The 2016-17 BEF Grants were awarded January 11th, 2017.  Congratulations to the BEF Grant Winners listed below.

Watch for the 2017-18 grant submission opportunity in the fall of 2017.

Windy Leona, Malabon
Leslie Hyland, Malabon
Charissa Nelson, Malabon
Candice Rusher, Cascade
Gabby Calkins, Cascade
Christina Boorman, Cascade
Patrick Sinnott, Willamette
Devon Vendetti, Willamette
Cody Gulewich, Willamette
Amber Plaunty, Willamette
Paul Stieber, Willamette
Joy Hatch, Willamette
Zachary Lauritzen, Willamette
Mike Hodgert, Willamette
Gayle Stephensen, Willamette
Karen Ferguson, Irving
Debbi Holte, Irving
Erin Moss, Irving
Janay Stroup, Kalapuya

Rich Dambrov, Kalapuya
Cal Taylor, Kalapuya
Bruce Weinberg, Kalapuya
Christina Cox, Clear Lake
Amanda Forester, Clear Lake
Jennifer Reiss, Clear Lake
Lara Castillo, Fairfield
Roni Borja, Meadow View
Lynda Hardwick, Meadow View
Eric Wright, Meadow View
Rose Peck, Meadow View
Jessika Smith, Prairie Mountain
Jenifer Gerlach, Prairie Mountain
Amanda Zacharek, Prairie Mountain
Rachel Hsieh, Prairie Mountain
Maureen Clark, Prairie Mountain
Debi Bostwick, Prairie Mountain
Marty Greydanus, Shasta


(Grant review begins
November 2016)

Grant Details

The 2016 – 2017 Bethel Education Foundation Grant submission period has now closed.

The Bethel Education Foundation is sponsoring grants ranging from $1 to $1,500.00 which will be judged by the following criteria;

  • Enhance the quality of a student’s educational experience
  • Lend direct and immediate support to instructional activities and services
  • Innovative approaches to learning
  • Probability of effectiveness in helping students
  • Feasibility of accomplishing the project
  • Clarity/Quality of application (spelling, grammar, concise)

Merit: The grant review process will be blind; reviewers will not know what school an application comes from so that submissions can be judged on merit alone. Please avoid mentioning your school by name within the grant description sections.
NOTE: Individual school principals will have final veto power over grants. It is required that grant ideas are approved by principals before submission.

Timeline: Applications were accepted from Monday, October 17 to Monday, November 21 and grants will be awarded on December 14, 2016.

Required: Compulsory information on the grant application includes:

  • A brief description of the project
  • An indication of why this project is important for the education of Bethel students
  • Approximate budget for the project
  • Number of students to be served by your proposal
  • Indication of how this project will be evaluated for success

Tech: There are specific requirements around technology for those seeking grants for laptops, iPads, etc.  Check the FAQs on the BEF Grant website for important details.

Notes: Monies must be used by May 1, 2017 or they will be returned to the general grant fund to be awarded in the next grant cycle.

Additional funds have been awarded to the Bethel Education Foundation this year from private entities to encourage literacy. These funds will be available during the 2016-2017 grant process, therefore projects promoting literacy are encouraged for this additional funding opportunity.

Specific questions can be emailed to Jennifer Jacobson, Margaret Hansen, or Pat McGillivray.

We look forward to learning how you will enhance the education of Bethel students in your classroom.

Grant Frequently Asked Questions

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE? The grant application period is now closed. Grants were accepted from October 17 through November 21.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR A GRANT? All Bethel staff.

WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE OUR FUNDS IF WE ARE AWARDED A GRANT?  Grants will be awarded on December 14, 2016, and grant money will be available immediately thereafter.

ARE THERE REQUIREMENTS AROUND TECHNOLOGY IF WE ARE SEEKING A GRANT FOR AN IPAD, LAPTOP, ETC?  Yes, it is necessary to purchase an approved/adopted device from the list below in order for it to be managed by Bethel Technology Services (update it, track it or add apps to it remotely.)  The Tech Department must purchase apps and devices directly through its vendors so they can tie them to Bethel’s various client management systems. Third-party or consumer-based purchased devices or apps will not be supported. Please use the following list for estimating costs (please contact Technology Services for any specialty app or specific software pricing.)

  • Bethel Standard Dell Laptop - $1350.00 plus/minus 2%
  • Bethel Standard (staff) Chromebook (J2, non-antimicrobial) $165.00 plus $28.00 Chrome management console license fee
  • Bethel Standard (student) Chromebook (NL6, antimicrobial, webcam, built-in carry handle) $240.00 plus $28.00 Chrome management console license fee
  • Bethel Standard Chromebook or iPad Anthro cart (up to 36 devices) $1565.00 (includes shipping)
  • Bethel Standard iPad (mini 2) $259.00 plus $18.00 for each protective case and $8.00 per device management licensing fee

DO WE HAVE TO SPEND OUR GRANT AWARD THIS SCHOOL YEAR?  Yes, monies awarded must be used by May 1, 2017 or they will go back into the general grant fund. Due to District policy and procedure, the District audit does not allow for cash reimbursements.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A GRANT?  You must apply electronically through the BEF website under the Grant tab.  Click the link at the top of the page which will take you to the Grant Application Form.

CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE GRANT OPPORTUNITY?  Yes, it is possible for an educator to be awarded more than one grant but there is a limit of two grants per teacher.

CAN TWO OR MORE PEOPLE APPLY FOR ONE GRANT?  Yes, if two or more people want to work together on one grant and share the results that is fine.  For BEF communication purposes one of the participants needs to be considered the principal or lead applicant.

DOES MY PRINCIPAL HAVE TO APPROVE MY GRANT BEFORE I SUBMIT IT?  Individual school principals will have final veto power over grants. To avoid confusion, it is required that grant ideas are approved by principals before submission.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOU SAY THAT THE APPLICATIONS WILL BE "BLIND?"  In blind reviews the evaluators do not know who has written the grant or what school they come from.  Reviewers will be voting on the merit of the application alone.  This is why well-written and compelling applications are important.

HOW DOES THE GRANT PROCESS WORK?  HOW ARE THE DECISIONS MADE? Reviewers rate each grant according to the stated grant criteria. Ratings are tabulated and grants are then ranked. Grants are then awarded based upon the monies available for use.

WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE ME FOR WRITING A "WINNING" APPLICATION?  Because the grant reviewers are not professional educators, it is best that acronyms and specialized language or procedures be explained in laypersons’ terms. A simple, but well thought out appeal is best. Our reviewers appreciate proposals that enrich the educational experience of Bethel students, but are possible within the existing framework that already exists within the various building and personnel limitations.  Let them know that you have done your homework and that what you are proposing is really possible with the current technological and personnel limitations. Wording is important. Let the reviewers feel your passion for your proposed project and the impact that it will have on your students and in your school.

I ENTER EVERY YEAR AND NEVER GET AWARDED A GRANT.  WHAT AM I DOING WRONG? Our reviewers score the applications using the evaluation criteria. Keep the evaluation criteria in mind while writing your grant. Our reviewers have to make difficult choices—there is never enough money to go around—so help them to understand the impact the money will make to your classroom or your students.

WILL EACH SCHOOL RECEIVE A GRANT?  Because the process is blind, the best written grants will be the ones that get funded. There is no requirement that each school receives at least one grant.

WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?  Further information can be obtained by emailing BEF Executive Director Jennifer Jacobson, or BEF Grant Managers Margaret Hansen or Pat McGillivray.