The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) is now soliciting applications for new projects for the 2017-18 school year.

“We have funds and we want to award them to worthy applicants,” Judy Staber, President of the Board announced.

Now in its 15th year of existence, CEF supports a wide range of enrichment programs for students in the Chatham Central School District. Its mission is to provide innovative, worthwhile learning experiences not funded by the regular school budget. The Foundation consists of two endowments; the largest, The Fund for Arts and Humanities, was established by the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation; a second fund, founded in memory of former School Board Chairman, Alexander M. White awards grants across all disciplines. The CEF Board, composed of community members, parents, school personnel and high school students, reviews and votes on the applications each autumn. Project grants cannot exceed $3,000 and most are considerably smaller.

Anyone who has an appropriate project in mind may submit an application— community members, artists, scholars, teachers or school personnel are all encouraged to apply. Applicants not directly connected to the school district must find a teacher or school administrator who will support and sign-off on their proposal. The absolute deadline for submission is October 20th.

On this 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 CEF and manages its investments, but the CEF Board alone determines which projects are funded. CEF has underwritten programs by groups and individuals from our region as well as other countries and cultures that have instructed and entertained students throughout the district. See our past programs and photographs on this website.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to support CEF’s important work, click on “Donate Now”.