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Next Grant Deadline: May 10

Recent Accomplishments

Our most recent annual report encompasses 18 months of Appleton Education Foundation activity (July 2020-December 2021). AEF offered monthly grant deadlines during the 2020-21 school year to support AASD educators’ efforts to engage their students during virtual, hybrid and in-person learning.

216 grants

$290,000 grants and scholarships funded

$5.3 million granted since 1997

Empowering Educators

The Appleton Education Foundation funds teaching and learning opportunities that are not possible through the normal school budget. We believe in empowering educators to implement their creative ideas to increase student engagement and enhance learning.

Grants are awarded four times each year.

What’s Going On?

  • 2020 Spring Grants – more than $10,000 awarded
    The Appleton Education Foundation board of directors approved grants totaling more than $10,000 to support creative programs and projects that enhance the education of Appleton Area School District students. Eight projects are receiving funding. Funding comes from four funds within the AEF: Appleton Education Foundation Endowment Fund, John Mielke and Sally Morey Mielke Education Fund, … Read More
  • Pumpkins Build Community for Badger Elementary
    Question: What can $300 and a little creativity and teamwork do? Answer: For Appleton’s Badger Elementary School and its families, A LOT. Teachers Amanda Strupp and Jaynie Busche wanted to bring together Badger’s 370 students and their families while the Appleton Area School District delivers instruction virtually during the coronavirus pandemic. Strupp applied for an … Read More
  • AEF Grants Inspire “Next Level” Teaching and Learning
    Eric Vanderloop, Fox River Academy 7th/8th grade teacher, and his students have directly benefited from two AEF grants over the last three years. He says the Appleton Education Foundation allows teachers to “chase dreams” and inspire next level teaching and learning. Join us and make a gift to the AEF to support more inspiring projects … Read More

Our Impact