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Applications closed for AHEF grants for 2020-21 school year

NOTE: Grant appications are closed until Fall 2020 when the mini-grants award cycle will open. Please check here in August for updates.

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) Spring round of grants for the 2020-21 school year has closed. AHEF awards the majority of it's grant funding in the Spring, for implementation in the upcoming school year. This Spring cycle allows for typically larger grants and is designed to give teachers and staff time to plan how the grant awards will be integrated into their curriculum in the following year.  A second round of grants in the Fall targets classroom level needs and allows for teachers and staff to ask for more immediate needs based on the students they have in front of them. 

In order to help teachers and staff that are interested in applying for grants but haven't ever done so before, AHEF is offering two grant-writing workshops. The first workshop will be on Tuesday, January 28, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the ESC. If you are unable to attend the first workshop, a second workshop will be held on Thursday, March 12 from 4-5pm in Room 113 at the ESC. Teachers and staff are welcome to attend either workshop but please RSVP to Tess DeGeest at  

"The board awards grants that address our strategic priorities and mission," said Tess DeGeest, executive director of AHEF. "We look to cultivate equitable and innovative experiences for students across the district. Grants that enhance early childhood education, expand talent and opportunity development, or increase career and college readiness are prioritized."

“Fortunately, donations to AHEF continue to grow, most recently from our employee giving campaign. It is because of our donors, that we are now able to sustain two rounds of grants annually,” said DeGeest, “Our donors make these grants possible, they are the heart of our foundation.”

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

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