Support for educational opportunities for youth, beginning with the first years of formal schooling and continuing through advanced graduate training, is a cornerstone of Carver Trust giving. Grant-making activities in this area are divided into three, broad categories: elementary and secondary education, higher education, and support for public libraries and other community-wide educational initiatives.
Although the range of projects is quite diverse, Trust consideration is extended to those that clearly demonstrate a commitment to offering equitable and effective assistance to students in meeting their academic goals. Typically, such endeavors seek to increase educational opportunity through enhanced access to resources and the application of innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
In the area of elementary and secondary education, grants are generally awarded for classroom- or curriculum-based initiatives offered at the kindergarten through twelfth-grade level and implemented across multiple sites within the Trust's geographical area of interest.
Eligible requests in higher education include academic and research projects submitted by accredited baccalaureate, comprehensive and research institutions in Iowa and parts of Illinois.
Information concerning support for community-based library facilities and related services is available through the Trust’s grant program for Iowa public libraries.