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AHEF Grant Applications Now Open for 2023-24 School Year

The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) has opened the first round of  grants for the 2023-24 school year (the grant application is here). Grant awards typically range between $200 and $7,000 depending on the scope and depth of the proposed project.

“It is because of our generous donors, that these funds are available to teachers and staff to benefit students,” said Tess DeGeest, Executive Director of the AHEF. “Donors make this possible because they care about kids, and they care about education.”

Grant awards further the mission of the AHEF, which is to cultivate equitable and innovative experiences for students in the Anoka-Hennepin Schools. AHEF does not typically fund capital expenses, alternative seating, furniture, or staff development, which are core responsibilities of 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," said DeGeest.

All grant recipients commit to submitting a report on the impact of the grant-funded project along with photos, videos and/or testimonials of the grant’s impact on students.  Applications close on March 31, 2023, with funds available after July 1, 2023, for implementation in the 2023-24 school year.

Questions about the grant process should be directed to Tess DeGeest at 763-506-1107 or via email at  


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