The Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation was founded in March 2008 as an independent education foundation. The mission of CVEF is to promote excellence, innovation and creativity in the communities of Middlefield and Durham and to support lifelong learning by awarding grants and sponsoring programs designed to enhance life in our towns.

Many education foundations exist to supplement school budgets. At CVEF, a dedicated group of volunteers take a broader, more inclusive approach: we award grants which benefit all ages, from young children to grandparents, enhancing skills and sparking creativity at all levels. At the same time, we build bridges among generations to create a community of learning, shared experience, and inspiration.

We fund our grants through individual and business support, and through events which — besides raising money — provide entertainment, cultural stimulation, and social enrichment for the Durham/Middlefield community.