NJEA Hipp Foundation

NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education announces more than $99,000 in grants

Published: Sept. 1, 2015

Teachers throughout New Jersey will bring their creative ideas to life thanks to financial support from NJEA. The NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education has awarded another 17 grants totaling $99,755 to public school educators.

Established in 1993, the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education is dedicated to supporting projects that will enhance and improve the learning environment in our public schools. Since its creation, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in support of 342 innovative educational projects that represent a bold, fresh approach by public school employees.


Connecting through CLUBs ($999 grant)
Christine Pollinger, Project Coordinator
Pascack Valley Regional School District | Park Academy Middle School
School Phone: 201-358-4000, ext. 4315

The Musical Brush: Emotion in Art and Music ($9,801 grant)
Jaime Valente, Project Coordinator
Teaneck Community Charter School
School Phone: 201-833-9600


Project Wild ($4,780 grant)
Janene K. Onyango, Project Coordinator
Willingboro School District | Twin Hills Elementary School
School Phone: 609-835-8980


Oyster Farming – A Lesson in Restoring New Jersey’s Natural Filters ($4,600 grant)
Chuck Gehman, Project Coordinator
Middle Township School District | Middle Township High School
School Phone: 609-465-1852


Grow, Eat, Learn: A School Garden Project ($1,453 grant)
Jaime Chavkin, Project Coordinator
Fairfield School District | Stevenson School
School Phone: 973-227-2120


CLIPS TRIPS – Citizenship Leads Into Personal Success II ($8,080 continuation grant)
Lisa Brodack, Project Coordinator
Clayton School District | Clayton Middle School
School Phone: 856-881-8700

Books LIVE! Booktalks that demonstrate the ‘excitement, wonder, heartbreak, hilarity, and insight of reading’ ($949 grant)
Elizabeth Campbell, Project Coordinator
Washington Township School District | Chestnut Ridge Middle School
School Phone: 856-582-3535

Not the Turnpike, Not the Parkway, ART CONNECTS Jersey Kids and Cultures ($1,865 grant)
Jeff Hull, Project Coordinator
Washington Township School District | Chestnut Ridge Middle School
School Phone: 856-582-3535


The Outdoor Learnscape ($5,000 grant)
Rachel Pasichow, Project Coordinator
Highland Park School District | Bartle Elementary School
School Phone: 732-572-4100, ext. 2606


From Classroom to Community: Empowering Students through Fieldwork, Service and Financial Literacy ($10,000 grant)
Jessica Shackil, Project Coordinator
Riverdale School District | Riverdale Public School
School Phone: 973-839-1300, ext. 118

Project S.C.I.E.N.C.E. II: From Playdough to Plato ($9,375 continuation grant)
Amanda Miranda, Project Coordinator
Washington Township School District | Benedict A. Cucinella School
School Phone: 908-850-3161, ext. 7016


The Roots Project ($10,000 grant)
Rita R. Williams, Project Coordinator
Plumsted Township School District | Dr. Gerald H. Woehr Elementary School
School Phone: 609-758-6800, ext. 3615


Boxes for Birds, Bats and Bees ($7,673 continuation grant)
Coleen Weiss-Magasic, Project Coordinator
West Milford Township School District | West Milford Township High School
School Phone: 973-697-1701


Bridging Generations II ($10,000 continuation grant)
Katrina Macht, Project Coordinator
Bridgewater-Raritan School District | Hillside Intermediate School
School Phone: 908-231-1905, ext. 220


Front Stage ($5,000 grant)
Danielle M. Kovach, Project Coordinator
Hopatcong School District | Tulsa Trail Elementary School
School Phone: 973-398-8806

B-Alive: Building Adaptive Life Skills through Inclusive Vocational, Academic and Social Experiences ($7,680 grant)
Maureen Riva, Project Coordinator
Stillwater School District | Stillwater Township School
School Phone: 973-383-6171


DONATE: Donate Organs Now Awareness Team for Education ($2,500 grant)
Amanda Best, Project Coordinator
Warren Hills Regional School District | Warren Hills Middle School
School Phone: 908-689-0750, ext. 2045

For details about the grants, please contact the Project Coordinators directly.

For general information about the Hipp Foundation, please contact NJEA Communications at (609) 599-4561, or send an email.

Grant opportunities for NJ public school employees

If you have an idea and you're excited to get started, first check out what makes a project successful from the Foundation's Current and Past Grant Recipients. Each project contains contact information for the Grant Coordinator whose involvement with the project spanned inception to completion. These Coordinators walked the walk and want to help guide newcomers to successfully navigate the application process and provide guidance and support. Don't hesitate to reach out to them.


The Hipp Application was updated in October 2014. Please be sure to follow the instructions and download the latest version of the application to apply for your grant!

As you read through the project descriptions, it's obvious that New Jersey's public school employees are among the most creative and dedicated in the nation. Each day our classrooms are alive with new, exciting, creative, innovative projects.

The NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education makes it possible for public school employees to receive grants that will help them bring creative ideas to life.

The only foundation of its kind in New Jersey, the Hipp Foundation supports initiatives to promote excellence in education. More than $1.6 million in grants for innovative educational projects that represent a bold, fresh approach by public school employees has already been awarded. Apply for a Hipp grant and bring your innovative ideas to life.

Classroom Close-up, NJ captures Hipp grant projects

Grant application process

  • Applications will be accepted by mail with a postmark date no later than March 1 of each year.
  • We encourage you to read the section on Tips for Applying before you complete the application.
  • Please use the most current form of the Hipp Grant Application found here. The application may be revised on occasion, so it is important that you download and complete the most recent form.

Special instructions for continuation grant applicants

  • A current grant recipient may apply for a continuation grant to fund their project for one additional year.
  • An applicant requesting a continuation grant will need to provide feedback on the status of the current grant and the potential for continued success in an additional section of the grant application.
  • The continuation grant applications are reviewed along with new applications.
  • Funding is not guaranteed.


Contact us at hippfoundation@njea.org.

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