Frequently Asked Questions

We are happy to provide the following information for these Frequently Asked Questions about our organization, donations, our grants, the application process and our annual gala.  If you have a question not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for your interest in APEF! 

General Questions

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Please email [email protected] with the subject line “Trustee Information.”   We are happy to respond to you via email or phone call!


Your support means so much to us, please make any donations here: link
If you require a donation receipt, please email [email protected] with the subject line “Donation Receipt.” 

Please email us at [email protected] with the subject line “Specific Donation Request.”  Thank you for your interest! 


The Gala is a formal, adults-only event. We recommend comfortable cocktail attire. 

Yes, we highly recommend you bring cash to the Gala.  Our gift card raffle in support of our Senior Scholarships and our bar are both cash only.  Thank you. 

Parking at Old Daley is plentiful. Park on the right or left side of the building and enter through the main door. There is no fee for parking. Please remember that there is no parking on the road!

Please arrive between 6:30 – 7:00 pm. 

Yes. The registration form includes a section to request table seating.  If you’ve already registered but would like to make a request, please email [email protected] with the subject line, “Gala Table Seating” but please note that not all requests can be honored depending on the timing of the request.

Your attendance helps to support and enrich the Averill Park School District by funding many grants and opportunities for our staff and students.  See the exciting details on our Grants page.

How can my student be involved?  Please email [email protected] with the subject line “Student Volunteer.” 


To be eligible for an APEF creative grant, a project must:

  • Be aligned with the Foundation’s mission to support educational and creative initiatives in the Averill Park schools.
  • Be proposed by a teacher, staff member, or administrator of the Averill Park schools.
  • Be supported by the principal of the school where the project will take place.
  • Have a clear budget and timeline for completion.
  •  Be aligned with the Foundation’s stated goals and the Averill Park Central School District goals.
  • Any current APCSD educator is invited to apply.
  • Professional development opportunities that allow for training of other APCSD staff after attendance will be given special consideration. 

The application deadlines for APEF grants are:

  • December 15th and April 15th deadlines for creative/classroom grants 
  • April 1st for Educator Enrichment Grants

To apply for an APEF grant, please download and complete the grant application form. The completed application form should be submitted to the APEF with the appropriate signatures by the deadline.

The APEF grant committee will review all applications and make recommendations to the APEF Board of Trustees. The trustees will then review and vote on awarding the grant. Grants may be approved, partially approved or denied. 

All applicants will be notified of the status of their grant application by the end of the month following the deadline.

“I am writing with gratitude that I’m not certain I can clearly put into words. I have been preparing new projects and dreaming big about the potential for Averill Park. Your support for the teachers of Averill Park is immeasurable. This grant single-handedly allowed me to bring new ideas back to Averill Park to help guide and drive innovative and future ready initiatives for our students.”

Melissa Weatherwax 2020 Educator Enrichment Grant Recipient

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