About the C.E.S. Foundation
The C.E.S. Foundation was created in 2007 with the mission of enhancing learning opportunities for students of C.E.S. educational programs, including enrichment grants to C.E.S. educators. Since inception the C.E.S. Foundation has funded more than $235,000 for mini-grants to C.E.S. educators, program grants for C.E.S. schools and programs, and professional development grants for educators in C.E.S. member districts.
Applicants go through a rigorous application process and give both oral and written evaluations to the Board of Directors annually. The classroom-based mini-grants are designed to foster creativity and extend the classroom learning experiences beyond the regular curriculum. The program grants encourage full school or program experimentation and research in best and promising practices that not only enhance the learning opportunities for students in C.E.S. schools and programs but also may be shared with C.E.S. member districts.
Once the success of either the mini-grants or the program grants have been demonstrated, it is expected that the concepts and experiences will be embedded in the regular operating budget.
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Foundation awards Mini-Grants for 2020-21
Four mini-grants have been awarded to CES educators in Special Education, School Readiness and the Regional Center for the Arts. The funded projects will allow preschoolers to have more access to technology and social-emotional learning opportunities, give TDP students a chance to expand their thinking and problem-solving skills through games, and support a virtual Master Class for RCA students with a working standup comedienne. Click here to read more about the 2020-21 mini-grants.
C.E.S. Foundation Awards 15 Mini-Grants for 2019-20
The Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) Foundation has awarded 15 mini-grants to C.E.S. educators, totaling close to $10,000 in support of programs and classroom initiatives in 2019-20. The Foundation exists to support educational efforts through grants to teachers, administrators, and other education professionals. Board President Nancy Cetorelli distributed grant award letters to recipients in November following a review and approval of applications. The 2019-20 grants support student field trips, healthy living and exercise initiatives, science exploration, and more. Click to see a list of mini-grants.
Program Grants from the C.E.S. Foundation
Past funding included purchase of iPads to be used by autistic children for literacy development and curriculum support in the Special Education division and for students with learning needs at Six to Six Magnet School. Other program grants have gone to the School Readiness program to support science and music education and to fund the purchase of materials for a social development curriculum. Six to Six also used grants to expand its literacy initiatives. The Regional Center for the Arts received several grants to support bringing in professional artists from a variety of artistic genres to provide students with real world experiences including improvisation, script writing, dance, musical composition and dance. Typical grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 or more depending on the number of students impacted and the potential for success. Click to read more.