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Grants Overview

Each year, grant applications are submitted by teachers or administrators to the Foundation Board. The Board thoroughly reviews proposed grants and awards those deemed most compelling and beneficial to students’ growth and development. The Foundation works closely with the administration and Board of Education to insure that all proposals are consistent with the school district’s curricular needs and long-range plans, and that any grant’s ongoing maintenance costs can be absorbed into the school budget.

Thanks to the generosity of the Byram Hills community, the Byram Hills Education Foundation has awarded over 349 grants totaling over $4.4 million since its inception in 1994.


Consistent with its mission, grants have been awarded to each of the four schools and district-wide, enabling teachers and administrators to introduce creative programs and equipment beyond what is covered by the school district’s operating budget.

The Foundation’s consistent funding has encouraged teachers to ‘think outside the box’ in providing students with enriching, curriculum-based learning opportunities.

In 2017-18 the BHEF awarded one Signature Grant and seven Insta-Grants totalling outlined here.

Wellness Initiative* –  This grant provides opportunities for all students to reach their highest potential as they grow academically, socially and emotionally in all four schools, including:

  • Coman Hill - an indoor Educational Playspace that can be used year-round to enhance skills such as collaboration, creativity and problem solving.
  • Wampus - an outdoor Obstacle Course will provide an innovative and fun way for students to boost their physical and mental health.
  • HCC and BHHS - the Challenge Success program by Stanford University will assess student needs then utilize this feedback to develop an action plan to support students' emotional and physical wellness, including a new Wellness Lounge at each school where students can decompress, reflect and re-center themselves.

*Generously co-funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund