Ashland Schools Foundation Grants


The 2020-2021 Grant Year has been Amazing!


In a year of unprecedented challenges and changes, the community continued to show outstanding support for Ashland Public Schools. Even though COVID brought the 2020 ASF Annual Fund Drive to a halt in the spring, our supporters still opted to strengthen Ashland’s educational resources with their donations. These gifts allowed ASF to pivot and revise grant programs to be responsive to the immediate needs of administrators, teachers, and students. Below is an accounting of how your 2020 donations have made a positive impact in the Ashland Schools - and even beyond!
 

Education Support Grants: $104,000 budget
Bellview gardeners
Bellview Garden workers in pre-COVID times!

In the 2020-21 school year, ASF has so far awarded a dozen Ed Support grants to help meet district and school-wide needs. ASF paid for approximately 80 devices (lap-tops & iPads) for home distance-learning, purchased large tents for safe outdoor classroom space at school sites once students were back in hybrid mode, and a large variety of needs across the district including a greenhouse for Bellview's garden! Click HERE to read about Ed Support Grants!
 

Classroom Impact Grants: $35,000 budget

The criteria for these classroom-based grants was expanded this year to meet the needs of teachers who are trying to meet both distance learning and hybrid school needs. Engaging students while keeping everyone socially distanced is a challenge! Nearly 50 grants have been awarded so far this year - a record for ASF Impact Grants! Click HERE to read more about ALL of this year's Impact Grants! They're inspiring!!


 

Fund for Equity & Inclusion: $7,000 funds raised (so far!)

This new fund was formed last summer to expand diversity, equity and inclusion (EDI) resources in Ashland's public schools. The first $5000 in donations is being matched by ASF - currently there are still $1500 remaining in the matching fund! We are still working on equitable ways to seek out and process these grants, but so far we have already funded $26,000 in Ed Support and Impact Grants that have an EDI central theme.
 

 

ASD Fire Assistance Fund: $63,857 relief grants awarded

When the Almeda Fire struck the Rogue Valley on the first day of school in the fall of 2020, ASF immediately committed $50,000 in our reserve funds to support Ashland School District staff and families who were impacted by the fire. We held a reverse fundraising effort - spending the money then asking donors to give! And the donors totally came through - we've paid back the $50,000 and then some! We also wanted to help our school neighbors in Talent and Phoenix who were hit so hard by the fire. Our board voted to donate half of our Monster Dash profits to the Phoenix Talent Fire Relief Fund - over $11,000.
 

Direct Support to Programs: $29,000 donations collected

ASF works with school programs, like the AHS Theater Program or the AHS/AMS Band and Orchestra Programs, helping them fundraise. We accept directed donations for their needs and forward those funds to their school accounts. We don't charge any administration fees for our services - we just want to help. 
 

 

 

2021 Lawn Sign
 
2021 Annual Fund Drive is happening NOW! 


We have nearly completed all of the 2020-21 grant awards, and our coffers are almost empty! Our 2021 Annual Fund Drive began in April 2021 and we are asking donors to continue their support so we can offer more incredible grants to teachers and administrators in the next school year! Give NOW so we can award larger needs this summer when schools are planning next year's programs and staff. Teachers will want to apply for grants then, too, so they can start out the school year with great projects ready to go! Just click on the donate button above and be a part of this incredible community of donors who are investing in the future by enhancing education for our students.

 

Remember: We are only limited by the amount of donations we receive.

 



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