building Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program:

  • Professional development in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
  • Purchase diverse library books – for example, where the protagonist is non-white, books by non-white authors, or age-appropriate books to help students learn about DEI
  • Attend a DEI conference (virtual or in person)
  • All-staff book read with a facilitator to lead discussions
  • Translation of marketing materials into languages other than English
  • Funding for art projects, saint murals, books, teaching artists and field trips to bring social justice and faith to life in the classroom.
  • Curriculum and textbooks that explore themes of racial justice

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.


Susan Ocoma,

206.683.8881 (mobile)

Savannah Hawk,