Clifton Education Foundation Grants Available for 2022-2023 School Year
Introduction: The Clifton Education Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1998 as a non-profit community organization independent of the Clifton Board of Education. Our purpose is to further the educational goals of the Clifton Public Schools through the funding of creative programs and special projects that cannot be supported through the regular district budget. We are announcing the availability of grants of up to $500 for the 2022-2023 school year. The number of grants awarded will depend upon the success of our upcoming fundraisers.
Who May Apply For These Grants?: District staff (teachers, administrators, and other members of the staff), student groups, and parent groups (i.e., PTOs, HSAs).
Examples Of Projects Considered For Fundraising: Math and Science Projects; World Language or Multicultural Programs; Environmental Studies; Art, Theater, Music or Literature Programs; Technology Projects; and Problem-Solving/Critical Thinking Activities. Other creative and innovative types of projects not listed here will also be considered for funding.
How Will Proposals Be Evaluated?: All applications will be reviewed by a committee from our Board of Trustees, which will evaluate the proposal on its originality and creativity, as well as an explanation of how, through its goals and objectives, the project will benefit Clifton students.
How To Apply: Applications are available in the offices of all building principals and online on the district's website under Our District-Community Menu or the Clifton Education Foundation website. Complete the application and return it, along with two copies, by mail to:
Grant Applications Committee, Clifton Education Foundation, Inc.,
P.O. Box 2071
Clifton, NJ 07015
All applications must be postmarked by Friday, September 16, 2022. Late applications will not be considered. Applicants will receive notice, in writing, of the status of their applications by Monday, October 3, 2022.
Required signatures: Elementary, middle school and high school staff members must obtain the signature of their building principal and subject supervisor. Clubs only need the approval of the building principal. Principals must obtain the signature of the Assistant Superintendent. Student groups must obtain the signature of their building principal and faculty advisor. Parent organizations need the approval of their building principal. Any staff member submitting a grant involving computer technology (not including equipment) must obtain the authorization of the Coordinator of Instructional Technology. If these guidelines are not followed, your grant will be rejected.
Summary Report: Grant awardees will be required to submit a summary report on their project to the Clifton Education Foundation, Inc. by Friday, June 2, 2023. For further information about the grants program, call Loretta Ahmad at 973-919-0118 (cell).
The Clifton Education Foundation is pleased to announce they have become the administrators for the Daniel Listmeier Memorial Scholarships. The scholarships, available to two students in the Clifton High School ASPIRE program, honor Mr. Listmeier’s commitment to the students the program serves.
Danny, a former custodian in the Clifton High School Annex, was deeply invested in mentoring at-risk youth, providing guidance, friendship and often financial support. The scholarships, established and funded by his parents Lani and Jerry Pollastro after Danny’s untimely death, honor his kind and generous spirit, leaving behind a legacy not soon forgotten.
Danny’s family is deeply rooted in our school community. His mother Lani and aunt, Cathy Burke were long time teachers in the district, where his cousin Erin Burke-Saba continues to serve. Danny followed in his dad Jerry’s footsteps, who was also a beloved former custodian, as well as a mason and glazier.
We thank the Pollastro family for the honor of allowing the CEF to help keep Danny’s commitment to the students he loved alive in Clifton schools. Those wishing to contribute to the scholarships may do so by sending a check payable to Clifton Education Foundation, P. O. Box 2071, Clifton, NJ 07015. Please add a note that your donation should support the scholarship. All donations are tax deductible.
Daniel Listmeier Memorial Scholarship Requirements
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
• Must be in Grade 12
• Graduating from Clifton High School
• Earn a minimum 2.7 GPA
• Must have attended the ASPIRE Program for at least one full year.
• Must have exited ASPIRE in good standing.
• Plan to enroll in an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree program at an accredited institution of higher learning or a Technical School in the fall directly after graduating from high school.
Two $500 scholarships will be awarded annually to two ASPIRE students who have demonstrated a desire and commitment to overcome obstacles to achieve their goals.
Students will be evaluated based on:
• Individual determination to succeed
• Future goals and plans to achieve them
• The support of the ASPIRE Program faculty and administration
All ASPIRE students who meet the above criteria will be eligible for consideration. There is no need to apply. Two students will be selected by a committee determined by the ASPIRE program coordinator.