Classroom Grants – The Impact

The 2020 Classroom Grant program is on hold. Due to the unprecedented time we are living in, and the continuation of Comprehensive Distance Learning, we have decided to extend our hold on grant funding until the decision is made by the district to have some form of in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. We are exploring other options to provide support for teachers and students during this time.

In 2019, we awarded over $105,000 to STEM, art, music and wellness classroom grants to teachers/schools in Bend, La Pine & Sunriver! K-12 educators must review our Grant Information details before submitting the Classroom Grant Application (pdf fillable form).

Classroom Grants provide valuable resources for our local public schools.  Twice a year (spring & fall) the Foundation provides financial and resource support to public school educators on a district-wide level for high impact, academically proven innovative projects with solid implementation and evaluation plans in the areas of STEM, art, music and wellness.  We serve to bridge the gap between the educational community and the business community in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver.

Scott McDonald, Instructional Technology Coach, stated “There have been some exciting emerging technologies in education that have been, and continue to be, developed for student learning that are both meaningful and FUN. The Education Foundation helps us bring that technology into the classroom each and every year with their classroom grants program. The Education Foundation Classroom Grants program allows us all to work together in order to make the most of these unique emerging education technologies.”

Donated funds pay for innovative programs not mandated or funded by the state or district but which support a quality, equitable education that challenges students and enhances learning.  State funding for education is inadequate for many K-12 enrichment programs and resources are limited for funding of innovative programs. The Foundation directly supports hands-on student programs, purchasing equipment and materials, funding visiting artists and scientists and providing an opportunity for educators to provide learning that meets real world needs and student interests. Funding priorities are for high-need schools (Title 1 or high percentage of students on Free & Reduced Meals program) and programs that have a strong connection to BLS curriculum goals and State standards.