The National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) is pleased to announce the seven recipients of Episcopal Urban School Alliance (EUSA) Grants, totaling $34,000, for the 2013 cycle. Six recipients will each receive $5,000 for use in the 2013-2014 school year, while one recipient will receive $4,000.
EUSA grants are supported by a grant to NAES from the Good Samaritan Foundation of Wilmington, Delaware. The seven 2013 grants will support institutional planning and board development, professional development of faculty and staff, and marketing and recruiting efforts at these schools, which educate children in historically under-served, low-income communities.
“We are grateful to the Good Samaritan Foundation for its support for the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Urban School Alliance and its members,” said the Rev. Daniel R. Heischman, D.D., executive director of NAES.
The recipients, the projects, and brief explanations (taken from the applications) follow:
Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, Richmond, VA — Marketing and Recruitment. Support for expanded printed materials and website redesign for marketing and student recruitment efforts.
The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, Washington, DC — Faculty Professional Development. Training in Responsive Classroom methodologies.
Epiphany School, Dorchester, MA — Strategic Planning. Support for the planning phase of an Early Learning Center for children from birth through kindergarten.
St. Andrew’s School, Richmond, VA — Mission Sustainability Consultation. Support for strategic planning, fundraising counsel, and board education.
St. Elizabeth’s School, Denver, CO — Faculty Professional Development. Support for technology integration and curricular enrichment.
St. James School, Philadelphia, PA — Marketing and Outreach Initiative. Support of redevelopment of print, video, website, and electronic marketing and outreach materials.
Trinity Episcopal Day School, Hartford, CT — Faculty Professional Development. Support for staff participation in Uncommon Impact’s “Train-the-Trainer” program.
In 2009, the National Association of Episcopal Schools created the Episcopal Urban School Alliance (EUSA) to bring together and support the growing number of Episcopal schools seeking to make a significant difference on behalf of children and families in poverty. Working in historically under-served, low-income communities, most of these schools educate children using a tuition-free model that relies on donations, grants, and in-kind services to sustain the school financially. Others have adopted a sliding scale fee structure or meet the school’s operating costs through a combination of low fees and charitable contributions.