In its 10th year, the Higher Powered Learning grant program continues to inspire innovation in our diocesan schools. This year, applications requesting up to $10,000 or $25,000 respectively, were submitted for the following system-wide strategic priorities: Social Emotional Learning, Enhanced Learning Initiatives, Innovative Resources and Advancing Catholic Education. Each grant application was carefully reviewed to determine which projects would receive a portion of the $150,000 in total funding.


On behalf of the Albany Diocesan School Board, the Catholic School Office is pleased to announce this year’s Higher Powered Learning grant winners:

All Saints Catholic Academy (Enhancing a Student’s Educational Journey Through the Arts and Sciences); Blessed Sacrament School (A to Z: Educating the Whole Child); Catholic Central School (PK-12 Stronger Together Marketing and Enrollment Campaign); Catholic School Office on behalf of All Schools (Higher Powered Communications and Engagement); Sacred Heart, Holy Spirit, St. Jude, and St. Mary's Waterford (Vicariate Professional Development With a Purpose); St. Clement's Regional Catholic School (The St. Clement’s Learning Commons); St. Francis de Sales Early Childhood Learning Center (Littles Loves Literature); St. Jude the Apostle School (Leveled Book Closet for Reading Success); St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish School (Bringing Learning to the Outdoors); St. Mary's Institute Amsterdam

(Giving Desktop Computers a “Face-lift” Upgrading Infrastructure); St. Mary's School Ballston Spa (Big Heart School Learns to Code!); St. Pius X School (Growing Our Future With Botany); and St. Thomas the Apostle (Transforming Hearts & Minds Through Space Transformation).


Each winning school will receive their grant check at Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 6 at Christ our Light Church. Due to the limited resources available for the program, some applications were not funded. Though worthy, the program’s funds were limited and could not award all of the grant applications received. The enthusiastic and collaborative response to the call for proposals made this year’s program quite competitive once again. Congratulations and best wishes to our winners for a successful implementation of each innovative program!