November 3rd, 2017


Return Applications to:

Best Bet Committee
PO Box 233
Peabody, MA 01960

As the new school year kicks into high gear, the Peabody Education Foundation once again encourages Peabody’s teachers to apply for Best Bet grants, which fund resources, materials, and programs that the school budget cannot accommodate.

Click the button below to fill out and print the Best Bet 2017 application. The deadline for applications is November 3, 2017, and grant recipients will be announced in early December.

Any questions can be directed to Katrina Gravel:

We are no longer accepting applications for this year’s Best Bet program.


Best Bet Application Guidelines
  • One application per teacher, please.
  •  Applications must be filled out completely to be considered. Applications that are missing information, including signatures, will not be returned to you for additional information and will not be reviewed by the committee.
  •  Please provide complete financial information for your projects in your application, including the total cost of your project plus any estimated shipping and handling charges.
  •  It is very important to provide the vendor taxpayer identification number and address on your application. Please check with your principal if you need assistance.
  •  Please provide a detailed description of your program so that the committee can easily understand and evaluate your proposal. 
  • Applications are evaluated on a 5-point scale in three categories: innovation, educational objective, and financial impact.
  •  Be creative! The committee welcomes new and innovative ideas and proposals.
  •  If you have applied in the past and have been turned down, don’t give up!
  •  If you have never applied before, now is your chance! Best Bet grants vary in the amount of the award and the type of project funded. Speak with other teachers who have received Best Bet grants for tips and ideas.
Important information regarding the Best Bet grants:
  • The Peabody Education Foundation does not fund equipment or transportation. Please do not include these costs in your application.
  •  Please note that the Best Bet program is intended to fund programs for the benefit of students, not teachers or parents. Unfortunately, we cannot cover the cost of field trips or performance admission for teachers or parents.
  •  All Best Bet grants are intended for use during the school year in which they are awarded. Please plan accordingly when applying for a grant.
  •  Best Bet funding should be applied to the grant for which it was originally intended. Any changes to the original application must be reviewed and approved by the Best Bet Committee. Failure to notify the Committee to any changes may result in loss of funding.
  •  If a grant is awarded, it is the responsibility of the teacher to work with vendors or performers to obtain all necessary paperwork, such as invoices and receipts, and deliver the paperwork to the Best Bet Committee in a timely fashion so that the funding can be issued. While we are happy to address any questions or concerns from the teacher, the Best Bet Committee and/or Peabody Education Foundation do not work directly with vendors or performers

Check out previously awarded Best Bet Grants 

2016 Awarded Best Bet Grants

MICCA Concert Festival

Girl Power

Peabody Essex Museum: American/Salem Collections

New England Aquarium Field Trip

Study Buddies – Fairy Tale Friends

Think Social with Social Thinking and Brain Gym

Fine & Gross Motor Materials

Macaroni Soup! Active Music for Kids

Higgins Helping Hawks Student Mentoring Program

No Bullying: Stand Up, Step In

Transitional Partners Program

Wiggles and Giggles

Social Thinking

Higgins Library Expands Hour of Code Activities with Sphero Spark Robots


Yoko Kawashima Watkins Presentation

Music for the Mind

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Sound Waves by Discovery Museum’s Traveling Field Trips

Downloadable Collection Kick-Off

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

Forces in Motion

Drama Festival 2017 Artist-in-Residence

Tide Pool Alive

Lunar Exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum

Paul Revere Midnight Ride

Welch School Birthday Books

2nd and 3rd Grade Milestones Program

Choices for the Choices Program

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

LEGO Engineering Concepts


Wolf Hollow

Theaterworks USA Field Trip: Miss Nelson is Missing

Hands-On Math Centers

Uprising on King Street: Boston Massacre

Animal Adventures

Tide Pool Alive

Book Clubs

Let’s Get Moving Numbers Kit

Engineering and Erosion

A Guided Discovery of Electromagnetism

2015 Awarded Best Bet Grants

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Peabody Essex Museum – American/Salem Collections

Unifix Color Coded Sentence Building Kit

Schoolyard Science with Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats

Life at Sea: A Voyage in Song

Nye, oh Nye! That’s some super science

Fractions for 3rd Graders

Tide Pool Alive

Chris Brown Presents: Click, Clack, Moo

Accelerated Reader

Higgins Helping Hawks Student Mentoring Program

Equestrian Connection

Expanding Expression Tool, 2nd Edition (EET)

The Diary of Anne Frank

5th Annual Higgins Spelling Bee and Online Visual Thesaurus Dictionary

Informational Text Research Using Newsela

Touch-Typing Awards

Bamidele Dancers and Drummers

A Guided Discovery of Electromagnetism


Windows on Wildlife

Sensory Diet Materials

Creating a Kinesthetic Classroom

Math Masters

DIG-IT High Touch High Tech

Dig into Dinosaurs

Jeff Danger, Science Ranger’s Physical Science Show

Tidepool Adaptions

Motion Force and Work

Grade 1 Take Home Book Package

High Touch High Tech

2014 Awarded Best Bet Grants

Wonderful World of Raptors

Peabody Essex Museum American/Salem Collections

Social Thinking Curriculum

Class Set of Hands-On Equations for Teacher and Thirty Students

Forensic Science Studies

Creature Features

Read About Math Learning Centers – Complete Set

Hands-On Science

Nudging the Imagination

Windows on Wildlife: Adaptions Program

Fraction Problem Solving

Tide Pool Alive!

Fit Girls

Science from Scientist’s Science Theater

Accelerated Reader

Seussical, Theatreworks USA

Kestrel Educational Adventures

4th Annual Higgins Spelling Bee & Online Visual Thesaurus Dictionary

Award-winning children’s author James M Deem Visits with the Panthers

Higgins Helping Hawks Student-to-Student Mentoring

REACH Program Painting Class


Meeting with History – Yoko Kawashima Watkins

The Poetry Company

Higgins Student IT Help Desk

News-2-You (online subscription)

Phonological Awareness Chipper Chat

Curious Creatures Kid Zoo


Discovery Museum

Life Cycle of a Raptor

Brazilian Dance & Drum with Gregory Coles

Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Field Trip

Special Effects Makeup Hands On Class

Social Studies 4th Grade Curriculum

Social Studies – Travels Across America’s Past

Brain Pop Jr.

Literature Based Learning Centers

Sensory Diet Materials

Literacy Alive! Celebrating Reading with Robert Rivest

Join In – Multi-Cultural Folktales and Legends

Seeds and Plants

Animal Adaptions

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum Tour

Life in the 17th Century and At Home in Salem 1785-1820

Tidepools Alive

Mad Science: An “Edutaining” Performance

ThinkTank: Numbersense & Problem Solving

Visit from author Maryann Cocca-Leffler