Who may submit a grant?
Typically, grant applications are submitted by teachers or the District, but any parent, student or community member may submit an application.
Who decides what projects will be funded?
Each grant application is reviewed by the Grant Review Committee and is assessed using specific criteria. The Grant Review Committee – parents, teachers, a representative of the Superintendent and one representative from the Board of Education – reviews all applications and recommends grants to the Foundation Board of Directors. Grants approved by the Foundation Board are submitted to the Superintendent who refers them to the Board of Education for consideration and approval.
Are there restrictions on what the Foundation is allowed to pay for?
Yes. The Foundation may not pay directly for operating costs of the District, including faculty salaries. Funded grants are gifts to the District, which must be formally accepted by the Board of Education.
Are donations to the Foundation tax-deductible?
Yes. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, and donations made will be tax-deductible as permitted by law.
Can I donate money for a specific project?
Will the Foundation accept money from my company’s matching gift program? Will the Foundation accept gifts of securities?
Yes. Please indicate on the Donate form that your company will match your gift or that you wish to make a gift of securities.
Why contribute to the Foundation, especially in a high tax district?
The school tax paid by residents of the Bedford Central School District funds the operating school budget as approved by voters each spring. The Foundation grants pay for programs and equipment that are NOT covered by the school budget. These grants enable teachers and administrators to enhance the curriculum by providing exciting learning opportunities for children in the district.
Whether you are a parent of a student or a resident without children in the district school system, the continued excellence of our schools is critical to ensure an educated citizenry and to preserve the value of our property and life in our community.