Small Grants Deadline for Spring 2018

The deadline to apply for a Small Grant is Tuesday October 16th 2018.

View the Small Grant Application here.

The Northampton Education Foundation awards grants twice a year to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching and learning initiatives for the Northampton Public Schools consistent with the district’s goals. Through the grant program, we support the preparation of new instructional materials, methods, and innovative teaching programs that are introduced into a classroom. We also fund extracurricular initiatives that are intended to enhance student learning. Since the grant program was initiated in 1991, dozens of projects have received funding. These projects have been proposed by teachers and administrators, often in collaboration with parents, community members, and local organizations. For summaries of projects undertaken since June, 2000, see NEF-Funded Projects.

We’re all abuzz about the Bee – and the Endowment!

NEF Spelling Bee

It was wonderful to see so many of you last night at NEF’s 18th annual Adult Spelling Bee.  What a night – hundreds of people of all ages, thirty-eight creative teams of spellers, a range of challenging words from booboisie to vivisepulture – all to raise important funds so that NEF can say YES to more teachers.
What made last night even more exciting?  It was also the public launch of our campaign to raise $1 million for the NEF Endowment.  Thanks to the generosity of many lead donors, we are already halfway there!

And with the support of our incredible community, we know we will reach our goal: to provide guaranteed, multi-year grants at all Northampton public schools, forever.

We are so excited about the innovation and collaboration the Endowment can provide for our teachers and students – a resource that will be there for them, regardless of the economic or political situation, for all the years to come.

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And stay tuned for more exciting updates!

Mark your calendars for a vibrant Spring at NEF!
April 4, 6:30 pm:         Rachel Simmons event at Northampton High School to benefit NEF
April 16:                         NEF Small Grants to Teachers deadline
May 1:                            Valley Gives Day
May 12:                          SOS Plant Sale
May 23:                         Citywide NEF/PTO biannual meeting
June 8:                          NEF Showcase

For more information about any of these events, please visit

“Enough As She Is” Event with Rachel Simmons in Northampton

Best-selling author and girl expert Rachel Simmons will share strategies to help girls move beyond impossible standards of success to live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. Join us for a talk followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Hosted by the Northampton Education Foundation.

Located at Northampton High School:
Address: 30 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01060

Books will be available from Odyssey Bookshop and will be signed at the event.

All donations are tax-deductible and benefit the Northampton Education Foundation.

If you wish to bring a girl to this event, Rachel recommends 7th-12th graders.

Spring Showcase 2017 – NEF Video

This is what the Northampton Education Foundation (NEF) is all about. Making a REAL difference in our community and public schools!

As part of our Spring Showcase this year we met some of the amazing people in our public schools using funds from NEF grants. Listen as they share their experiences.

Special thanks to the NHS Technology Department for filming and editing this piece!

Thanks our Wonderful Community for a great 2017 Valley Gives Day!

The Northampton Education Foundation
Thanks our Wonderful Community for a great Valley Gives Day!

NEF could not do it without your support – and we are enormously grateful to all of you who donated on Valley Gives Day.

Not only did you make this NEF’s best Valley Gives Day to date,

but your generosity allowed us to win additional prize money.

Between your donations, matches, prizes, and of course, our very generous anonymous donors,

NEF received funds totaling over $40,000.


In just 24 hours, our community came together to generate more money for our programs, our schools, our students.

You just made a tremendous difference – Thank you!

2016 NEF Fall Newsletter