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AHEF Grant Applications for 2022-23 School Year

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) Spring grant cycle closed Friday, April 1, 2022.  Please check back in early May to see the grant Spring awards announcement.

The next grant cycle will open in August for Fall mini-grants for the 2022-23 school year. These grants will be awarded in October, 2022.


Unlike AHEF's fall grant process that is focused on smaller, classroom grants of $500 or less, the AHEF spring grant cycle has no cap on the amount of funds that can be requested. Grant requests in the spring cycle have typically ranged from $150 up to $12,000 depending on the scope and type of need being addressed.

“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

"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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