Our Mission is to increase well-being and happiness in individuals, organizations, and communities through "Kindness Grants."

PBIS Kindness Grant

PBIS School Kindness Grant Program
2022-2023 School Year

About the Choose Kindness Foundation

Our goal is to support the development of a culture of caring and kindness through systematic instruction and recognition of kind behaviors in all areas of the school community. While the Foundation affirms the importance of PBIS to reduce the frequency of unkind behaviors, this grant program funding is directed solely to increasing kind behaviors.

Purpose of PBIS School Kindness Challenge

The PBIS School Kindness grant project is designed to increase experiences and expressions of kindness in schools and create a more equitable environment through kindness. Choose Kindness Foundation Grants are targeted toward ensuring inclusive practices that ensure individuals from marginalized groups are in leadership roles and participate in significant numbers in the kindness activities.

Why Teach Kindness

Engaging all students in a consistent effort to implement kindness-related activities and behaviors (showing appreciation, offering to help, being friendly, and reaching out to those in need) across a variety of school and community settings offers schools a relatively simple way to create a culture of caring particularly during this difficult time of increasing mental health challenges.

Inclusive schools where everybody belongs, and all are valued are most likely to be successful in cultivating kindness and increasing feelings of social connections and well-being. In addition, the Choose Kindness Foundation Grants are targeted toward ensuring inclusive practices that ensure individuals from marginalized groups are included in leadership roles and participate in significant numbers in the kindness activities.

How Grant Schools Will Implement PBIS School Kindness:

  • Integrate teaching and rewarding of kindness skills within current PBIS expectations including teaching kindness in classrooms and all school settings, as well as schoolwide kindness campaign kickoff and celebrations.
  • Develop peer-mediated or student-led kindness groups (e.g., Kindness Crew) to plan and engage in kindness-focused activities in school and communities.
  • Develop Teacher Wellness through Kindness activities to promote staff self-care and wellness.

What We’re Offering

The Foundation is offering $5000 per school for the 2022-23 school year. Foundation resources are intended to contribute to a school’s capacity to teach, strengthen, and celebrate kindness expectations throughout the school and the school year. For example, funds may be used for updating PBIS signage and posters, kindness-related incentives for students, kindness kickoff events, teacher wellness activities, stipends for teachers to plan and participate in kindness professional development trainings, grade-level team meetings to plan implementation, PBIS team meetings to develop lesson plans, develop kindness rewards and recognition, develop a calendar of kindness events and activities, etc.  

Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to receive funds, schools must have been implementing PBIS for the past three years or more and must have established a Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) Tier 1 score of 70% or more or a Benchmark of Quality (BofQ) score of 70% implementation. This requirement is to ensure that the school’s PBIS Tier 1 foundation is sufficiently strong enough to add something new. 

For More Information or to Apply

Any K-8 school seeking additional information and the complete application packet should complete this PBIS School Kindness Registration form and return it to Dr. Jane Carter, Director of School Programs at schoolgrants@choosekindnessfoundation.info no later than April 30, 2022.