The Clever Kids Foundation (CKF) is a non-profit organization focused on nurturing and supporting elementary-aged students who have demonstrated a creative spirit, innovative foresight and/or artistic talent. We seek to ensure that these students are rewarded for their efforts, incentivized to expand their creativity and innovation, and not hindered by financial boundaries.
Do you have an idea you want to try in your classroom? Apply for any of the following Idea Challenge mini-grants to make your dream a reality!
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Every day, teachers are challenged to keep children engaged in the learning process to prepare them to thrive in today’s diverse, digitally and globally interconnected world. To be successful, students must learn essential skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication and collaboration. While the focus in many public schools is on testing, we seek to expand and reward creative learning opportunities, whether during the regular school day or via enrichment activities, especially those that contribute to the greater community. In so doing, we recognize the importance of innovative educational experiences and the need to foster student growth outside of the standard curriculum.
The Idea Challenge
To achieve our Mission, the Clever Kids Foundation has developed the CKF Idea Challenge. The Idea Challenge allows students, with the assistance of their school, teacher, and/or parent/guardian, to apply for a mini-grant of up to $500 of seed funding to support the students’ innovative projects and allow them to become a reality.
Do you have an idea you want to try in your classroom? Apply for any of the following Idea Challenge mini-grants to make your dream a reality! Currently, we have three independent Idea Challenge mini-grant opportunities:
1. Creativity and Innovation Idea Challenge
2. Sustainability Idea Challenge
3. Commitment to Community Idea Challenge
Click on the links below to obtain an application form and sample materials to assist you in submitting your proposal:
CKF Idea Challenge Mini-Grant Application Worksheet Note: We provided this worksheet to help you draft your answers for the application.
Note: Please see CKF Grant Information Guidelines for more details.
Any student currently enrolled in a Baltimore County or Baltimore City public elementary school in grades K-5 is eligible to apply for an Idea Challenge Mini-Grant. Students may apply individually or collectively as a class or group.
Creativity and Innovation Idea Challenge (CIIC)
CKF is committed to a simple premise: students should be encouraged to think creatively and be rewarded for their innovation. Children routinely think outside the box – their creativity is limitless and much less constrained by experience. Unfortunately, many public schools lack the resources to support these ideas. The Creativity and Innovation Idea Challenge seeks to reward students with ideas that exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills such as creativity, innovation, problem solving and collaboration. If you have an idea that accentuates these skills, please submit it for our consideration below.
Sustainability Idea Challenge (SIC)
We are all responsible for addressing our environmental challenges and ensuring that our air, climate, land, food, energy, water, and ecosystems remain sustainable for generations to come. The Sustainability Idea Challenge seeks to reward creative or innovative student ideas that advance “green” initiatives, safeguard natural resources, and promote a sustainable way of life. If you have an idea that will help save our planet for future generations, enter the challenge below.
Commitment to Community Idea Challenge (CCIC)
CKF is firmly rooted in Baltimore, Maryland and recognizes that there are vast divides between communities, some located just blocks from one another. The Commitment to Community Idea Challenge seeks to support innovative programming or ideas that foster diversity and inclusion, encourage cross-cultural collaboration, and recognizes the need to work open-mindedly to improve the community for all.