How long has SEF been in Salem?

A group of Salem residents established SEF in 1994 as an independent, nonprofit organization to provide private, financial support in an effort to support creativity and innovation in our public schools.

What is the main purpose of SEF?

Our mission is to provide funding for projects that further educational experiences in science, mathematics, the arts and humanities. Such projects go beyond the scope of those funded by the Salem Public School Department. The Foundation works in partnership with the business community, local museums, the National Park Service, Salem State University and the larger community to make schools a true community enterprise. The Foundation also promotes and coordinates community volunteerism and participation in the schools. The Foundation has an interest in funding projects that help students develop their talents according to their needs and interests, foster lifelong learning and effective citizenship, and create an environment in which to pursue and achieve excellence.SEF funds local initiatives that improve educational quality and student achievement.  This includes grants to support teachers, Principals/APs, and district administration.  Grants are awarded to support programs that are designed and proven to: ● improve student achievement, ● promote effective teaching, and ● improve systems and structures in Salem public schools.

What does SEF fund through the grants program?

The Foundation seeks to fund initiatives that improve educational quality and student achievement through grants to teachers, principals/assistant principals and to the district, supporting programs and initiatives designed to improve student achievement, promote effective teaching, and improve systems and structures in public schools in Salem.

Which schools benefit from SEF grants?

All Salem public schools, including Salem Academy Charter School, are eligible to apply for grants.

How are grants awarded?

On­line grant applications are available on an annual basis to teachers, administrators, and interested community members. Each grant proposal is evaluated by the Foundation’s Grants Committee through a blind review process. The committee is comprised of Board Members and volunteers from the community, not directly connected to the public schools.

How does SEF hope to grow?

Through increasing public and private involvement in our public schools, coupled with collaborating the district and Salem Academy, SEF will expand its awards of grants to best advance quality educational programs.

How can you help?

SEF offers many opportunities for community involvement including board membership, committee participation, volunteering at one of our many fundraising events, financial and material donations, participating in the grant writing process and other options. There are three specific opportunities through which you can help: ■ SEF Fund to Improve Educational Quality & Student Achievement Partner with SEF to provide grants to teachers, principals/assistant principals and to the district to support programs and initiatives designed to improve student achievement, promote effective teaching, and improve systems and structures in public schools in Salem. ■ SEF Community in Action Fund Partner with SEF to sponsor broad based community engagement advancing academic achievement in public education. ■ SEF Sustaining Fund Partner with SEF to help support SEF’s capacity to continue the work of the Salem Education Foundation.

How can I contact SEF?

Please get in touch by visiting our contact page.