The Stonington Education Fund seeks to promote excellence in the Stonington Public Schools through the effective use of private donations and grants.
A further goal is to increase community support for and understanding of the educational mission of the Stonington Public Schools. The Stonington Education Fund is a all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization.
The Stonington Education Fund (“SEF”) was founded in 1995 around a kitchen table by a small group of concerned parents who were seeking ways to provide more innovations and challenging programs for all children in the Stonington school district without adding any tax burdens for property owners. The foundation allows individuals, families, businesses, and corporations to make fully tax-deductible donations to benefit public school students.
As the SEF has evolved, it now funds primarily two types of grants. One being teacher Mini-Grants that are applied for in the fall. A Mini-Grant is usually of less than $500 and encompasses a classroom innovative teaching project. The SEF annually commits $5,000 to fund Mini-Grants. The second type of grants the SEF funds is the “Apple Grant”. Teachers and administrators may apply directly to the SEF for funding of projects in an amount greater than $500. The request of this type of grant must be of an academically enriching nature, engaging, creative, and innovative. The SEF supports academics, technology, music, arts, and athletics.