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AHEF donors are closing opportunity gaps for Anoka-Hennepin students every day by creating equitable and innovative experiences for students.

Donor impact is measured by the smiles on students' faces when they are given new and engaging opportunities to grow and learn. AHEF estimates that our donors directly and positively impacted 29,100 students, pre-K through Adult Basic Education, in 2020-21. By creating more equitable and innovative experiences and deeper, stronger opportunities for students, our donors are heroes. These programs are implemented by dedicated Anoka-Hennepin teachers and staff, and fueled by caring volunteers and generous donors like you. Thank you!

Annual Grant Applications Are Open for 2022-23 School Year

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) is accepting grant applications through Friday, April 1, 2022 for the 2022-23 school year. 

“Our generous donors make these grants possible and we are extremely grateful for them,” said Tess DeGeest, executive director of AHEF.

The grant guidelines and application are available here. Applications close on Friday, April 1, 2022 for implementation in the 2022-23 school year.

"The board awards grants that address our strategic priorities and mission," said DeGeest. AHEF cultivates equitable and innovative experiences for students across the district. "We are especially interested in seeding innovative projects and those that address the equity gap for our students. We also recognize that mental health and wellbeing continues to be a primary concern for our students and welcome grants to address these needs."

"It is because of our caring donors, that we now able to sustain two rounds of grants annually,” said DeGeest, “Our donors make these grants possible; they are the heart of our foundation because they care about kids and education.

Questions about the grant process should be directed to Tess DeGeest at


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