Charitable Giving

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.

Our pilot grant phase for K-12 schools in the United States closed on February 28, 2021. Communications about submitted applications will be sent via email to the primary applicant listed in your submission. Decisions on all pilot phase applications will be communicated no later than March 31, 2021.

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

More information on future grant cycles will be posted on this page as they are available.

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 conducting a pilot program, and are calling for funding proposals from educators in K-12 public, private, or charter schools in traditionally underserved communities for:

- Programming and curriculum that address gaps in students’ learning
- Innovative solutions for presenting curriculum in a virtual environment

Proposals during the pilot phase should be targeted to a single school or classroom, and cover a period of about one year. While we recognize there is a tremendous need for classroom technology, we ask that the budget for electronics not exceed 50% of the total grant request.  Future grant cycles may include district-level funding opportunities for programs spanning a longer amount of time, but will not be reviewed at this stage. Receipt of a grant in the pilot phase will not exclude a school or educator from applying for future support.

Who We Fund

This US-based pilot program is open to 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

Our pilot grant phase for K-12 schools in the United States closed on February 28, 2021. Communications about submitted applications will be sent via email to the primary applicant listed in your submission. Decisions on all pilot phase applications will be communicated no later than March 31, 2021.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed. 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
- Proposed plan to Evaluate the success of the applicant’s program, and the metrics they will track and report back to the grants committee
- Description of the Sustainability of the applicant’s project, and how it will continue if successful

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.

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