Office of Research

Family and Community Roles in Supporting Student Success


The foundation’s Pacific Northwest Team is interested in supporting programs and research that advance understanding about the impact of family and community on student achievement from early childhood through college. Approximately ten grants of $25,000 to $50,000 each will be awarded for 2013.



Student success is a shared responsibility among families, communities, and schools. Family and community supports are a determining factor in student engagement and success in school. While research supports that effective teaching is the most critical student success factor within school settings, there is a growing body of emerging research and practice exploring the family and community roles that can have the biggest impact on student learning.


Funding Criteria

We support programs and research which:

  • Target the elimination of educational disparities for low-income students and students of color
  • Demonstrate a commitment to improving student engagement and achievement through the use of family or community supports and interventions
  • Exhibit commitment and organizational capacity to facilitate meaningful collaboration and input from multiple community stakeholders or organizations
  • Provide evidence of sufficient capacity and commitment to collect and share data to inform activities and measure the impact of these activities on student achievement


The Pacific Northwest Team serves residents of Washington State and select Oregon communities (Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties). We are not able to fund proposals from for-profit organizations or individuals. Public schools seeking grants should apply for a grant through their school district. For this grant opportunity, we are not able to accept applications for projects that require a fiscal sponsor or fiscal agent.

Application Instructions

Please email if you are interested in submitting an LOI by 5:00 PM Wednesday, November 21, 2012. A required letter of intent is due to the sponsor on 12/1/12, so you will need to have your proposal to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 11/21/12 for processing if given the go ahead by the review committee.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


11/21/2012 UW Internal Deadline Closed
11/21/2012 OSP Deadline
12/01/2012 Sponsor Deadline

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications

1 (* As of 11/20/12 1:50PM this opportunity has been claimed on a "first-come first-served" basis. *)

Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at