BVEF to award annual grants to schools

It’s that time of year again when the kids are back in class and teachers and school personnel have put the finishing touches on their plans and rooms for their eager students. The Bay Village Education Foundation, however, lends a helping hand to those teachers and staff that desire a little something extra at the beginning of each year, such as to initiate a revolutionary idea, gather more purposeful and helpful supplies, or to try using new equipment with their students.

Those, of course, are just to name a few examples of the possibilities. The BVEF’s mission is to support, promote and fund all areas of public school curriculum and enhance enthusiasm for learning inside and out of the classroom. Therefore, each fall, they extend the offer to Bay teachers and staff to award grants to fund these exciting ideas that are requested throughout the district. The grants awarded can range from providing support to extra-curricular activities, classroom and district activities, and to a variety of creative learning opportunities.

Over the past three years, the BVEF has awarded $10,000 to $12,000 annually to fund various ideas, materials and activities with dollars contributed and fundraised throughout the year. The average grant size gifted each year is $150 to $1,500, based on the level of expense that is being requested per staff member.

For the 2014-2105 school year, the grant deadline is Sept. 26, via electronic submission. The online grant application can be accessed through the Bay Village Schools website under “Parent/Support Groups” and then the Bay Education Foundation tab to access the “Grants and Awards” site. After careful consideration by the BVEF, the much anticipated notification of grants takes place around the end of October with the BVEF “Grant Prize Patrol” that visits each awardee.

For more information on requesting a grant, you can contact the Chair of Grants, Ellie Bricmont,, or newly inducted BVEF President, Amy Papp,

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Volume 6, Issue 19, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.16.2014