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AHEF Grant Applications for 2022-23 School Year

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) has opened a second round of grants for the 2022-23 school year (the grant guidelines are here and the grant application is here). Described as “mini-grants” because each grant is capped at $500, this round of grants is in response to teacher and staff feedback about the annual grant process.

“We had feedback from teachers that our annual process, which is open in the spring and awarded for the next school year, doesn’t always work for them. Teachers may not know what grade they will be teaching the following year, or what unique needs or challenges their students may have,” said Tess DeGeest, executive director of AHEF. The mini-grant process is designed to address these needs.

“It is because of our generous donors, that we can sustain this second round of grants for this school year,” said DeGeest. “Donors make this possible because they care about kids and they care about education.”

Grant requests should further the mission of the AHEF, which is to cultivate equitable and innovative experiences for students in the Anoka-Hennepin Schools. The grant application is on the AHEF website at AHEF Mini-grant application.

Applications close on October 15, 2022, for implementation in the 2022-23 school year. AHEF aims to award twenty grants for a total of $10,000 this Fall. These grants will complement the more than $25,000 in annual grants already awarded for this school year.

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

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