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 for our Fall grants cycle through September 22, 2021.

If you have questions regarding a previously submitted application, please email us at csr@paulhastings.com

What We Fund

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:

- Social-emotional learning programs and support for students returning to in-person instruction
- Innovative solutions for presenting curriculum in a virtual environment
- Specific programming that address demonstrable gaps in students’ learning

Successful proposals will be targeted to a single and distinct program or solution that addresses a clearly defined need. Grant awards in this cycle are capped at $50,000, and will be paid in a single installment.

While we recognize there is a tremendous need for classroom technology and teacher training, we ask that the budget for electronics and professional development not exceed 50% of the total grant request. Grant funds cannot be used for stipends, salaries, or overtime wages.

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.

Special consideration is given to schools located near a Paul Hastings office, or those that engage or plan to engage our people in volunteerism.

Timeline

RFP Period September 1 – September 22, 2021

Award Notification October 22, 2021

Acceptance Deadline November 22, 2021

How to Apply

Applications are available online at www.paulhastings.com/educationfundapply.

Please be prepared to provide 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 (200 word maximum)
- A detailed Project Description of the applicant’s program, outlines specific methods and strategies, and relates to the needs described in the application (350 word maximum)
- Details on the proposed Budget, broken out by expense category. (Use of our template is required)
- Proposed plan to Evaluate the success of the applicant’s program, and the metrics they will track and report back to the grants committee (200 words maximum)
- Description of the Sustainability of the applicant’s project, and how it will continue if successful (200 word maximum)

All proposals will be reviewed by a committee of Paul Hastings attorneys and staff, and scored against a rubric available online.

If you have additional questions, please refer to the FAQs or email us at csr@paulhastings.com.