Providing musical instruments for all students

ToneChimes Grant, Poestenkill Elementary School 2019

Grant Application Process

The Averill Park Education Foundation exists solely for charitable and educational purposes to directly benefit the students, teachers, and community of Averill Park. Funds are distributed through a grant application process.

The process for project and educator enrichment grants is straightforward, easy, and accessible. Take a few minutes to review the basic requirements and then complete and submit the application online. All eligible teachers are encouraged to apply. 

Creative Grants

The Foundation encourages teachers, students, and community members to identify quality projects for funding consistent with the goals of the Foundation and the Averill Park Central School District. Previously funded grants have supported many areas within the district to develop innovative programs and activities in furtherance of all facets of education, including, but not limited to, academics, technology, creative arts, and socio-emotional learning.

Submission: All grant applications must be signed by the Building Principal and the Assistant Superintendent and be received by the twice-yearly deadlines of December 15th and April 15th. Late submissions will not be considered.

The Foundation’s Board of Trustees review all proposals. Within 2-3 weeks of the December 15th and April 15th deadlines, applicants will be notified of the Board’s decision. Awards typically range from $1,000 – 10,000, although larger proposals will be considered. The dollar amount and the number of grants awarded vary from year to year and are directly related to the results of the annual fundraising campaign. Grants over $5000 are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding.  A list of additional funding resources can be found here.

Grant awardees must accept the following requirements:

Requests for grant renewals must follow the same procedure as initial grant proposal submissions. A prior award does not guarantee renewal.

Completed applications should be submitted to the following Trustees with the subject line, “Creative Grant Submission”. 

Tammy Bernstein & Erin Berical

Grant Coordinators 

[email protected]

Please contact the Foundation with any questions regarding the submission of grant applications.

​Educator Enrichment Program Grant

The Averill Park Education Foundation (APEF), in partnership with Averill Park Central School District (APCSD), is excited to be continuing the Educator Enrichment Program. Funds will be awarded to support professional development opportunities for faculty in the Averill Park School District. Eligibility: All Averill Park Central School District educators are invited to apply.  

The grant application deadline is April 1st for projects to be completed by August 30th of the following year. 

Purpose: This grant aims to support teachers’ professional development in the Averill Park School District. All grant proposals must demonstrate alignment with APEF and District goals.

APEF Goals:

Goal # 1: To identify initiatives that will encourage and stimulate students

Goal # 2: To build community support and enthusiasm for learning

Goal # 3: To support and enhance programs that heighten learning opportunities. 

District Goals:

Goal # 1: Students will graduate college and career ready. 

Goal # 2 Students will productively engage in their school community. 

Goal # 3: Students will be digitally fluent by demonstrating the ability to live productively and safely in a technology-influenced society.

Priority will be given to proposals that encourage “turnkey” training opportunities. Specifically, educators who propose opportunities that allow for the training of other district staff after attending the professional development will be given special consideration.  

Submission: All grant applications must be signed by the Building Principal and the Assistant Superintendent and emailed to the APEF Grant Coordinator at [email protected] with the subject line, “Educator Enrichment Grant Submission” by April 1st. Late submissions will not be considered. 

​Award Notification: Applicants will be notified of grant status on or before May 30th. After completing the enrichment program, awardees may be asked to present the program’s impact and benefits to the selection committee.

“It is very clear that the mission of the APEF is to support teachers and students through grant funding. The grant application process is so fair and manageable, not intimidating at all. The electronic submission is a plus, and the turn-around time is quick as a result. I've been fortunate enough to go through this process several times in an effort to enrich our curriculum, and I've never had a single issue with completion. We are incredibly fortunate to have this resource available to us.”

Serafina Deo, Miller Hill Elementary School 

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