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New funding cycle for Chatham Education Foundation

September 5, 2018 11:42 am

CHATHAM — The Chatham Education Foundation is now receiving grant applications for new, as well as recurring, projects for the 2019-20 school year.

“The programs we fund include a wonderful range of learning experiences — across all disciplines — both in school as well as on field trips and we look forward to our next round of projects,” said Judy Staber, board president.

The mission of the Foundation, now in its 16th year, is to provide funds for innovative learning opportunities — kindergarten through high school — in the Chatham School District that are not available in the regular district budget.

The Foundation consists of two endowments, the largest of which is the Fund for Arts and Humanities, established by the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation; a second fund, founded in memory of former school board president Alexander M. White, awards grants across all disciplines.

Anyone who has an appropriate project in mind can submit an application; community members, artists, scholars, musicians, teachers or school personnel are encouraged to apply. Applicants not directly connected to the school district must have a teacher who will support their project and sign off on the proposal. The deadline for submission for this school year is Oct. 20. The applications for each year may be submitted year-round.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit On the website under “Grants” is the sample application form. Clicking on “How to Apply” takes one directly to the actual application on the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s site.

The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation provides administrative support to the Chatham Education Foundation and manages its investments, however the Chatham Foundation board determines which projects are funded.

The fifteen member board is made up of people from the community, as well as teachers, administrators and students. Chatham Education Foundation has underwritten programs by groups and individuals from the region, as well as from other countries and cultures, that have instructed and entertained students throughout the district. Many of the programs are listed online accompanied by photographs. A donation to the Foundation can be made by on the website by clicking “Donate Now.”