Gray Family Foundation Geography Education Program Grant Opportunity

The goal of the Gray Family Foundation’s (Gray FF) geography grant program is to spark th
e creativity, talent, and vision of Oregon’s formal and informal teachers, schools and districts, and communities to stimulate and promote the integration of geographic concepts and ideas into K-12 curriculum and instruction.

Gray FF, through our Geography Education Program, will award grants to projects that help students develop a command of geographic tools and perspectives, foster a sense of place in their local and global community and prepare them to engage in a way that sustains Oregon’s natural and built communities.

Up to $200,000 is available this year from Gray FF for projects that align closest with our goals and objectives. We will consider grant requests from $5,000-$30,000 per year for projects one to three years in duration. Gray FF is interested in reviewing proposals for a range of funding levels that best serve the specific needs of the project.OMSI_Hancock_binocs

Please review the Gray FF Geography Education Program RFP for further details: 2017 Geography Education RFP.

Please send any questions to Rachael Bashor at or 503.552.3511.



Gray Family Foundation Geography Education Program

As a result of funding Geography Education in Oregon, it is our hope that Geography Education can become a more meaningful part of the Oregon K-12 experience. We will observe more active stewardship of our natural and built communities and nurture Oregonians that are prepared to assume responsibility and make critical local and global decisions. These efforts will help create the conditions for strong Oregon communities, culture, economy, and environment.

Geography is…

Geography is the study of patterns, processes and connections that shape our world—the links between environment, people and culture. It is a way of understanding the differences and similarities between people, and how the places we live shape the people we are—and vice versa. Geography isn’t a discrete subject. It is a nexus between many subjects and disciplines. Being geography literate means being an empowered citizen. It unlocks doors to experiencing the world more richly and more knowingly.

Geography Education is…

Geography education must work to help each student approach the world from spatial and ecological perspectives; acquire knowledge and understanding about the world in spatial terms and about the physical and human systems represented in regions; and develop the skills necessary to apply geographic thinking.

Geography Education Considers…

Geography education must consider all aspects of place—natural, built, technological, and social (economic, political, cultural, historical, and aesthetic)—and acknowledge their interdependence, emphasizing the linking of civic engagement today with consequences for tomorrow.

In order to accomplish this, geography education should be continuous through the K-12
experience, be taught in tandem with, or integrated into, other subjects and offer students direct experiences beyond the classroom with local, regional, and global places.

floormapGeographically Literate Students are…

Geography education must help students develop a command of geographic tools and perspectives—a sense of place in their local and global community—which prepares them to engage in a way that sustains Oregon’s natural and built communities.