Edina Education Fund Programs
We operate a variety of programming to enhance educational opportunities in the Edina Public Schools. Support our work with a tax-deductible donation.
Educator Grants (previously Innovation Grants)
Every year the Edina Education Fund invites Edina Public Schools staff to request grant funds for educational projects that align with District educational competencies, have big impact, and have the potential to be replicated elsewhere within the District. This year's grant process will begin on Monday, October 17.
More than 300 grants have been awarded throughout the District at all grade levels over the past 20 years, ranging from cultural diversity and inclusion curriculum to hands-on STEM activities to creative literacy enrichment opportunities.
In addition to the one-year grants that are awarded through the Educator Grants process, the Ed Fund supports larger projects and programming with district-wide impact. These projects are often multi-year grant awards to support the phased implementation of longer-term programming. This collaboration provides necessary support, especially during tight financial times, in order to maintain the Edina Public Schools District’s high standard of excellence.
Recently funded projects include: Personal Financial Literacy, Makerspaces, South View Writing Center, Edina High School Writing Center, Project Lead the Way, World Savvy, and more.
Fiscally Sponsored Projects
The Edina Education Fund believes it is able to better promote its mission through partnership and collaboration. To that end, the Ed Fund has acted as a fiscal sponsor for a variety of Edina education- and student-related groups for a number of years. This arrangement allows these groups to be funded through charitable contributions, when otherwise they would not be able to do so because they lack a 501(c)(3) designation. As a fiscal sponsor, the Ed fund provides grants funds through donations that are designated to support these groups.
Some of our fiscally sponsored projects include: Edina High School Robotics (Team 1816 – The Green Machine), Edina Friends of Forensics – Speech and Debate, Edina High School Band Boosters, Friends of Latin Language, and others.
The Edina Education Fund partners with generous donors and Edina High School to facilitate scholarships for outstanding Edina High School students. We are proud to be a part of this program and help Edina Public Schools students pursue higher education.