Connect, Collaborate and Celebrate what is going RIGHT in education today–charter schools!

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Building Hope’s IMPACT program launched its formal grants program in 2022, and our 3rd annual cycle will begin on October 23, 2023.

We will search the country for the next crop of winners in Educational Innovation, Community Engagement, Student Empowerment, and the S. Joseph Bruno Charter Leadership award-winning schools. Our Shellie-Ann Braswell “Shine Brighter” individual grant for charter school volunteers is also returning for a third year.

Our first two CoHorts of charter leaders have formed a tight-knit group of amazing leaders, who are dedicated to sharing their insights and helping other charter school leaders create a community that supports and elevates the entire charter school community.

The 3rd Annual Summit brings together past and present grant-award winners alongside amazing charter school leaders from across the nation with active, interactive sessions, dedicated networking opportunities, and an amazing time celebrating in Miami!

Tickets for the Summit and Awards Gala will be on sale October 23. (Quantities are limited to 300 participants.)


A way to recognize and support charter schools who are excelling in advancing education through community engagement, student empowerment, and educational innovation, and schools who are proven sustainable charter school models. We are also recognizing a charter school volunteer who has gone above-and-beyond in creating memories for students and a culture of proactive service in the school community.

Our goal is to distribute 13 Grants in total:

IMPACT AWARDS for Charter Schools:

Community Engagement: One $20,000 grant award winner. Two $10,000 finalist grants.

Student Empowerment: One $20,000 grant award winner. Two $10,000 finalist grants.

Educational Innovation: One $20,000 grant award winner. Two $10,000 finalist grants.

S. Joseph Bruno Award : One $20,000 grant award winner. Two $10,000 finalist grants.

IMPACT AWARD for Individual Charter School Volunteer:

Shellie-Ann Braswell “Shine Brighter” Charter Volunteer Award: One $5,000 grant.

We are also providing finalists an expense-paid trip to D.C. for our Building Hope Impact Summit & Awards to connect and collaborate with fellow charter leaders and leaders in the charter education space through programming dedicated to digging deep into what makes charter schools successful and how to level-up the IMPACT of the work.

Charter schools who have been operating for at least one school year and are in good standing with their districts/authorizers are eligible for IMPACT Grants. Only one award category can be applied for by a single charter school location for Student Empowerment, Community Engagement, and Educational Innovation. The Model Charter School to S. Joseph Bruno award requirements are for schools who have at least achieved their first charter renewal, and small networks of schools (under 10 locations) may apply as a group. Charter school volunteers who have at least one year of service at a school may apply for the Shellie-Ann Braswell Shine Brighter Award.

No. However, you may nominate a volunteer from your school for the Shine Brighter Award.

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After your nomination, we will send an email to the individual with an invitation to formally apply.

You may not nominate yourself for the individual Shine Brighter Award. Schools can directly apply for grants.

Our IMPACT Ambassadors will conduct initial rounds of vetting applicants for eligibility, and then through a baseline scoring rubric to evaluate submitted materials on Impact, Program, Leadership, Growth, and Support to provide to the Selection Committee. Our Selection Committee, comprised of BH Board of Directors members, BH Leadership, Sponsors, and other Educational Leaders, and former Grant Award winners, will review applications, conduct interviews via Zoom, and select in-person school visits, as well review of a final presentation at the BH IMPACT Summit & Awards. Applicant Semi-Finalists and Finalists will be announced on our site and in social channels. Final Award Selection and Grants will be determined at the Summit. Finalist applicants will be expected to deliver a 10-minute IMPACT Talk at the Summit to the Selection Committee to help determine final grant awards

Our Grants will be evaluated on Impact, Program, Leadership, Growth, and Support. Ongoing Q&A will be available at BHConnect.

On April 24 & 25, be ready to bring your special sauce to the table, so we can share best practices, brainstorm creative solutions, and connect with other amazing charter school leaders and advocates from across the country.

alk the walk every day, and this Summit is a chance to talk the talk about what is working and how we can help each other level-up our charter schools to better serve our students, families, and communities.

Breakfast & Lunch are included each day, as well as the Welcome Reception. We also have a slate of programming with over 15 sessions, and multiple opportunities to connect with other charter leaders, authorizers, select business partners, and associations.

Yes, Tickets will be available as of October 23rd  2023. You can purchase tickets here:

November 30, 2023 by 11:59 p.m. EST.