Creativity. Imagination. Pandas.

What do pandas, the solar system, wireless microphones, a book vending machine and an original play have in common?

They are all innovative projects and field trips that opened a world of opportunity for Vandalia-Butler students, and they were all funded through the VISIONS: An Eye for the Future Fund and its auxiliary education funds.

The Vandalia-Butler Foundation Education Fund Advisory Committee, chaired by trustee Denise Eder, raises funds from businesses, individuals, families and educators and accepts grant applications annually from the district’s classroom teachers from Oct. 1-Dec. 15. Grants are awarded in February. Scroll down for the application. It’s easy to apply!

Projects funded expand classroom experiences beyond the narrow boundaries of the district’s budget. Since 2002, more than $260,000  has been granted or committed to support learning opportunities that have a lasting impact on thousands of children.

Our Educational Funds

An Eye for the Future Fund

Vandalia-Butler City Schools and interested citizens established this fund to promote the quality of education in Vandalia-Butler City Schools. The endowment fund supports new ideas in education, district initiatives, student scholarships and training for teachers and administrators. Help us build this fund.

Arts Revitalizing Team
(a.k.a. A.R.T.) Fund (2001)

Established by Margo Thomas Steinbaugh and supported by the Vandalia-Butler community, this fund provides resources to expand the educational experiences of Vandalia-Butler students who are involved in the performing arts. Help us build this fund.

Mary Ann Wietzel
“What’s in It for the Kids?” Fund (2000)

This fund supports innovative programs and activities to engage Helke Elementary School children in their learning through authentic, hands-on experiences.  Friends and family established this fund in memory of Mary Ann Wietzel, a longtime Vandalia-Butler educator and former principal of Helke, so that her creativity and can-do spirit could live on. Help us build this fund.

Apply for Grants

We invite classroom teachers to apply for grants for innovative initiatives that will help students soar. It’s easy! Questions? Email us.

Grant application procedure

Grant application

Read about our most recent grants