The Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Foundation logoThe foundation offers grants for classroom teachers (all levels, all disciplines), post-secondary faculty, education support professionals and nonprofit organizations that share our goals. The scholarship is offered for licensed teachers obtaining Nation Board Certification.

Watch our video to learn more about the foundation, and view our list of previous grant recipients.

2016-17 grant and scholarships and deadlines

There are three options to submit an application:


  • Download and print the PDF, fill it out and mail it to:

Education Minnesota Foundation
Attn: Dayonna Knutson
41 Sherburne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103


  • Fill out the online application below to submit electronically.

Questions? Contact the foundation at

Professional Development Grants:

Classroom-Focused Grants:

Nonprofit Grants:

  • Affinity – Nov. 1, 2016 and April 3, 2017 – PDF or online application
  • IMPACT – Jan. 13, 2017 – PDF or online application



  • Active dues-paying members of Education Minnesota (fair share feepayers are ineligible)
  • Members who did not request a refund of the $5 assessment for the Education Minnesota Foundation


The Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was established in 1992 as the MEA Children’s Fund. It is affiliated with Education Minnesota, but functions independently as a nonprofit corporation.

It is funded through Education Minnesota members and donations from individuals and organizations that believe in the mission of the foundation, supporting initiatives by Education Minnesota members, and promoting access for learners and excellence in teaching in Minnesota.

The decisions about funding and management of the foundation rest with a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is made up of eight K-12 teachers, one higher education representative, one ESP, one at-large member and the officers of Education Minnesota.

The Foundation director carries out the board’s management decisions and day-to-day operations with the assistance of a support staff person.

Contact information

Foundation Director Dayonna Knutson, 651-292-4834
Foundation Assistant Sam Jasenosky, 651-292-4869

Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
41 Sherburne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103
Fax: 651-292-4801