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Matching Grants: Characteristics
All Challenge grant recipients shared the following characteristics:
  • A relentless focus on children and schools
    The leadership in each Challenge site continually evaluated its plans, strategies, and programs with a vigilant eye to the needs of the most important of the many players in school reform: our children and their teachers.
  • A broadly based planning process
    Although school districts have been partners in the planning, the proposals that emerged from each site were the product of broad-based collaboration involving local foundations, school reformers, universities, community groups, business leaders, and people working in schools.
  • An independent governing structure
    All grants were awarded to an independent, non-profit entity and not to local school authorities. Overseeing the implementation of each grant was a newly constituted governing board, composed locally from the same array of groups who engaged in the planning. It was these local Challenge governing boards that decided which schools and external partners received Challenge funding within their site.
  • An emphasis on collaboration and partnerships
    The Challenge encouraged whole-school reform through partnerships in which individual schools often grouped themselves into clusters, families, or networks; schools also linked with "external partners" such as a university, cultural institution, community group, local business, or reform organization.
  • Faith in the inventiveness and judgment of schools and teachers
    Unlike the usual funding pattern in which money is given to groups who in turn recruit schools interested in their particular brand of reform, Challenge funding entailed dollars flowing directly to schools that demonstrated the capacity and willingness to reform and that then recruited organizations to support their efforts. Moreover, the terms of each Challenge grant stipulated that no more than 10 percent of the funds awarded by the Annenberg Foundation could spent on administration, ensuring that at least 90 percent of Challenge monies went directly to schools and their partners.
  • Explicit political support
    Because a basic tenet of the Challenge was that strong community coalitions are necessary to ensure sustained progress, local elected and appointed officials publicly pledged their support for the Challenge and promised to help remove obstacles to schools' reform efforts.

Matching Grants: Amounts Awarded

    Site Grant Name Grant Award
    Date Awarded
    Large Urban Grants
    Bay Area (CA) Bay Area School Reform Collaborative
    $25 July 1995
    Boston Boston Plan for Excellence - Boston Annenberg Challenge $10 Jan. 1996
    Chicago Chicago Annenberg Challenge $49.2 Nov. 1995
    Detroit Schools of the 21st Century $20 Nov. 1996
    Houston Houston Annenberg Challenge $20 Jan. 1997
    Los Angeles Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project
    $53 Nov. 1995
    New York City New York Networks for School Renewal
    $25 Jan. 1995
    Philadelphia Children Achieving Challenge $50 Jan. 1995
    South Florida South Florida Annenberg Challenge
    $33.4 Jan. 1997
    Rural School Reform
    (National) Rural School and Community Trust $46.75 July 1995
    Arts Education Grants
    Minnesota Arts for Academic Achievement $3.2 July 1997
    (National) Transforming Education Through the Arts Challenge (TETAC) $4.3 Sept. 1996
    New York City Center for Arts Education $12 July 1996
    Special Opportunity Grants
    Atlanta Urban Atlanta Coalition Compact $1.5 June 1997
    Chattanooga Chattanooga-Hamilton County Public Education Foundation $2.5

    July 1995

    Leadership Development Initiative $1.5 July 1998
    Chelsea (MA) The Boston University/ Chelsea Partnership $2 July 1996
    Salt Lake City Eccles-Annenberg Challenge $4 Dec. 1996
    West Baltimore Baltimore New Compact Schools $1 April 1996