Foundation offers grants for students and teachers

The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley has opened the online application process for more than $385,000 in education grants and scholarships for residents of Putnam, Dutchess and Ulster counties.

Education grants

The Fund for Excellence in Education provides grants for preschool through grade 12 teachers at public, parochial and private/independent schools to support classroom projects or professional development (i.e., not to fulfill as master’s degree or certification requirements). Grants are also available for professional development to teach writing or improve student writing. There are also smaller grants for public schools in specific locations.

This year, the Verizon Foundation is sponsoring grants for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects, activities and equipment. In Dutchess County, Taconic IPA Science Education Grants pay for laboratory science equipment for grades 7 to 12.

Teachers apply online at under “Education.” Applications are due March 15 and the awards will be announced in May.

Academic scholarships

Last year, 65 families, individuals and community groups donated more than $275,000 for scholarships for college or vocational training. Some are earmarked for students in specific school districts or for those pursuing a specialized course of study, while others are open to all graduating high school seniors. Apply online at Unless noted, applications are due April 1, and awards will be announced in late June.

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