For Teachers & Staff

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.

Great Idea Grants – These grants are intended to support programs that benefit students in a particular school or classroom and are often developed as pilot programs to test new ideas. Once a program has proven successful, a Foundation Grant can be sought to fund the initiative on a larger scale. Great Idea grants are not intended to fund course work or conferences for staff.

Foundation Grants – These grants are intended to support programs that enhance instruction school-wide or grade-wide across the district. These grants may also be used to support existing programs when funding is necessary. Applications for Foundation Grants should fit one of the education focus areas – Academics, Arts or Athletics. Please note that the BEF does not provide funding for transportation costs at this time.

Expedition 2016: Helping One World Near & Far – These grants are intended to support programs that enhance instruction school-wide or grade-wide and support our theme (think environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics, public policy, election issues, service learning, art, poetry, literature etc…). We are hoping that classrooms across the district—kindergarten to 12th grade—will find ways to participate and make connections across all curricula. Grant deadline is December 1, 2015. Grant Application for Expedition 2016.

Grant application for Foundation and Great Idea Grants for 2015-16.

Technology grants over $2,000 must be received by December 15, 2015. 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.

To hear words of encouragement from John Rutherford, Director of Theatre Arts at Groves High School, click on the picture at right.

Frequently Asked Questions - if you don’t find the answer to your questions here, please contact 248-203-3030 or bef@birmingham.k12.mi.us.

Still not sure? Here is a sample grant application for you to take a look at.

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 2013-2014 school year, the Birmingham Education Foundation was able to award over $148,000 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.

Re-enroll your Kroger Card today! in a few easy steps and start earning additional money for the Birmingham Education Foundation.
Make your Amazon purchases here
Please give to the BEF Annual Fund Campaign. The simplest way to support innovative educational programs made possible by the BEF is to click here.

I didn’t know there was anything living in there. They’re really moving.”

- 3rd grader looking through a stereomicroscope – purchased with a grant from the BEF.

“The BEF has made it very easy and accessible to apply for a grant. Without the support of the BEF the LINKS program would not be possible.”– Stacey Raznick, Quarton LRC teacher.

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