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, Vira and Alan Stoner Education Fund and SAACC Endowment Fund.


$2,000 to bring Matt Perk (Youtube: Blind to Billionaire) to Appleton to inspire students who are blind/low-vision and their families.

$750 for a summer school program for English language learning students (ages 0-4) and their parents.

Appleton West

$2,000 for leadership training for student-athletes.

Columbus Elementary

$830 for a sensory/mindfulness space.

Edison Elementary

$2,000 to build an ADA accessible gaga ball pit. Gaga ball is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit.

Einstein Middle

$2,000 to help build 12 raised garden beds for the school’s Marilyn Spieth Outdoor Classroom and Garden. This is one piece of a larger project to create a new outdoor space for the school and community.

Foster Elementary

$700 for access to a special website and support of an after-school book club.

Kaleidoscope Academy

$640 to help students create a demonstration butterfly garden. This is a project in collaboration with Wild Ones of the Fox Valley, Erb Park Neighborhood Association and Butterfly Garden of the Fox Valley.

The next competitive grant deadline is November 2, 2020. Check out available grants.