About the Foundation
Incorporated in 2001 as a non-profit 501(c)3 Georgia Corporation, the foundation seeks to expand both dollars and capabilities for education in Fayette. Programs funded by the foundation supplement the existing curriculum and are supported through monetary donations and contributions. The foundation is a cooperative effort of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and Fayette County Public Schools.
The Foundation's Mission
The Fayette County Education Foundation exists to provide monetary assistance to teachers and administrators of Fayette County Public Schools who seek to supplement the current curriculum with innovative programs where no other source of funding for such programs may exist.
- Strong schools make strong communities.
- Education is a partnership among students, parents, school and community.
- Community involvement is essential in building and maintaining excellent schools.
- Every community member has a vested interest and responsibility to help grow and nurture today’s students who will become tomorrow’s leaders.
Mini-Grants and Scholarships
The foundation awarded its first mini-grants Spring 2002. Since that inaugural year, hundreds of creative teachers and administrators have implemented innovative classroom projects and programs that otherwise would not have received funding due to budget constraints. These projects and programs provide fun and unique learning experiences that help reinforce the curriculum objectives of Fayette County Public Schools.
The foundation awarded its first education scholarships Spring 2005. Scholarships are designated for employees who are enrolled in an accredited college or university and are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education.
Mini-grants and scholarships are awarded through a competitive application process. There are specific standards and a timeline that must be met by the recipient. Mini-grant awardees must submit a written report describing how the funded program enhanced classroom learning. Scholarship recipients must submit proof of successful course completion. Both mini-grants and scholarships are awarded in the spring of the year. Click here for information about the mini-grant process.
The foundation’s board of directors is responsible for overseeing the functions of the organization and ensuring that it operates within the approved governing bylaws. The board comprised of business leaders, community members, teachers, school board members and school system administrators oversee the operation of the foundation. The board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:45am at the Fayette County Board of Education. Since board members are volunteers, the foundation has very little overhead resulting in approximately 90 percent of every dollar donated going directly toward funding mini-grants and scholarships. We encourage you to join us in our efforts and hope you will become involved with our mission. All donations made to the foundation are tax deductible.