What is the Grafton Education Foundation?
The Grafton Education Foundation (GEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation created to address funding gaps for educational programs throughout the four public schools in Grafton. GEF’s mission is to enhance and enrich educational opportunities for Grafton public school students in all grades. We will encourage increased partnerships with the community, local businesses and schools. That's why we say: Quality Schools. Together.
How does an education foundation work?
It is really no different than what universities and private schools have been doing for years. We solicit private funds in a variety of ways: direct donations, grants and fundraisers. GEF will then prudently use the money to award educational grants proposed by district staff on an annual basis. A rigorous review of those grant proposals will happen on an annual basis. Grant proposals will be accepted each year in April. Following a thorough review, selected grant award winners are announced in May.
What could the money raised by GEF be used to fund?
The ideas are only limited by the imagination of the teachers and staff applying for these grants. Some examples of immediate needs in the district include; SMART boards for all classrooms, equipping an outdoor classroom with technology and electricity, or WiFi at the high school. The grants must be for projects which fall outside of normal district budgeting.