Inspiring minds. Expanding possibilities.
These four words aren’t simply a catchy tagline. The trustees of the Birmingham Education Foundation believe that by making funding available to inspire teachers and staff members, together we can expand the possibilities for all students in the Birmingham Public Schools.
If you’ve got an idea for a new program, we’d like to hear about it. We fund initiatives of all sizes from a $200 writing tool for the Autistic Impaired program at Derby Middle School to a $525 Listening Center for kindergarteners at Quarton to a $1,200 kaleidoscope for the physics classes at Seaholm.
To help you learn more about applying for a grant from the BEF, we’ve put together a tool kit. Check out the links below before you begin writing your grant.
Grant application for Foundation and Great Idea Grants.
Technology grants over $2,000 must be received by December 15, 2013. Technology grants will be reviewed through the rest of this school year on an individual basis, and be awarded if funds are available. Grant application for Technology Grants.
Learn more about our exciting science collaboration with Birmingham Public Schools, encouraging all students to look at science in new and exciting ways! Expedition 2014: SustainAbility (think environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics, public policy, election issues, service learning, recycling, poetry, etc…). We are hoping that classrooms across the district—kindergarten to 12th grade—will find ways to participate and make connections across all curricula. We already have loads of ideas in the Expedition 2014:SustainAbility idea book.
Grant application for Expedition 2014: SustainAbility and Grant Review Committee Matrix. Expedition grants accepted from July 1, 2013-November 15, 2013.
Download the Foundation Grant and Great Idea Grant application
Ways you can support the BEF:
- Become a friend on Facebook “Like” the Birmingham Education Foundation
- Share your BEF success stories with colleagues, students & parents
- Write a grant request to the BEF
- Register your Kroger Rewards card to earn extra cash for the BEF
- Donate to the BEF Annual Fund Campaign
- Attend a BEF event
- Volunteer for the BEF
- Make your Amazon.com purchases through the BEF Website
- Support the companies and businesses that support our schools
- Learn more about our current Staff Annual Fund Campaign
What can $22 do?
Take a friend to a movie?
Buy a book, or maybe two if they’re on sale?
Download a dozen songs?
Or, you can invest that $22 in our schools and classrooms.
During the 2011-2012 school year, the Birmingham Education Foundation was able to award over $145,000 in grants for innovative programs – programs you and your peers brought to our attention.
With your help the BEF can do even more. If every staff member contributed just $2 per pay period, which translates to $44 for the whole year, we’d be able to give out an additional $40,000 in grants next year.
Making a contribution is as easy. To make a one time gift, click here to make an online donation.To make a payroll deduction, please download and print the Staff Donation Form.