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AHEF Opens Applications for Mini-Grants for 2020-21 School Year

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) has opened a second round of grants for the 2020-21 school year. Described as “mini-grants” because each grant is capped at $500, this round of grants is meant to provide quick support for unexpected needs. Given the unique challenges of the 2020-21 school year, this may be even more true, as our teachers are adapting to different learning models.

“It is because of our generous donors, that we can sustain this second round of grants,” said DeGeest.

The grant guidelines and application are on the AHEF website at AHEF Mini-grant application. Applications close on October 30, 2020 for implementation in the 2020-21 school year. AHEF aims to award twenty grants for a total of $10,000 this Fall. These grants will complement the $62,070 in annual grants already awarded for this school year.

"The board awards grants that address our strategic priorities and mission," said Tess DeGeest, executive director of AHEF. AHEF cultivates 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, as parents, teachers, staff, community organizations, and area businesses see the positive impact their donations are making. 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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