Needham, Mass. – September 3, 2010 – The Needham Education Foundation (NEF) is accepting applications for its fall 2010 grants program. Each year, NEF awards dozens of grants that bring learning to life for hundreds of public school students. Any Needham Public School teacher, staff member or administrator may apply for an NEF grant, as well as any community organization or individual.

Large Grants Up to $15,000

Large grant concept papers are due at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 15, 2010. A select group of applicants are invited to prepare a full application. The full large grant applications are due Friday, December 10, 2010. Large grant applications are available on the NEF website at www.nefneedham.org, along with a list of prior grants. For questions, contact Erica Supple at 781-444-3735 or desupple@rcn.com; or, Allison Dick at 617-416-9295 or Allison_Dick@needham.k12.ma.us.

Small Grants Up to $5,000
Fall small grant applications are due at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 22, 2010. The NEF runs a second small grant cycle in the spring. Small grant applications are available online at http://nef.mkmwebs.com. For questions, contact Brooke Baker at 781-449-8112 or b.baker@mac.com; or Steve Guerriero at 781-455-0455 x117 or Stephen_Guerriero@needham.k12.ma.us.

Paper applications are due in Superintendent Dan Gutekanst’s office by the dates listed above. Needham Public Schools Director of Community Education and Planning, Susan Bonaiuto, is available to help brainstorm or shape an application idea. To contact Sue, email Susan_Bonaiuto@needham.k12.ma.us.