For over 55 years, The Edward E. Ford Foundation has made grants to independent schools throughout the United States. Over 800 different schools have received over 2,100 different grants from the Foundation totaling well over $118,000,000. The Foundation has long encouraged, and now requires, matching funds to be raised as a part of its application process so as to leverage even greater philanthropic support for independent schools. These matching grants now exceed an additional $110,000,000 in total support generated for NAIS schools.

We schedule three grant-making cycles annually (what the Foundation calls Agendas) in June, November and April. The June and November Agendas are when the Advisory Board considers Traditional Grant proposals. Schools that meet the eligibility criteria may pursue a grant for any purpose that the school head believes will assist and support the school in its work. The April Agenda is when the Board considers Leadership Grant proposals which involve a smaller number of applicants for larger dollar amounts.