BVEF School Grant Programs
School districts with full membership in the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation are invited to encourage their teachers, counselors, and administration to annually submit proposals for funding under one of four grant programs provided.
The BVEF School Grant Program is made possible by contributions from local businesses that have a strong commitment to local education and to the mission of the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation. Without their support, these grants would not be possible.
Grant Selection and Process
Applications for the 2021-2022 School Grants will be available February 15, 2021.
The BVEF School Grants Program encourages, supports, and enables creative educational initiatives that will strengthen learning and build community school-wide. A cornerstone of the School Grant program is its dedication to supporting initiatives that have been identified and develop a collaborative process that involves a school’s entire professional community and that have the demonstrable support of College and Career Readiness.
Previous Grants Awarded
The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation awards grants that support member school districts and the development of 21st century work and learning skills among our students. We recognize and thank the many businesses and individuals who continue to contribute to the foundation and enable these grants.
UniBank Enrichment Grant
Grafton High School
$996 VEX Robotics in the Library
Students will participate in either a VEX Robotics club or enroll in an independent study where they will learn how to code, build, and problem solve.
Hopedale Memorial Elementary School
$960 Self is STEAM: Trailblazing Women in STEM History; Book Discussion Groups
With the purchase of multiple copies of books and STEM journals, a library will be created that spotlights women in past and current history in education, business, health and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Female students in 5th and 6thgrades will participate in teacher facilitated weekly book discussion groups at school during the school year and at Bancroft Library during the summer months. Students will keep a weekly written reflection journal and extend their learning by interviewing female practitioners throughout the school year.
Founded in 1870, UniBank has served the financial needs of the Greater Blackstone Valley and Beyond for nearly 150 years. UniBank contributes to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves by providing a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank employees pride themselves on their strong commitment to the local community and are frequently visible in a wide variety of volunteer services. Visit www.unibank.com/ for more information.
The intent of the UniBank Enrichment Grant is to encourage creative learning experiences for students that extend beyond the traditional classroom. Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to:
• Field trips to explore careers
• Field trips to enhance cultural experiences
• Bringing learning programs and events into the school for the benefit of groups of students.
Award Amounts: up to $2,000
To apply, click here.
Blackstone Millville- Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School
$1,000 Ozobots on the Loose, Sixth Grade Science
Ozobots are programmable robots that will be used to teach students various levels of coding. Students will use Ozobots in collaborative teams to help their robot achieve increasingly challenging missions.
$2,000 High Efficiency Inverted Heat Pump System
Students will learn how to install, service, and troubleshoot a heat pump system that uses emerging technology. This experiential learning in conjunction with updating curriculum, will prepare them for direct entry into the local and regional workforce.
Douglas High School
$2,000 Implementation of an Introduction to Robotics Course
With the purchase of robotics kits, the addition of a robotics course will be offered. Students will develop coding and engineering skills, strengthen problem-solving capabilities, work collaboratively, and think critically and creatively.
The printer purchased will be a building block in the development of a makerspace at Milford High School. Through project based learning, students will use this space and equipment to aid in demonstrating planning and implementation of their ideas. With a focus on career readiness, students will gain skills necessary for future employment opportunities.
Lampin Corporation, located in Uxbridge, is a 100% employee owned company that engineers and produces precision-machined components included spur gears and mechanical assemblies. Lampin employee owners have a strong commitment to the local community. Visit www.Lampin.com for more information.
• Lampin grants will be awarded to substantial and innovative programs which connect schools and communities.
• Proposals with an emphasis on STEM will be given priority.
• Requests that strive for matching or additional funds from their local or other foundations or from other school initiatives that build capacity.
•Award Amounts: up to $2,000
To apply, click here.
BVCC Community Education & Transportation Grants
Millbury Jr-Sr High School
$388 Cycles of Matter: Upper Blackstone Water Pollution Abatement District
After visiting the wastewater treatment plant, seventh grade students will compare traditional wastewater treatment to the water reuse process used in areas where water is scarce.
W. Edward Balmer Elementary School
$500 A Home for Everyone
Students will visit Southwick’s Zoo to learn about animal enclosures. Zookeepers will talk with students about what an animal needs in its enclosure and how to care for the animals. In the classroom, students will work in groups to research an animal’s habitat and design a prototype or model of the enclosure. A Southwick’s Zoo employee will either visit or Skype to offer students feedback on their design.
Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional High School
$500 Hasbro, Inc
Students are pursuing a career in art/design will meet the working creative team at Hasbro, Inc. to learn about possible career opportunities. Students will go on a tour of the facility and have an opportunity to participate in a question/answer session. There may be potential co-op opportunities or internships for students.
Milford High School
$500 Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops
Students will visit Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops to learn about a wide range of career opportunities from sales to labor. They will then produce business proposals.
Part of the mission of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership, support and resources in connection with issues which impact commerce and the quality of life in the Valley. In partnership with the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation, supporting comprehensive opportunities that allow Blackstone Valley students to learn about future possible future career paths is one way we achieve this goal. Visit www.blackstonevalley.org/ for more information.
•We encourage proposals by the annual application deadline, but they are not required as this grant does have rolling acceptance.
•Award Amounts: up to $500
To apply, click here.
BVEF Innovative Academic Grants
Blackstone Millville Regional High School
$1,000 Dark Heat Transfer Printer for Graphic Design Department
With the purchase of a dark heat transfer printer, students will have opportunities to take part in self-motivated projects that will help them explore their interests in STEM career opportunities.
The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation awards grant proposals that best articulate a plan that includes ONE or more of the following:
• Connection between academic preparation and career readiness.
• Collaboration with schools, businesses, and community.
• Catalyst for career, employability, or skill development.
• Provide career awareness for grades Pre-K through 12th grade.
• Sustains or strengthens career readiness initiatives.
• Award Amounts: up to $1,000
To apply, click here.