***Grant application available for download at bottom of page.***
General Guidelines & Restrictions
- Only one project grant and one professional development 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 ($20 or more) 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).
Appleton Education Foundation Fund
“Choose Your Focus”
Proposals will be accepted for projects that creatively enhance the education and instruction of students in any academic discipline. Grant money may not be used for operating expenses, such as for payment of substitute teachers or travel. Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by any Appleton Area School District educator or any community member in partnership with an educator for students in grades pre-K-12. Grants may range from $100 to a maximum of $750. Additional funding (up to a maximum of $2,000) may be available for projects that involve multiple classrooms, cross disciplines, or involve more than one school. Deadline: 4 p.m. on April 10 and November 10.
The AEF will look favorably at requests for funds to bring speakers to the AASD to address a group of educators on a particular topic of interest, and for requests that follow the “train the trainer” model. The AEF does not fund conference fees or expenses related to district staff attending professional development programming. Eligibility: Applications may be submitted by any Appleton Area School District educator. Up to $2,000 may be requested; however, the Grants Committee may on occasion recommend that the $2,000 cap be exceeded. Committee members will consider such factors as total number of staff attending, degree of speaker connection to district/school goals, and available revenue when making the decision. Deadline: 4 p.m. on April 10 and November 10.
Co-Curricular Education & Training Grants
Grants support education or training of student or coach participants in co-curricular activities. For this program, co-curricular activities are defined as those involving performance, publication or competition in which students represent the school and do not receive academic credit. These may include interscholastic athletics (but not intramural athletics), debate and other organizations that have competitions (such as DECA), put on performances (such as drama) or produce publications (such as school newspapers or yearbooks) where the group represents the school as part of the competition, performance or publication. Eligibility: Grant applications may be made in support of any student, employee or affiliate (such as volunteer coaches/advisors) involved in an eligible co-curricular activity in grades K through 12. Grants may not be used for co-curricular operating expenses such as expenses for uniforms, equipment or travel. Deadline: 4 p.m. on April 10 and November 10.
Gruner Family Community Mental Wellness Fund
Supports educational projects or programs addressing the mental health and well-being of children and families in the Appleton Area School District and those who may be served in the district’s Birth-Five programs. This may include support for projects that enhance their social, emotional and behavioral wellness, and the ability to face life’s challenges. Training for district staff in these areas may also be considered. Applicants may request up to $500 and should select “Gruner Fund” on grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 1.
Ellen Kort Endowment Fund
Supports projects that enhance education through the media of poetry and writing. Applicants may request up to $800 and should select “Kort Fund” on grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 10.
Dianne Catlin Lang Fund for Empowering Girls
Supports projects and programs for elementary-age girls in the Appleton Area School District to learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills and/or to develop leadership skills. These opportunities may be offered by the Appleton Area School District or by youth-serving nonprofit organizations and may take place during the school day, before or after school, or during the summer. Applicants may request up to $500 and should select “Lang Fund” on grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 1.
Betsy Melzer Endowment Fund
Supports projects and programs that benefit students with exceptional educational needs. Applicants should select “Melzer Fund” on grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 1.
Supports elementary-level projects and programs involving the visual arts. Applicants may request up to $500 and should select “Moe Fund” on the grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 1.
John Mielke and Sally Morey Mielke Education Fund
Supports projects and programs benefiting early childhood education, defined as birth through 3rd grade. Projects that include collaboration among multiple organizations, including the Appleton Area School District, will be given priority. Applicants may request up to $2,000 and should select “Mielke Fund” on the grant application cover sheet.
Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 10.
Mile of Music Fund
Supports teacher-driven ideas to enhance musical opportunities for Appleton Area School District students. Applicants may request up to $500 and should select “Mile of Music” on the grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 10.
Connie Pitt Memorial Endowment Fund
Supports projects that benefit Appleton Area School District children who have special needs. Applicants should select “Pitt Fund” on grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on April 10 and November 10.
Scheuerman Family Fund
Supports educational programs and projects initiated by teachers who are in their first three years of teaching in the Appleton Area School District. Teachers serving Pre-K through grade 12 are eligible. Requests might include funds for reading materials at appropriate reading levels, furniture or storage that supports an enriching reading environment, or other learning materials that cannot be purchased with district funds for the support of experiments or projects. Applicants may request up to $500 and should select “Scheuerman Fund” on grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 1.
Vira and Alan Stoner Education Fund
Supports innovative learning opportunities for Appleton Area School District middle and high school students. Funds should support programs or projects that encourage students to learn from “real life” experiences, to increase their understanding and acceptance of others, and to challenge their thinking about the world around them. In keeping with Al Stoner’s teaching practices, funds should not support the purchase of text books. Applicants may request up to $1,000 and should select “Stoner Fund” on grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on April 10 and November 10.
Stan and Phyllis Thatcher Family Fund for STEM
Supports innovative learning opportunities for Appleton Area School District students, especially at the elementary and middle school levels. Funds should support creative programs or projects that may spark students’ long-term interest in STEM classes and fields. Applicants may request up to $1,000 and should select “Thatcher Fund” on grant application cover sheet. Deadline: 4 p.m. on November 10.
All grants use the same fillable-pdf application: Download as PDF.
- Download and save pdf file (save to a file folder you will be able to find again, not just the “downloads” folder).
- You may have a few Adobe Acrobat programs on your computer. On a district computer, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC should work just fine.
- When saving in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, use “Save As” (shift + ctrl + S). You will need to confirm that you want to save over the old file.
Follow the instructions and contact the AEF office with any questions 920-832-1517 or email. After completing the fillable-pdf application, be sure to save and attach the completed form to your email submission.