Mind Trust lands $4.6M grant from Walton Family Foundation

Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust has been chosen to receive a $4.6 million grant from the Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation.

The money will be used to support teachers, education leaders and schools in Indianapolis, the local organization said.

In particular, funds will be directed to the recently-launched Relay Graduate School of Education Teaching Residency, the Mind Trust’s School Leader Fellowships, and the Mind Trust’s general operations.

The national Relay program, which is set to open an Indianapolis campus this fall, offers college graduates and career-changers an opportunity to participate in a two-year residency to prepare them for the teaching profession.

The Mind Trust previously received Walton Foundation grants of $1.5 million in 2018 and $2.5 million in 2015. It also receiving funding from the foundation when it launched in 2011.

The Walton Family Foundation was created by Walmart founder Sam Walton and his wife, Helen. The group awarded more than $595 million in education-related grants in 2018 alone.

“We are grateful for the Walton Family Foundation’s support as we look to ensure that every student in Indianapolis, no exceptions, has access to a great school,” said Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust, in written comments. “Indianapolis’ education system has made remarkable progress over the past several years. This generous grant helps support the work of educators across our city as they champion transformational change.”

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