Our Process

We identify several major projects each year from which one or two Major Project Grants are awarded, often with input from the administration and teaching staff most directly involved with the particular proposal. Each Major Project must be approved by the Board of Education.

Teachers and administrative staff may apply for a grant from the Foundation. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis, upon receipt. All grants must first be reviewed by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum. The PEF board then reviews and votes on grants that have been vetted by our Project Development committee at monthly board meetings which take place September-June.

The Foundation, through the work of its fund raising subcommittee, conducts a number of activities throughout the year to generate contributions from the Pelham community. An annual appeal letter is mailed to the community prior to the calendar year-end and a major fund-raising event is conducted each spring.

Mini & Micro Grants Programs

The Pelham Education Foundation is pleased to offer to teachers and administrators the opportunity to apply for mini grants (for any amount up to $5,000) or micro grants (for any amount up to $1,000) to support educational projects that are outside the annual school budget.

The goal of our mini and micro grant programs is to foster and reward faculty initiative by funding creative and innovative projects that enrich the standard curriculum and directly enhance educational opportunities for a significant number of students.

The Mini Grants Program

The Foundation awards mini grants (up to $5,000). Applications are reviewed at Foundation board meetings through the year.

Grant Request Form in PDF Format   |   Grant Request Form in Word Doc Format

If you have questions about teacher-initiated mini grants, please contact Julia Fuller, the Foundation’s Project Development chair, by e-mail at Contact us by clicking here!

The Micro Grants Program

Teachers are welcome to apply for micro grants (up to $1,000) at any time during the year. The project development committee is empowered to decline or support micro grants without tallying a vote from the remaining members of the PEF board.

Micro Grant Application

Grant Criteria and Examples

The directors of the Foundation would like to provide you with as much guidance as possible so that your application will have the best chance to be successful.

PEF Mini Grant Criteria used to evaluate applications

Successful Grants Examples

Listing of previous Mini and Micro Grants

Listing of previous Major Grants

Application Format Information

Please note that all applications must be submitted using the Microsoft Word or PDF provided above.  Applicants should complete these documents and email them to Julia Fuller, with copies to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Personnel, Steven Garcia, and Assistant Superintendent for Business, Angelo Rubbo, by the relevant deadline.