Teacher Grant Program

2017-18 Teacher Grant Awards

For more than 40 years, PEF Teacher Grants have helped the inspirational teachers throughout PUSD take their creative projects from idea to reality by providing resources to enhance the classroom experience for their students. (download guidelines here)


Grant projects are:


  • Student centered.
  • Related to the curriculum.
  • Directly benefit students. 
  • Enhance and Improve student achievement.

Grants are generally awarded to teachers in amounts up to $1,000.

With the generous support we have received from our partners and our community we are proud to say that in 2016-17 every school in the district received grant funds. Thank you to all who support us.

Take a look at last year's award recipients >>

2017-18 Special Awards Include ($2,500 each):

Jarrat Brunson Memorial Award for Literacy

Honoring the late Jarratt Brunson, the PEF founder who initiated the Teacher Grant Program, this award will go to the proposal that best reflects Jarratt's passion for reading and early literacy.

Kathy Onoye Principal's Award

Honoring Kathy Onoye, who throughout her career as a Principal of Willard Elementary School and most recently as the Executive Director of Elementary Education for the PUSD, has been an outstanding role model and mentor for principals, this award will go to the PUSD Administrator whose proposal best exemplifies their role in inspiring leadership.

Calvin Hunt Arts Award

Founded by a PUSD Board member in memory of Calvin Hunt who, as Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, took dancers all over the world as cultural ambassadors. This award promotes and supports dedicated teachers enhancing arts education in PUSD.

2016-17 PEF Teacher Grant Winners

PEF is pleased to announce for the 2016-2017 school year the addition of School-Wide Project Grants made possible by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and the College Football Playoff Foundation.

This year gave out a record number of grants—113 Teacher Grants awarded and 11 School-wide Grants. Representing every school in PUSD!Thank you to all who support us.

Here is the full list of the 2016-17 award winners >>

2015-16 PEF Teacher Grant Winners

Congratulations to our 2015-16 Teacher Grant Recipients!

PEF has been awarding grants to help fund classroom supplies and instructional materials for more than 40 years and we received a record number of applications last year. This year we are awarding more than $70,000 in PEF Teacher Grants to more than 128 PUSD teachers and principals. PEF Teacher Grants help our teachers bring more creativity, innovation, and inspiration into our classrooms.

Here are 2015-16 recipients >>


2014-15 PEF Teacher Grant Winners

Congratulations to our 2014-15 PEF Teacher Grant Recipients!

Click here to find out more about our awardees >>

For 2014-15, we were pleased to offer two special awards, the Jarratt Brunson Memorial Award honoring one of the founders of PEF responsible for initiating the Teacher Grant Program, and in honor of our recent PUSD retiree, the Kathy Onoye Principal Leadership award.

2013-2014 PEF Teacher Grant Winners

PEF Teacher Grants Reception 2013-14DNA kits, sheet music, and California native plants for an outdoor classroom are just a few of the supplies that this year's PEF Teacher Grants will purchase to support a diverse and vibrant selection of educational projects.

Check out our photo gallery
from the reception >>

The 2013-14 PEF Teacher Grants were announced at a special reception on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Here are the recipients >>

Funding for the PEF Teacher Grant Program is made possible by individual donor contributions to the Pasadena Educational Foundation.

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Community Members

Community Members are encouraged to support the students and teachers of Pasadena public schools by donating to the Teacher Grant fund.  Your donations can be used to fund many worthy projects this school year.  For more information, please contact Linda Machida at 626-396-3600 x 88353 or lmachida@pasedfoundation.org.