Classroom Grants – Our Impact

Classroom Grants provide valuable resources for our local public schools. On an annual basis, the Foundation provides support to educators on a district-wide level for high impact, academically proven projects with solid implementation and evaluation plans. Funding priorities are:

  • To provide tools for teachers, with an emphasis on STEM programs
  • To support art and music in classrooms
  • To enhance community and parental involvement in our schools

Our 2018 Classroom Grant application process closed April 13, 2018. We are honored to have awarded over $89,000 to 53 STEM, art, music and wellness classroom grants to teachers/schools in Bend, La Pine & Sunriver this year! You can connect with us at our email address:


Classroom Grant Application

Scott McDonald, Instructional Technology Coach, stated “The Education Foundation is an essential partner for all of our schools when it comes to emerging technology in the classroom. This coming school year, students from EVERY Bend-La Pine middle school will have a unique opportunity to fly small programmable drones using code! Learning to write code is challenging. Students who persevere through the curriculum will see their hard work come to life when they are able to make the drones fly intricate patterns and maneuvers using functions and commands that they program themselves. This kind of opportunity would not be possible if not for the classroom grants that the Education Foundation awards to teachers every spring.”

Bend High engineering teacher Gavin Meyers, also a grant recipient states “Bend High’s Engineering Design and Development course guides junior and senior level engineering students through a yearlong process of identifying and solving a problem using engineering principles.  The results have been astonishing, with students inventing and/or innovating products such as smartphone apps, skis, snowboards, skateboard brakes, fishing lures, climate control systems, footwear, and much more.  Thank you, Education Foundation, for your continued support!”