Thu, Feb. 20

Donation from Drake Cement supplements teacher grant funds available from YCEF

PRESCOTT - A $1,000 contribution from Drake Cement which operates in Paulden will be added to grant program funds offered by the Yavapai County Education Foundation.

"We're grateful for the funds Drake Cement is giving our countywide grant program. It demonstrates the corporation's commitment to supporting education in the community where it is located," said Tim Wiederaenders, YCEF president.

The Yavapai County Education Foundation is currently seeking applications for two different grant programs.

The first is individual classroom teacher grants, whereby any teacher in a public, charter or private school in Yavapai County may apply for funds to support an educational project which otherwise might not be possible because of limited school budgets. Successful applicants may receive up to $500 for appropriate projects. The application deadline is Nov. 3, 2014.

The second is the building, district or school matching funds grant. Under guidelines for this program, any public, charter, or private school in Yavapai County may apply for financial support which will benefit the entire building, school or district. Up to $1,000 is available for such projects, but the amount must be matched by the district, school, or an outside donor. The application deadline is also Nov. 3.

"In 2013, the YCEF awarded more than $15,000 to four school matching funds projects and 25 classroom teacher projects," said Wiederaenders.

Guidelines and application forms for each of the grant programs are available through the Yavapai County Education Foundation website at Those who have questions should contact Katie Granger at (928) 442-5139.

Wiederaenders emphasized that the Yavapai County Education Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization "whose sole mission is to promote and provide support for public, charter and private schools in Yavapai County."

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