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Teacher Grants are the heart of PCEF. They are one-time awards and are typically for innovative programs, requested by classroom teachers. Thanks to our thoughtful donors, and an anonymous $20,000 gift, PCEF was able to fund $75,000 in Teacher Grants for the 2016 - 2017 school year.


Special thanks to Deer Valley Resort and their support of the Teacher Grant Program.

“I believe the Teacher Grants are really the grass roots of the Ed Foundation. These are ideas that are completely born in the classroom and owned by the teachers. These teachers, who are in the trenches, are truly the people who know what it takes to keep students engaged and to help them learn, and we get to help them in these endeavors. Teacher Grants enhance our classrooms and make good teachers even better. “

Lynn Cier, Teacher Grant Chair

All grants must fall into one of the following PCEF interest areas:

  • Academic Rigor
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Professional Development & Teacher Recognition
  • STEM
  • The Arts

Teacher Grants by PCEF Interest Area:

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Teacher Grants by School:

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There are 3 different types of Teacher Grants, named for three amazing educators:

Linda Singer Berrett Endowed Grant

  • Grants awarded for Elementary, Middle or High School Programs that actively support diversity and differentiation through
    • Identification of student needs, and/or
    • Modification of activities, approaches or outcomes, and/or
    • Staff development opportunities that emphasize high-quality curriculum and instruction as the starting point for meaningful curriculum differentiation
  • Priority given to grade-level, department or school-wide programs that meet the above criteria.
  • Grant range: $50 - $2,500

Nele Needham Endowed Grant

  • Grants awarded for Elementary School programs in grades K-6.
  • Priority given to grade-level, department or school-wide programs that could be expanded to all elementary schools in the District.
  • Priority given to grants that promote:
    • The Arts, Culture or Cultural events
    • Programs for children with special needs
  • Grant range: $50 - $2,500

Nancy DeFord Educator Initiative Program

  • Designed to encourage and facilitate innovative and creative instruction in the classroom
  • Grant range: $100 - $15,000

To apply for a Teacher Grant, click here.

Not all grants could be funded. If you would like to inquire about funding a grant, please contact Abby McNulty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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