Stonington Education Fund (“SEF”) was founded in 1995 around a kitchen
table by a small group of concerned parents who were seeking ways to
provide more innovations and challenging programs for all children in
the Stonington school district without adding any tax burdens for
The foundation allows individuals, families, businesses, and
corporations to make fully tax-deductible donations to benefit public
As the SEF has evolved, it now funds primarily two types of grants. One
being teacher Mini-Grants that are applied for in the fall and approved
by the Career Incentive Committee within the school district.
A Mini-Grant is usually of less than $500 and encompasses a classroom
innovative teaching project. The SEF annually commits $5000 to fund
The second type of grants the SEF funds is the “Apple Grant”. Teachers
apply directly to the SEF for funding of academic or technological
improvements, for example, of an amount greater than $500. The request
of this type of grant must be of an academically enriching nature,
engaging, creative, innovative. The SEF supports academics, technology,
music, arts, and athletics.
Since 1995, the SEF has granted a total of roughly $400,000, including
almost $52,000 in Mini-Grants. Consider the positive impact this has had
on Stonington’s students over the years! It is solely due to the
generosity of our donors that the SEF has been able to provide money for
learning opportunities our students would not otherwise have had.