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.
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. In addition, nonprofit organizations engaged in collaborative projects serving AASD students may also apply.
The AEF board votes on recommendations made by its grants committee. Area residents who promote education and represent varied constituencies make up this board.
The Appleton Education Foundation favors grant projects that:
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.
Yes. The application form identifies what to include and how.
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.
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.
Grant cycle deadlines are currently November 1 and April 1. Deadlines are listed on the Available Grants page in each fund description.
Grant requests for our traditional granting cycles must be submitted through the AEF Grants Portal.
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.
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).
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.
Please send an email to the Foundation’s Executive Director or call the Foundation office at (920) 832-1517.
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.
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...
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...