The Federally Impacted Schools Educational Foundation (FISEF), established in 2000 by the Board of Directors of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS) as a 501(c)(3), provides support to federally impacted public school districts in the United States.
Federally impacted school districts are those that lose out on local tax revenue due to the presence of nontaxable Federal properties, such as Indian lands, military installations, low rent housing, national parks and national laboratories. Since most public schools are funded in large part by local property taxes, these districts receive Impact Aid, a Federal program to replace the revenue lost and ensure these districts have the resources they need to provide a quality education to the students they serve.
FISEF promotes public awareness about the operation of Impact Aid, advancing its mission through two main activities:
- Technical assistance workshops for school district leaders and staff who complete the annual Impact Aid application. Workshops help attendees master the application process as well as provide context about the program by discussing the history, statute and regulations associated with Impact Aid.
- Grants to federally impacted school districts (or to individual schools or staff within those districts) to advance the education of their students.
FISEF Activities Director and NAFIS Director of Communications