Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) announced its 2023 grant awards this week to fund a wide array of programs for all ages on diverse topics. 

  • Summer programs for high school students from Jacksonville, Florida and Iowa City, Iowa, to Indianapolis and Bowling Green, Kentucky, to Thousand Oaks, California
  • Public Philosophy Night at a Spokane, Washington public library
  • A series on loss and legacy for adults in Helena, Montana
  • Elementary school philosophy classes in Tallahassee, Florida
  • A project to develop moral reasoning for middle school students in Boulder, Colorado
  • Critical thinking for Irvine, California elementary school students
  • Programs for undergraduate students in the mid-Atlantic region
  • Summer philosophy camps for Guam elementary, middle, and high school students

PLATO first developed its grants program in 2016 with the goal of funding innovative ethics and philosophy programs around the country for students of all ages and backgrounds. 

In the past, PLATO grants have helped support nature-based philosophy walks in Montana, a retreat where students discussed philosophical themes related to board games in Tennessee, and philosophy sessions with middle school students impacted by trauma in Michigan. 

For the full list of this year’s programs, click here. To sign up for PLATO’s press list, please send your email address to   

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