Mountainside Education Foundation

  • Who is the Mountainside Education Foundation (MEF)?

    The Mountainside Education Foundation is comprised of a group of local residents and several organizations. The MEF is an incorporated, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that funds grants that enhance the academic development of our students. As the MEF celebrates its tenth anniversary, it continues to operate as an independent entity led by a volunteer Board with the support of parents/guardians, the community, and district staff members.

    Why is a Foundation needed?

    Reductions in federal and state aid coupled with local budget cuts directly impact spending in our schools. Funds are needed to help our school district remain highly competitive by offering our children additional enrichment opportunities.

    What type of projects will be funded?

    The MEF seeks to fund projects that support the enrichment of the current curricula. Innovative academic or extracurricular programs involve the community and often engage outside experts who will enhance such projects both during class and in after-school clubs. 

    Mountainside Education Foundation Grants 2015 – 2016




    Raz Kids



    Brain Pop, JR.



    IMAX at Liberty Science Center



    STEAM Museum






    Brain Pop



    Sky Dome Planetarium



    Author Visit



    Reading Rocks Magic Show



    Music in the Parks


    Band and Chorus Members

    Liberty Science Center - Energy Program



    Broadway Experience



    Blankets for Babies



    Author’s Day



    Aquaponics Garden



    Hoboken Scavenger Hunt


    Deerfield Student Council

    Who can apply for grants?

    Any member of the Mountainside community with an idea whose purpose is to enrich the learning experience of our students can apply. This includes members of the administrative team, teachers, parents, students, and community members.

    Grant Application Form and Packet

    Grant Renewal Letter


    How are grants awarded?

    The grant application can be downloaded . Grant applications are also available in the MEF mailboxes at Beechwood and Deerfield. Proposals are reviewed by the Chief School Administrator prior to being forwarded to the MEF Grant Review Committee and prior to being approved by the MEF Board of Trustees.

    How can I help?

    The MEF seeks your support through attendance at our fundraisers, participation in our teacher/support staff member appreciation program , or individual and/or corporate tax-deductible donations. The MEF qualifies for certain matching grants programs offered by many corporations. 

    We rely on volunteer support in order to achieve our goals. To receive information about school year events or to volunteer, please contact one of our Board members or send a note to one of the MEF mailboxes.


    2016 - 2017 Board of Trustees
    President - Erin Kraven
    Vice President - Karen Dillon
    Treasurer - Monica Lalani
    Secretary - Adrienne Matejek
    Tracy Brown 
    Amanda Galm
    Wendy Fech - Cacao
    Victoria Gioioso
    Carolyn Klimas
    Kim Lisnock - O'Donnell
    Donna Marchese
    Kerri Proper
    Elisa Roland