The Application Process
The BEF strives to make the grant application process as straight forward and productive as possible for all involved. The goal is
for all Bedford Educators to be successful within the program. To this end BEF publishes updated guidelines for the application process as well as current focus areas annually. Please read the information on this site closely and feel free to contact BEFat any point during the process if you have questions.
Once all the applications have been received, a special committee made up of a selection of BEF Directors, a member of the SAU 25 Administration and volunteers from the community meet to make decisions on awards.
Please review the specific guidelines for each type of grant to determine the one which is most appropriate for your initiative.
Who is Eligible? (a) currently employed as a certified Bedford Public School educator, (b) completed his/her initial three (3) year cycle; and (c) returning to the Bedford public schools for the 2012-2013 school year.
Please feel free to e-mail me, your school ambassador if you have any questions during the grant application process, from idea formation through application completion.
The BEF is typically able to fund $12,000 – $15,000 in grant requests each year which equates to around 1/3 to ½ of all applications.
If your grant was not awarded last year, please seek feedback, as it is possible it would be reconsidered this year.
Through the generous donation of Seth Meyers, we have established the Hilary Meyers Excellence in Foreign Language Grant (HMEFLG) as a new grant category for the advancement of foreign language education in the District. There may now be a specific grant awarded annually based on funding availability and application quality for foreign language related grant requests.
Be sure to emphasize how your grant specifically enhances the curriculum, how you plan to share any knowledge you learn during a seminar, and how many students will be impacted. All three are vital considerations during our decision making process.
Applications should be submitted online through the link that can be found on our website and that will be emailed to your principal and then shared with you via email. This link is: 2017 BEF Grant Application
Summer Fellowship Grant
- The summer fellowship program is designed to allow Bedford educators an opportunity to obtain funding to attend courses, seminars, and workshops over the summer.
- The maximum professional development grant will be $2,000. The number of grants awarded each year will depend upon the number of applications received, and funding availability.
- Past awards have included writers- workshops, art courses in Maine and MA, general and special educator conferences, anti-bullying seminars, Math and Science workshops and a summer science program in the Galapagos Islands.
- The Program Grants will fund innovative and dynamic classroom and curriculum projects, as well as professional development opportunities for educators.
- Grants may be awarded in all disciplines, including, but not limited to, science, reading, writing, social studies, art, music and math.
- No cap on Program Grants. Range from several hundred, to several thousand dollars.
- We like to receive exciting, creative, innovative ideas as a part of this grant program.
- Past awards include rechargers, science authentic assessment tools, art in the schools, memorial school salt-water aquarium, 4th grade Lego engineering program and PWS outdoor musical classroom.
Partnering with Bedford Rotary Club and Bedford Kids First Trust
- These two organizations are seeking to fund grants that emphasize:
- Service and Leadership (Bedford Rotary Club)
- Foster awareness and enjoyment of good nutrition and fitness for children in grades two (2) through six (6). (Kids First)
- Promote good decision-making skills in children in grades seven (7) through twelve (12) relating to “Adolescent Challenges”. (Kids First)
Including but not limited to:
- Fostering awareness and promotion of good nutrition.
- Physical fitness.
- A love of reading and learning.
- Confidence to make good decisions.
- Developing healthy interpersonal relationships.
- Readying youth to contribute in the community and workplace.
- Avoiding risky behaviors (alcohol, drugs, social media, bullying, and other challenges), commonly referred to as “Adolescent Challenges”.
Visit our gallery of Previous Grant Recipients to see what kinds of initiatives have been funded.