Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

For teachers who think outside the box, solve problems, and inspire students.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants.

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This year’s grant theme is inspired by Facing History’s online game for social change, Face the Future, created in partnership with the Institute for the Future. See how you can receive $2,500 to bring your idea to life.

How can you make “hard” empathy a more tangible, concrete experience for young people?

Now more than ever, we need to help students make sense of the world around them. Empathy can be an abstract concept, especially in the presence of so much divisiveness. Cognitive empathy—also known as “hard” empathy—requires us to use our full cognitive capacities to understand what someone else is thinking or feeling. It is also the only kind of empathy linked to taking future action.

Watch the video below to hear Jane McGonigal, Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future, explain how practicing these skills can help us all imagine a better future for ourselves and the world. 

About the 2017 Grants

Grant Amounts and Timeline

Twelve finalists will receive $2,500 each to implement their project. In the fall of 2017, two projects will be chosen from among the finalists for an additional $2,500 each in grant money to work with Facing History to enhance and promote their lessons to educators everywhere.

Submissions open Monday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET and close on Thursday, May 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Grants will be announced in the fall of 2017.

Read the FAQ and the official rules.  Please note that slightly different rules apply for participants in the UK; see the UK rules.

If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected].


The Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants are made possible through the generous support of the Fialkow family.

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