Fall 2022 Update

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Dear current and former grantees!

We hope you will enjoy learning about the latest FEF news. We look forward to hearing about your projects and receiving applications for future ones! Please forward this Update to any colleagues who may not yet know about us.

FEF Board of Directors

Introducing FEF's 2022-23

Project Grant Awardees

FEF awarded grants to 49 teachers for the 2022-23 academic year: 

  • 32 projects funded: 17 new and 15 continuing projects
  • $127,366 in donations were granted.
  • Grants ranged from $350 to $14,500.
  • Four grants awarded to first time grantees.
  • Three projects were multi-school projects; four were for staff development.   
  • Grants were spread over a wide range of disciplines, with the sciences having the most awards and the arts next.

To see the list of grantees and their projects, click here.

We are so excited to see these grants unfold over the coming months. Liaisons from the FEF Program Committee will be in contact with each grantee this fall and look forward to visiting their projects. Questions about your grant? Email Program Committee Chair Denise Mackerron or FEF Organizational Manager Meghan Holcomb.

What's New at FEF?

New President!  New Logo! 

Introducing Ellen Hewett

FEF 's new President is Ellen Hewett, seen here with her beloved Sophie. Ellen is a seasoned educator (and dog lover) who has served on the FEF Board for ten years. She has been a vital member of every Board Committee, with special focus on governance and policy. With a long career of leadership in adult education at Springfield College and for World Education, an international nonprofit, and as a consultant to many higher education institutions, Ellen has consistently guided FEF to expand in new directions. Ellen succeeds long time Falmouth educator and mediator Alan Jacobs.

New Logo

With this fall grantee update, FEF introduces its new logo! We hope it communicates the vibrancy and focus on growth that are such important parts of who we are and what we do.

Teacher Opportunity Mini Grants

Already this fall over 50 mini-grants have been awarded to teachers at every Falmouth public school.

Chris Archer, ceramic artist from New Hampshire, met with Corine Adam's ceramic students to demonstrate how to anchor one's posture to make centering clay on the potters wheel more successful and how to change the form of wheel thrown vessels. And students appraise the results!

For those who have received grants, remember to submit your receipts for your grant and complete a brief report. Mini-grants, up to $350, are available through May for unanticipated educational opportunities. You may receive up to three grants a year.

The following link takes you to applications for these grants and for Ellen Barol Student Impact Mini Grants: Mini Grant Applications

Coming Up

The annual Project Grant Workshop will be held on-line this year, on January 26, 2023. Review the steps for applying for a new or continuing project grant while earning PDPs. You will receive an email in December with more details. Applications for project grants will be on-line beginning in December. There is no limit on the number of applications or the amount. Deadline is April 1, 2023.


Save the date for the FEF 2023 Gala, to be held on March 18 at the Coonamessett Inn. This year FEF will be honoring Barbara and Gary Schneider, long time community supporters. 

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