Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

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

These grants give educators the chance to deepen their work with Facing History and use our content in new and innovative waysAccepting applications now!


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Announcing the 2017 Margot Stern Strom Innovation Grants

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. Then, see how you can win a grant to design your own project about empathy.

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Submit Your Idea for a Chance to Win.

Submissions will open on Monday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET. You can enter with these easy steps:

  1. Create an online account with Facing History by May 18, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. ET, if you don’t already have one.
  2. Design a project that addresses how you will make “hard” empathy a more tangible, concrete experience for young people in your classroom. 
  3. Prepare a video, two minutes or less in length, describing your project and how it could be replicated by other teachers. Be sure your video includes how your proposed project encourages students to be more intentional in their decision-making and civic engagement.
  4. Fill out the application and submit your video by Friday, May 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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 will open on Monday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET and will close on Friday, May 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Grants will be announced in the spring 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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