Guidelines for Funding of Elementary and Secondary Education

Funding for Public Schools in Dutchess County (K-12)

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 Elementary and Secondary Schools Serving Children with Special Needs

The Foundation will consider capacity-building Mini-Grants to independent schools for children with special needs in our six-county Mid-Hudson Valley region through the Management Assistance Program (MAP) or the Strategic Restructuring Initiative, provided those schools meet the eligibility criteria for those programs. The Foundation will not consider funding to independent schools serving the general population. 

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 Grants page and select Education.