Grant FAQ

  1. Who has benefited from AEF grants?
  2. Who can submit grant applications?
  3. Who decides which projects to fund?
  4. What types of projects typically receive funds?
  5. How much money is available for each request?
  6. Do I need to include a detailed budget?
  7. Can I add the cost of new equipment to the budget?
  8. Can I submit more than one application?
  9. When is the deadline for submission?
  10. Where do I send my completed application?
  11. How does the evaluation process work?
  12. How can I find out the status of my application?
  13. What if I fail to complete a project?
  14. If I have additional questions, whom can I contact?
  15. Does the AEF fund technology requests?

Who has benefited from AEF grants?

More than 100 educators have received grants from the AEF and at least one grant has been awarded to every school in the district (not including charter schools). These grants have involved thousands of students, parents and community members.

Who can submit grant applications?

Any educator employed by the Appleton Area School District or any community member in partnership with an educator is eligible to apply for a grant.

Who decides which projects to fund?

The AEF board votes on recommendations made by its grants committee. Area residents who promote education and represent varied constituencies make up this board.

What types of projects typically receive funds?

The Appleton Education Foundation favors grant projects that:

  • Promote original, creative ideas
  • Demonstrate educational innovation
  • Make a difference for student learning
  • Are not supported through normal school operating budgets
  • Have measurable indicators of success
  • Address one or more academic standards set by the Appleton Area School District

How much money is available for each request?

The Foundation typically funds grants up to $750 for a project that involves a single classroom or up to $2,000 for a project that involves more than one classroom, crosses disciplines or involves more than one school.

Do I need to include a detailed budget?

Yes. The application form identifies what to include and how.

Can I add the cost of new equipment to the budget?

Generally, equipment alone does not qualify for a grant. Equipment required to complete a project or implement a program that meets the mission of the Foundation will be considered. Equipment upgrades are considered on an individual basis.

Can I submit more than one application?

You may, however, a maximum of one project grant and one professional development grant will be approved for the same educator in a given school year.

When is the deadline for submission?

Please refer to the Foundation’s Calendar of Events for grant application deadlines.

Where do I send my completed application?

Completed applications must either be emailed to Grants@AppletonEducationFoundation.org or dropped off in-person at the AEF office, located at 122 E. College Ave., Suite 1-B, Appleton, WI 54911 (within the Scullen Leadership Center).

How does the evaluation process work?

Applications received on time are mailed to members of the Foundation’s grants committee. Each committee member reads the grant applications. The committee meets to review the merits of each application and makes funding recommendations that are passed along to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.

How can I find out the status of my application?

Grant applicants are notified by email that their application has been received by the Foundation. Applicants may be contacted during the review process for additional information. Letters announcing grant approval or denial are mailed from the Foundation office typically within one week of the Foundation’s Board of Director’s meeting (approximately six weeks after the application deadline).

What if I fail to complete a project?

Applicants are responsible for completing a brief Final Report upon the conclusion of their project or Professional Development opportunity. All receipts are to be sent to the Foundation with this report. If you are unable to complete the project, please let us know. Unused grant money ($20 or more) is to be reimbursed to the Foundation as soon as possible.

If I have additional questions, whom can I contact?

Please send an email to the Foundation’s Executive Director at jkrause@cffoxvalley.org  or call the Foundation office at (920) 832-1517.

Does the AEF fund technology requests?

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.