Creating a project for the Student-Centered Learning Environment Innovation Challenge

Update 11/27: Funding for this opportunity has been fully applied to eligible projects and is no longer available. 


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is empowering teachers to dream about what an innovative classroom looks like with the Student-Centered Learning Environment Innovation Challenge.  This Challenge will highlight teachers’ best ideas for creating student-centered learning environments in their schools.  Teachers: now's the time to create a project requesting resources to redesign your classroom in creative ways!  Donations made to qualifying projects will be matched dollar-for-dollar while funding lasts.

In February, a panel of judges will review all qualifying projects to find the 3 most innovative ideas that are most replicable for classrooms across the country.  These 3 winners will each receive a $10,000 gift card, and will be invited to create a short video of their redesigned classrooms for other teachers who may want to test out the idea themselves.  In the spring of 2018, the Gates Foundation will offer full funding for projects that re-create the winning ideas in their respective classrooms.

Recognizing that teachers request materials to make their classrooms more student-centered every day, projects that meet the criteria below already qualify for the match offer, starting 10/18/17!

Here's how to qualify:

  • Create a project and enter the campaign code GATES (on the bottom of the HI screen, click "Got a campaign code?" as pictured below).


  •  Request resources that will help you make your classroom more student-centered and innovative.  Refer to the rubric below for the best chance of winning this Challenge!
  • Keep your total project goal under $1000, including all taxes, shipping, and the suggested donation to support
  • In your essay, be specific about how your idea will create unique, individualized opportunities for your students.

Our panel of judges will use the following rubric to judge qualifying projects:


Need inspiration?  Here are some stellar ideas that innovate classroom design: