Charitable Giving

Apply for the Paul Hastings Equitable Education Fund

Established in 2020, the Paul Hastings Equitable Education Fund (EEF) invests in K-12 schools in traditionally underserved communities with cash grants to support the innovative and vital work of educators.

The EEF seeks to counter systemic socio-economic inequality in the educational system by providing access to critical resources and encourage innovative programming that addresses these issues. We are currently accepting funding proposals from U.S. educators in K-12 public, private, or charter schools in traditionally underserved communities for:

- Evidence-based programming that addresses demonstrable gaps in students’ learning
- Innovative programming that removes systemic barriers to academic opportunity

Successful proposals will be targeted to a single and distinct program or solution that addresses a clearly defined need. Programs should be targeted to be implemented in the 2022-2023 school year.

Applications are scrutinized for the balance of funding between program operations and supplies, materials and training. While we understand that the need for classroom supplies, electronics, and professional development are at an all-time high, no one category should account for more than 50% of the application.

Who We Fund

The fall grant cycle is open to U.S. educators working at accredited K-12 public, private or charter schools that maintain a 501(c)(3) or 509(a)(1) tax-exempt status in traditionally underserved communities. During the application process, applicants will be asked to identify the percentage of students from low-income households attending their school and indicate whether or not the school is Title 1 eligible.

No grants will be awarded to institutions that discriminate or restrict admission on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any basis prohibited under federal, state or local law.

Past recipients of EEF grants are invited to apply without prejudice, so long as reporting requirements for the previous grant have been met and the school remains in good standing with the EEF. A special version of the application is available for schools seeking additional funding for previously funded programs, and can be accessed through the main application link.


RFP Period May 4 - June 2, 2022

Award Notification June 30, 2022

Acceptance Deadline July 31, 2022

How to Apply

Applications are available online at, and request the following information:

- Applicant’s contact information and basic facts about their school
-Description of your school community and demographics (200 word maximum)
- A Statement of Need that defines the problem to be addressed in the applicant’s community, and provides specific data and evidence to illustrate that need (200 word maximum)
- A detailed Project Description of the proposed program that outlines specific methods and strategies related to the situation described in Statement of Need (350 word maximum)
- Details on the proposed Program Budget, broken out by expense category (our template required)
- Proposed plan to Evaluate the impact of the applicant’s program outlining specific metrics with baseline values that will be tracked and report backed to the grants committee (200 word maximum)
- Description of the Sustainability of the applicant’s project, including other funding sources secured or sought, and how it will continue if successful (200 word maximum)

Returning EEF Grant Recipients seeking funding for a new program must be in good standing with the fund after meeting the reporting obligations of the previous award, and will fill out a new application. Grant recipients seeking additional funding for a previously funded program should have fully implemented the program and have initial results to share. An alternate application will be required that asks the following additional information:

- An Update on Progress describing the implementation of your program from the initial grant, including lessons learned and any course corrections made (350 word maximum)
-Evaluation of initial results, tracked against the KPIs reported in your approved grant proposal (200 word maximum)
- Accounting of the Budget Expenditure of the original grant, and a new detailed Program Budget for the new grant amount (our template required)
-Description of how continued funding will enhance, grow, or change the program’s impact, or contribute to its long term sustainability. (200 word maximum)

All proposals will be reviewed by a committee of Paul Hastings attorneys and staff, and scored against a rubric available online. The committee may need to contact the applicant to clarify or expand upon your answers, so accurate methods of contact should be provided. The committee will not review supplemental materials not requested on the application form; please do not provide.

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Updated 5/9/2022