The Birmingham Education Foundation supports the BPS district by providing funding in the form of grants to programs that enrich learning for all students.

We just achieved another banner year of grants awarded to our schools. Over $131.995 was awarded during the 2014-15 school year to support exceptional learning opportunities for our students. Over 20,300 students were impacted by BEF grants. Take a look!

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Grants are divided into two categories.  Applications for both Great Idea Grants and Foundation Grants are now being reviewed on a rolling basis. Grant awards will be announced 60 days from the receipt of the application.

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 – These grants are intended to support programs that enhance instruction school-wide or grade-wide and support our theme Designing a Better World (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. Grant deadline is December 1, 2015.

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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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