OEF Grant Programs
supporting innovative materials and experiences for Okemos students
Granting funds to enhance the education of Okemos students was the main reason for the founding of the Okemos Education Foundation. The first grant was given in 1985, and the OEF has been awarding funds through this program ever since.
Types of OEF Grants
Okemos faculty and staff can apply to the OEF to request funding through the following OEF Grant Programs:
OEF Grants These grants are given to Okemos educators to encourage innovative and creative teaching, and to provide expanded educational opportunities for students. They are not meant for consumable supplies or for professional development expenses. Generally not available to after-school clubs. Maximum grant amount: $1,000. Application deadlines: Feb 1, May 1, Oct 1.
OEF Micro-Grants A more flexible grant for smaller, more immediate needs (maximum grant amount: $250, firm). Suitable for materials/supplies. Available for both classroom and extra-curricular club needs. Applications are accepted at any time.
Lee Gerard Professional Development Grants This grant program was announced at the 2007 Commitment to Excellence Dinner to honor retired Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lee Gerard's strong commitment to a professional learning community through professional growth and development. These grants are given to teachers, administrators and/ or other staff members who are directly involved in instruction to fund professional growth opportunities that have a clear focus on learning for all students and to explore successful classroom innovations that can be shared through teacher collaboration. Applications are accepted at any time.
OEF Science Fair Grants Every Okemos school is eligible to apply for a grant to cover expenses associated with their annual science fair. Maximum grant amount: $350. Learn more.
Please note that due to IRS regulations, the OEF can only provide funding to projects that support the Okemos Public Schools. Clubs, trips, and projects that are not officially listed as an Okemos Public School club, trip, or project can not be funded. Even if the group involves Okemos students and meets in an Okemos school, the OEF is not legally able to provide funding if the district does not officially recognize the project or group. Religious and scouting groups fall into this category. If you are unsure whether or not the OEF would be able to fund your request, please contact the OEF before starting the application process.
Approved OEF Grants
The items and experiences funded through the various OEF Grant Programs vary each year, based on the innovative ideas of Okemos educators. OEF Grants fund projects in every building and in every subject area. See what has been funded recently.