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Grants to California TK-12 Educators for
Innovative Educational Programs

PEF Impact Grants

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Funding Source:

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Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF)

Deadline Date:

11/29/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to California educators in TK-12 public, charter, and nonprofit private schools in eligible locations to support educational programs. Funds must be used for the direct benefit of students. The purpose of this program is to enable districts, schools, and teachers to bring innovative and effective instructional ideas to reality. Eligible schools are located in the Petaluma area.

PEF grants support quality instruction, student access and impact, and innovation aligned with a school or district’s overall goals. The PEF Impact Grants award funds for curriculum projects with significant emphasis on programs of extraordinary scope, impact or longevity. 

For Requirements and Guidelines, see page 3 of the Grant Program Overview document in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137790

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000 maximum

Term of Contract:

Projects funded by PEF Impact Grants must be fully implemented by April 2022 All orders for supplies and equipment should be submitted through your own district by January 17, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Teachers, groups of teachers, classified personnel, and principals in TK-12 public, charter and not-for-profit private schools in the Petaluma area are eligible. All grant applications must be collaboratively developed, approved, and signed by the site principal, lead administrator, or superintendent.

Elementary schools that have received a 2021-22 grant may NOT apply to this special second round. Secondary schools may apply for another.

- To ensure a school or district-wide focus for PEF Impact Grants:
- Each elementary school may submit only one application.
- Each TK-8 school may submit up to two applications: one elementary and one secondary.
- Each junior high school may submit up to two applications: one per focus area.
- Each senior high school may submit up to three applications: one per focus area.
- Each district may submit only one district-wide application.

PEF Impact Grants must benefit students and instruction directly and may not be used for support of faculty research, faculty education (unless necessary for the proposed program), facilities improvements, labor, installation/modification costs, ongoing tech support, renewable/replacement/consumable costs or repairs.

While PEF Impact Grants should directly impact student instruction, grants cannot supplant funding typically provided by a school site or district.

PEF Impact Grants will not be used to fund salaries, teacher release time, refreshments or catering, or equipment lists.

Pre-Application Information:

Please e-mail application no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, November 29, 2021

The PEF Impact Grant Program is opening up a Second Round of awards for the 2021-2022 academic year:
- November 29, 2021: Applications due by e-mail to PEF by 4:00 PM.
- December 7, 2021: Applicants notified if they have made it to the second round.
- December 14, 2021: Second round for finalists. Oral presentations.
- November 8, 2021: Awards announced. Selection based on the objective scoring matrix.
- January 17, 2022: Site deadline for ordering supplies and equipment.
- April/May 2022: Site visit and evaluation by PEF Board members and donors.
- June 1, 2022: Teacher final evaluation report due to PEF.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to Katy Verke, Program Director,

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USA: California: Petaluma area

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