Jackson County Education Foundation
The Jackson County Education Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was formed in 2013 to allow Jackson County to participate in the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program. The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations provides the 67 counties of Florida with funds in the form of challenge grants to assist with programs that serve low-performing students, technical career education, literacy initiatives, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education initiatives, increased teacher quality and/or increased graduation rates. These funds are based on student enrollment in grades Pre-K - 12. To access the funds provided through this program the local foundation must match every dollar it accesses. The Jackson County Education Foundation relies on membership, donors, and fundraisers to meet this requirement.
Once the funds are raised and the matching grant in place, teachers have the opportunity to apply for Foundation funds through a simple mini grant application that is reviewed by a committee. A variety of equipment and materials have been approved over the years with the grants specifying how these will be used by students to maximize classroom learning in Pre-K - 12 classrooms, as well as Adult with Disabilities and Adult Education Programs. For the 2022-2023 school year, the foundation awarded over 39 classroom grants and 7 school grants, providing over $43,000 in grants directly to Jackson County Schools.
If you are interested in joining or supporting the Jackson County Education Foundation, please contact Charlotte Gardner (JCEF Board Chairperson) at 850-718-3834, Joelle Roberts (JCEF Vice-Chairperson) at 850-557-0120, or Amy Cox (JCEF Executive Director) at 850-272-2269.