Students In Need

Blaine County Education Foundation supports students who can’t afford to participate in school and/or after school activities.

School Meals

Beginning in 2022, the generosity of donors like you enabled BCEF to extend free meals to students in need. Many households in Blaine County are above the federal guidelines for free and reduced school meal prices, yet struggle with food insecurity due to socio-economic factors. These guidelines exclude all families earning more than $39,000 yearly. Your recurring or one-time donation to BCEF can help us continue this program for years to come.

School Meals Timeline

  • 2021- The federal government provides universal free meals for all enrolled students during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 2022/2023- The federal government program ends funding for free school
    meals. The BCEF makes an initial three year $250,000 commitment to provide expanded free meals. The BCEF pays school lunch debt for students with negative accounts and provides expanded free meals to 583 students across the district. This is nearly one in five students enrolled in Blaine County School District.
  • 2023/2024- BCSD and BCEF work to increase awareness of the School Meals program through communication with parents. The Hunger Coalition partners with BCEF through a generous $50,000 grant.The BCEF continues to raise awareness and support by engaging community partners and private donors who understand this fundamental need.

Please join our campaign to ensure every student in need has access to
school meals!

Can Do Fund

The Can Do Fund ensures that all students have the same opportunities regardless of financial barriers. Few people realize that nearly 36% (over 1,240 students) of Blaine County School District’s students are on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program, meaning their families struggle to meet basic needs. Recommendations for students to receive benefits from the Can Do Fund come from social workers, counselors, principals, and teachers. The Can Do Fund is used to support any academic need students have ranging from instrument repair for an aspiring musician or health insurance to participate in school sports.

Back to School Program

In its first year, Blaine County Education Foundation collaborated with The Advocates and Kiwanis Club for a Back to School Campaign. The 2015-2016 Back to School Campaign provided 150 backpacks to students in need. In 2022 volunteers helped us fill backpacks for over 300 students in need. An additional 100 backpacks were distributed to students in need who moved to our district during the school year. A backpack of school supplies provides an economically disadvantaged student with the same opportunities as their peers. BCEF works with social workers and schools prior to school ending to raise awareness of the backpack program. Applications can be completed on our website. Hard copies are available at the Community Campus.

Innovative Grants

The Blaine County Education Foundation awards Innovative Grants to BCSD teachers, staff and students to encourage collaboration and inspire student learning. All grants should support the mission of BCEF, which is to promote academic excellence, equitable education and a healthy and sustainable student environment. Grants of up to 1000 must be approved by your building administrator. Grants of over 1000 must be approved by superintendent or designee. The policy and approval form is attached below.

Applications must be submitted through the online application form on the BCEF website.

Teacher Grants

Teacher Grants are for classroom enrichment materials to enhance student learning. A maximum of $1,000 can be awarded to a single teacher, or teachers and administrators can work collaboratively to combine amounts for larger requests. Applications for the 1st grant cycle are due September 30th. Applications for the 2nd grant cycle are due February 15th.

If you are awarded a grant, please submit End of Grant Report online
form by January 1st (Fall Cycle) May 1st (Spring Cycle)

School-Wide Grants

School-wide Grants are large-impact, collaborative grants to a school or across multiple schools, and provide opportunities for students beyond what the district offers. A maximum of $5,000 can be awarded. Applications for the 1st grant cycle are due September 30th. Applications for the 2nd grant cycle are due February 15th. Applicants should demonstrate an effort to engage community resources, in addition to BCEF, to carry out the proposed activities (for example, local businesses and/or non-profit organizations).

If you are awarded a grant, please submit End of Grant Report online
form by January 1st (Fall Cycle) May 1st (Spring Cycle)