Helping students learn


The Academic Opportunity Fund provides educators and schools with the resources they need to bridge opportunity gaps and create a level playing field for all students.

We prioritize grants that expand access to resources, opportunities, and support for students from marginalized and underserved communities.

Providing opportunities for BVSD students, from tutoring to software to transportation expenses, reduces the economic barriers to academic success.

Funding requests include

  • Academic tutoring before and after school
  • Test prep and other supplemental educational support
  • Class fees (lab materials, textbooks, test, or equipment fees)
  • Technology (software licenses, supplemental equipment)*
  • Music instrument rental and repair
  • Educator curriculum or materials for classroom use*
  • Classroom mental health resources (flexible seating, sensory materials, etc.)
  • Multicultural resources (books, art materials)

*Curricular and technology requests must be run through the district prior to approval and grant awarding.


The first round of the Academic Opportunity Fund for the 2023-24 school year closed September 11, 2023.

Grant application guidelines can be found on the application webpage.

dyslexia training tool


In 2019, BVSD was working to roll out a new phonics-based curriculum in elementary schools and begin screening Kindergarten students to identify those at risk for dyslexia, but they lacked the funds to quickly train all educators.

Impact on Education, in partnership with Boulder Valley Kids Identified with Dyslexia (BVKID), stepped in to fund professional development and training for 46 BVSD interventionists and classroom educators.

The training took place in the summer of 2020 and meant that during the 2020-21 school year, every school in BVSD had at least one interventionist who was trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to better support students. In 2021, IOE also supplemented BVSD’s educator training, but we are pleased to share that over the summer of 2022, BVSD made their biggest investment to date for this critical training opportunity by funding 85 elementary educators to participate in the training.


A donation to Impact on Education allows us to invest in the 30,000 students and 4,000 educators of the Boulder Valley School District.


kids playing with learning toy in library

IOE grants provide $80,0000 to empower BVSD educators

From multiplication games to cello strings to unified PE equipment, our Academic Opportunity Fund continues to fill specific needs beyond the traditional classroom budget. The latest funding round provided $80,000 in grants to 74 educators across BVSD and will provide students access to academic support, supplies, technology, class fees, and more.

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How BVSD Wellness Centers support student resilience

We’re funding Wellness Centers across Boulder Valley School District because we believe they’re powerful tools for supporting our youth and helping them thrive. Students need support to manage their emotional health. Mental Health Advocates can help teach them how, while the BVSD Wellness Centers give them the space to do so.

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Tutoring provides students access to critical support and resources

We first partnered with the Arly Kruse Educational Foundation in 2021 to facilitate a $30,000 investment in targeted in-school and after school catch up tutoring for elementary students. They continue to help fund academic support and tutoring for BVSD families, and during the 2022-23 school year, the foundation funded nine of our Academic Opportunity Fund grant requests, providing over $23,000 in tutoring.

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Community conversation brings youth mental health to the forefront

Young people today are experiencing a mental health crisis unlike anything we’ve seen before. Nearly one in five youth in Colorado reported poor mental health in 2021 — double the rate seen in 2017. Social media, the pandemic, and climate change were just some of the external pressures students and parents cited during a panel discussion that gathered more than 300 people at Manhattan Middle School on April 12, 2023.

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