Education Program


The Education Program makes grants to improve education by expanding the reach of openly available educational resources, improving California education policies, and by supporting "deeper learning" – a combination of the fundamental knowledge and practical basic skills all students will need to succeed.

Since 2002, the Education Program has concentrated on improving the conditions for education policy reform in California and fostering the spread of high-quality open educational resources (OER).

We are now building on this pioneering work by broadening our focus to include deeper learning, to help schools nationwide prepare a new generation of students to respond to the ever-increasing demands of a rapidly changing world.

Learn more about our focus on deeper learning here.

With these grants, the Hewlett Foundation hopes to improve education for all students, with a particular focus on those from disadvantaged areas. 



The Education Program pursues these goals by investing in organizations that develop and advocate for innovation in ideas, practices, and tools, as well as those that participate in the public policy debate on these issues. The Education Program also reserves part of its grantmaking budget for organizations that do not neatly fit into one of the above goals.

The Foundation does not consider requests to fund student aid, individual scholarships, construction, equipment and computer purchases, health research, or health education programs.

The Education Program does not accept Letters of Inquiry for its grantmaking.