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Deadline Extended: AHEF Grant Applications for 2021-22 School Year Due April 30, 2021

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) has extended the annual grant application deadline to April 30, 2021 for the 2021-22 school year. The annual grants tend to be larger in size and are awarded in the Spring so that teachers and staff can integrate their grant project into the following school year’s planning. Given the unique challenges of distance and hybrid learning, and now with students returning to classrooms, the need for additional resources to close opportunity gaps seems greater than ever. AHEF also recognizes that teachers and staff may need additional time to think about what they may want or need for the coming 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 April 30, 2021 for implementation in the 2021-22 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."

“Fortunately, donations to AHEF continue to grow, as parents, teachers, staff, community organizations, and area businesses see the positive impact their donations are making. It is because of our generous 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.”

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

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