Available Grants

About AEF Grants

The AEF Grants Portal is not accepting applications. Watch for an announcement in Summer 2022 for 2022-23 grant deadlines.

AEF favors grant projects that:

  • Promote original, creative ideas
  • Demonstrate educational innovation
  • Focus on content enrichment and skills development
  • Are not supported through normal school budgets
  • Have measurable indicators of success
  • Address one or more academic standards set by AASD

Application

The AEF Grants Portal is not accepting applications. Watch for an announcement in Summer 2022 for 2022-23 grant deadlines.

Register and log in to the Appleton Education Foundation grants portal.

Grants Portal Login Instructions

AEF has four applications:

  • AEF – Mini Grant: select if your funding need is up to $500
  • AEF – General 2021-22: select if your funding need is $501-$3,000
  • AEF – Professional Development: select if your funding need is for AASD staff professional development
  • AEF – Big Idea: learn more about Big Idea grants and the process

Follow the instructions and contact the AEF office with any questions: 920-832-1517 or email.

Available Grants

The AEF Grants Portal is not accepting applications. Watch for an announcement in Summer 2022 for 2022-23 grant deadlines.

The Grants Portal is open! Use the portal to submit all grant requests! How to gain Portal access: Grants Portal Login Instructions. If you have any questions, we welcome your emails and calls.
Grants@AppletonEducationFoundation.org | 920-832-1517

Granting opportunities for 2021-2022

Please review the grid below, as grant names and minimum/maximum amounts have changed for 2021-22.

General Guidelines & Restrictions

  • Only one of each type of grant may be awarded to the same educator in the same school year.
  • Grantees should carefully track expenses and save receipts for use of grant funds. Any unused grant funding should be returned to AEF.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report, to help the AEF ensure effective grant making and data collection. Final report is necessary to remain eligible for future grants.
  • AEF typically provides seed money for creative projects and should not be considered a resource for ongoing funding.
  • AEF does not reimburse for previously incurred expenses.
  • Any proposed software must go through AASD’s software approval process before the grant is submitted.
  • AEF places low priority on funding computer software, classroom sets of books, and food.
  • AEF does not provide funding for staff salaries (substitute teachers).

Where does the grant $$$ come from?

AEF stewards more than 90 charitable funds established by donors who wish to make a difference for education in our Appleton schools. Some funds are partners in the Appleton Education Foundation’s competitive grant programs. All AEF grant applications are reviewed by as many AEF funders as possible. These funds include (but are not limited to):

  • Appleton Education Foundation Fund (unrestricted grant making)
  • SAACC Fund (co-curricular education and training grants)
  • Gruner Family Community Mental Wellness Fund
  • Ellen Kort Endowment Fund
  • Dianne Catlin Lang Fund for Empowering Girls through STEM and Leadership Development
  • Betsy Melzer Endowment Fund
  • Ann Moe Art Appreciation Fund
  • John Mielke and Salley Morey Mielke Education Fund
  • Mile of Music Fund
  • Connie Pitt Memorial Endowment Fund
  • Scheuerman Family Fund
  • Vira and Alan Stoner Education Fund
  • Stan and Phyllis Thatcher Family Fund for STEM

Technology Notice

The Appleton Education Foundation believes in outfitting classrooms with new technology as it advances learning for all students. Grants from the Appleton Education Foundation Fund and other funds within the AEF have supported technology since AEF’s founding in 1997. As technology continues to evolve, AEF appreciates receiving grant requests for new, creative programming opportunities using the newest technology. The AEF grants committee and board favor requests that use technology in new ways and/or as a means to pilot a technology that has not yet been used within AASD.