Guidelines for Funding of Elementary and Secondary Education
The Dyson Foundation values quality public education and is committed to helping to improve public schools in Dutchess County at the pre-kindergarten, elementary, and secondary levels. However, the Foundation believes that it is not appropriate for a private entity to assume financial responsibility for public education. To this end, the Foundation will provide limited grant funding for certain targeted projects.
The Foundation will consider funding to Dutchess County public schools for the following:
- Programs involving parents in actively supporting the education of their children (i.e. parent literacy, parenting classes);
- Professional development for teachers and administrators. This applies to conferences and workshops for teachers and administrators offered by outside organizations and does not include scheduled in-service workshops done in the individual school districts.
The Foundation will not award funds directly to public schools. Applicant schools must have an established relationship with a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization that will serve as a fiscal sponsor (such as an affiliated foundation or community foundation).
Funding for Private/Independent Schools in Dutchess County (K-12)
The Dyson Foundation is committed to making education at independent schools a possibility for economically disadvantaged children in Dutchess County. At the present time, the Foundation will only consider proposals from independent schools to fund partial scholarships for these children, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. Proposals should present evidence of:
- A strong and well-organized program to support scholarship students in adjusting to the culture of the school throughout their years there.
- Other financial commitments to support scholarships at the school that indicate an ability to match a percentage of each student's scholarship throughout their years there.
- An assurance that students will be able to attend the school for a number of years with designated entry years and openings for more than one child.
- A long-term commitment to establishing a scholarship fund designated specifically for economically disadvantaged children in Dutchess County.
Funding for Private/Independent Schools in Dutchess County (K-12) Serving Children with Special Needs
The Foundation will consider funding to independent schools for children with special needs if a substantial percentage of their students are Dutchess County children. These schools may apply to the Dyson Foundation for the following:
• Programs involving parents in actively supporting the education of their children (i.e. parent literacy, parenting classes);
• Professional development for teachers and administrators. This applies to conferences and workshops for teachers and administrators offered by outside organizations and does not include scheduled in-service workshops done in the individual school districts.
For these schools, the Foundation will also consider requests for funding for Mini-Grants through the Management Assistance Program (MAP) or for funding through the Foundation's Strategic Restructuring Initiative.
Guidelines for Funding of Elementary and Secondary Education outside Dutchess County
With the exception of Management Assistance Program (MAP) or Strategic Restructuring Initiative funding available to schools for special needs children in Columbia, Greene, Orange, Putnam, and Ulster Counties, the Dyson Foundation does not make grants to public schools or private schools outside of Dutchess County. For guidelines about funding in these other counties, click here.
Funding for Field Trips
Through a grant from the Dyson Foundation, the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley administers grants to public school districts in Dutchess and Ulster counties to support field trips. For more information and to apply, visit the CFHV Field Trip Grants page.