Student Grants

EDVENTURE GRANTS  ROLLING DEADLINE BEGINNING FEBRUARY 28, 2017

Provide funds for summer enrichment activities and are awarded based on financial need and/or demonstration that the activity aligns with IB learning goals or is service-oriented. Application link HERE.

OPPORTUNITY GRANTS Rolling Deadline

Supports low-income students so they can take advantage of enrichment opportunities that they would otherwise be unable to afford. Application link HERE.

SPECIAL ED SUMMER GRANTS Deadline March 31, 2017

Provides summer enrichment opportunities for students with an Individualized Education Plan. Application link HERE.

ZARA’S GRANTS Deadline March 30, 2017

Provides funds for low-income elementary students to pursue art experiences they would otherwise not be able to enjoy. Application link HERE.

School-based Grants

FUNK GLOBAL AWARENESS GRANTS

Awarded to Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School to support learning activities that promote global understanding and awareness.

HONNIKER STUDENT ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Supports students and their families who are in need of immediate financial assistance for food, clothing, medicine, eye glasses, utility bills and/or any basic need that might affect a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school. Awarded through CSD social workers.

BOOK FAIR BUCKS

Enables students in need to purchase age-appropriate books at elementary schools. The grants are administered through media centers and are based on research that shows children who have access to books and are read to consistently are more prepared for and more successful in school.

MUSIC GRANTS

Funds raised through the Mead Road Mardi Gras event provide grants for music education at schools across the city.

TEACHER INNOVATION GRANTS

Provides support of up to $1,500 to help teachers try innovative methods and projects.

PROJECT BOOKSHELF

Provides books, book groups and author visits to at-risk or reluctant readers at Renfroe Middle School.

Scholarships

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP

Provides a full year of tuition for a child in the one-year old class at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center.

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Awards 19 college scholarships (totaling more than $57,000) to graduating Decatur High School seniors. See the full list of scholarships here.  Online scholarship application here.

Program Partnerships

CONNECTING FAMILIES

DEF partners with City Schools of Decatur to provide laptops and training for families in order to close the digital divide and ensure that all families can support student learning at home.

MARY MILLER DECATUR YOUTH FUND

DEF partners with City of Decatur to administer the Mary Miller Decatur Youth Fund, which provides scholarships to help children and youth participate in after-school programs, summer school, summer camps and other enrichment opportunities.

opportunity partnership

DEF has partnered with the Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) to establish a mentoring program that pairs third graders from the DHA community with adult volunteers.  The goal of the program is to close the opportunity gap which results in some students having fewer opportunities during their formative years. Mentors will help connect their students connect with educational and enrichment opportunities so they can explore their interests, find their passions, and develop useful life skills. For more information, click here.

Partnership for Career achievement

The Partnership for Career Achievement (PCA) is a joint effort between DEF and Decatur High School to help students who are interested in vocational/trade programs to gain the training necessary to provide them with solid job prospects. The program pairs each student with a community advocate who will help the student navigate through their senior year and subsequent training programs.  Seniors who successfully complete the program requirements will be eligible for scholarship awards to cover the cost of their chosen training program as well as associated costs. For more information, click here.

REACH SCHOLARSHIP

DEF partners with City Schools of Decatur as the funding partner for REACH GA – a state-wide, needs-based mentorship and scholarship program, which opens the door to post-secondary opportunities for Georgia’s academically promising students.

ROBOTICS

DEF acts as the fiscal agent for the Decatur High Robotics teams and also provides support to teams at Renfroe and the 4/5 Academy.

Sponsorships

DEF SPONSORSHIP OF DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL FIELD TRIPS

DEF is a proud sponsor of the children’s programming of the Decatur Book Festival, which allows students at all grade levels to interact with authors, illustrators or storytellers on the Friday before the festival opens to the public.

ON THE SAME PAGE

DEF sponsors this city-wide reading program, which increases access to reading materials for participating children across the Decatur community.