Available Grants

The Appleton Education Foundation Grants Portal is OPEN!

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

Grants Portal Login Instructions

Watch a step-by-step video on how to access the Portal and complete an application.

Appleton Education Foundation granting opportunities
for 2021-22

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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 70 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


Register and login 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.