On May 3rd, Essex County Community Foundation awarded 71 grants totaling over $265,000 to public school classrooms in Lynn, Beverly, Salem, Nahant and Swampscott. Grants will fund the latest in educational technology, equipment, books and curriculum development. View complete list of grant awards.
ECCF’s Hardscrabble Education Fund was established in 2001 by a North Shore philanthropist to promote and support academic achievement in the public school system by issuing grants to individual public schools or districts primarily in the fields of English, Mathematics and Science.
The Fund has now invested over $1 million to public schools in Salem, Lynn, Beverly, Marblehead, Swampscott and Nahant. Proposals from teachers and administrators from the elementary, middle and high schools from the six towns are reviewed by a committee at The Community Foundation every April and grants are awarded to the schools in May to enable funded programs and technology to be installed for the school year beginning in September. This year’s awards focused heavily on Lynn schools which submitted the most and strongest proposals.