Grant Program

The Upper Dublin Education Foundation's Grant Program is designed to encourage innovation and to develop resources and meet needs that are not addressed in existing District programs.  We are now accepting applications for the May 1 deadline.  UDEF has funded more than $130,000 in classroom grants and continues to respond to the needs of the school district.  We are grateful for the generous support from individuals, corporations and private foundations that make our Grant program possible.

Any new project, idea, or innovation for which funding is sought must be aligned with the Foundation's overall mission of enhancing the educational experiences and lifetime opportunities of students in our District.   

This year, UDEF approved 21 grants totaling more than $30,000.  To date, the 2017-2018 recipients are: 

Debbie Bonk (JTES):  Mindfulness Training

Rachel  Buchman Bennett (SRMS):  Scooter Super Set

Mychal Bligen (UDHS):  Connections in Action: UDHS Schoolwide Leadership Project

Debbie Einhorn (FWES):   Buddy Bench

Debbie Einhorn (FWES):   Mindfulness Program

Elementary Art Departments:  “Hokusai: A Museum Adventure” in our Elementary Schools

Mark Feliciani (SRMS):   STEM Increasing Video Creation in the Classroom

Tony Giammarco (UDHS):   Flexible Learning Space for Social Studies Alcove

Jennifer Hamilton (MGES):  Mindfulness Training

Chris Horn (SRMS, UDHS):  Creating Composers on Chromebooks from Scratch, using SoundTrap

Meg Kowalski (UDHS):  World Language/Math Alcove – A Workspace for All

Josh Meyer (TFES):  Mindfulness Training

Teresa Milrod (JTES):   Playaways for Struggling Readers

Matthew Rooney (SRMS):  Standing Desks

Stephanie Sample (SRMS):  Alternative/Flexible Seating to Improve Student Success

Jill Snyder (SRMS):  A Classroom Built for Collaboration and Creativity

SRMS Life Skills Staff:  Fun & Function Corkscrew Chairs for Autistic/Emotional Support

SRMS Guidance:  Managing Stress Mindfully – teacher training

Melissa Traber (JTES):  Flexible Classroom Seating for Success

Donna Ward (UDHS):  Mindfulness Enhancement

Melanie Zamichieli (SRMS):  Mindfulness Matters/Yoga Mats



Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible for a Grant?


All teachers and staff are available to apply for a Mini-Grant.


Is there a limit on the amount of funds a teacher can apply for?


Proposals should not exceed $5,000. Larger amounts can be considered if phased over more than one year.


What is the application deadline?


Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the 2015-2016 school year through April 15, 2016. While applications will be accepted and considered throughout the entire school year, funding may be more limited later in the year as a result of Grants previously awarded during the year. Applications received after March 1, 2015 may be considered for funding in the 2016-2017 school year.


Where do I send my application?


Applications should be sent via email directly to the foundation at Please also copy the e-mail both to the Superintendent's office ( and your building principal or supervisor.


How are the awards determined?


A subcommittee will review all proposals and make award recommendations to the UDEF board who will, in turn, authorize all Grant awards and finalize award amounts, The Foundation may require additional information from an applicant, if necessary. The Foundation will promptly notify applicants of all award decisions.


If I am awarded a grant, do I need to report back to UDEF?


Yes, in submitting an application, you agree to provide the Foundation with a Grant Status Report no later than one month after completion of the funded project or innovation and at the latest by Friday, June 3, 2016.


What should my Grant Status Report include, and where should I send it?


The Grant Status Report should be submitted electronically to the Foundation at This brief report will summarize your grant and provide an assessment of how successfully the funded project achieved its desired goals. Please include at least one electronic photograph of your Grant "in action."