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With Most Recent Round of Grants, AHEF Awards a Total of $73,976 for the 2021-22 School Year

ANOKA, MINN. – The Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF) recently awarded the first round of grant funds for school projects and students totaling $24,426 in annual grants for the 2021-22 school year. These funds will be complemented with a second round of grants in late October (called mini-grants because they are capped at $500) and perennial grants that AHEF funds each year for a total of $73,976 in expected funds awarded.

“Given last year’s different learning models due to covid-19, grant requests were down from usual levels,” said Tess DeGeest, executive director of the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation (AHEF), “I think teachers and staff were so focused on ending the 2020-21 school year in a strong position they weren’t ready to think about this year quite yet.” As a result, grant requests were down last spring. AHEF is anticipating a larger number of requests in the Fall and is planning to award more funding during that grant cycle.

Calming tools to help students focus continue to be popular requests among schools as are graphic novels and other curricular materials that better reflect the diversity of Anoka-Hennepin were requested for classrooms serving students preschool through high school.

A list of the grants awarded is here.

In addition to these annual grants, AHEF will continue to support after school activities for middle and high school students through the Middle School Engagement Fund and Chance Fund as well as other perennial grants like dictionaries for all third graders, and support for the district’s K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Fair.

“Our donors make these grants possible,” said DeGeest, “Thank you to everyone, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community partners, for enriching our students’ education.”

The next round of AHEF grants is open now and closes on October 20, 2021. Grants awarded during the Fall cycle have a funding cap of $500 per grant. Fall grant funds will be awarded in late-October for implementation in the 2021-2022 school year.  For more information on AHEF grants go to or email

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