Grant Opportunities


The San Francisco Education Fund knows educators like you have great ideas, and we want to help you realize them. We award educator grants in select academic areas at our San Francisco Unified School District Focus Schools and select schools designated as Tier 3 Support Schools. We also partner with Fund for Teachers to award grants for any San Francisco Unified School District teacher to pursue professional development.

  • Bright Ideas Grants

    Educators, school site staff and volunteers (in partnership with a member of school staff) at select schools are invited to apply for grants to enhance instruction and improve outcomes for students. High school educators can receive up to $3,000 and elementary and middle school educators can receive up to $5,000. Please read our eligibility requirements below before submitting an application. 

    Ideas must focus on elementary school (K-5) literacy or middle school (6-8) math. We fund grants that address these areas through one or more of the following approaches: engaging teachers in professional development, supporting schools and classrooms with instructional materials and exposing students to experiences they would not otherwise have.

    How to apply

    Applicants should submit sections 1-4 (if you’re applying as a team) or 1-3 (if applying as an individual) through the “Grant Overview” portion of the grant application with our new web portal by September 8, 2017. A grant coordinator will contact each applicant to provide guidance before the applicant finishes the full grant proposal by October 6, 2017. Remember to create an account and start your application through the web portal. 

    Applicants are asked to address how funds will be used to accomplish clear and measurable goals. Applicants are expected to use school site data to measure the progress toward these goals.

    Please use the documents below to help guide your grant application writing process:


    Grants are available to school site staff, community partners and volunteers (in partnership with a member of school staff) at our Focus Schools and select Tier 3 schools. Eligible schools include:

    For elementary school literacy-focused grants:
    • Cesar Chavez Elementary School
    • Bessie Carmichael PreK-5
    • Bret Harte Elementary School
    • Daniel Webster Elementary
    • Dr. Charles R Drew Elementary School
    • Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School
    • Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School
    • El Dorado Elementary School
    • Guadalupe Elementary School
    • Garfield Elementary School
    • Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy
    • Junipero Serra Elementary School
    • Malcolm X Academy
    • Paul Revere Elementary
    • Sanchez Elementary
    • Sheridan Elementary School

    For middle school math-focused grants:
    • Bessie Carmichael 6-8
    • Everett Middle School
    • James Denman Middle School
    • James Lick Middle School
    • Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School
    • Visitacion Valley Middle School

    For high school college and career readiness-focused grants:
    • June Jordan School for Equity
    • Mission High School
    • Philip & Sala Burton High School

    You can apply for a grant individually or as a team. We do require volunteers to partner with a member of school staff to be eligible.

    Please contact the appropriate grant coordinators for questions you may have about writing your application:

    • Elementary school literacy grants: Isabella Gordillo, 415-695-5400 x 3031
    • Middle school math grants: Shelby Hilo, 415-695-5400 ext. 3018
    • College & career readiness continuation grants: Ellen Schatz, 415-695-5400 ext. 3017


    • September 8, 2017: Sections 1-4 (through Grant Overview) due. Afterward, one of our coordinators will reach out to set up a phone or in-person consultation to discuss your project idea and provide any feedback.
    • October 6, 2017: Full grant proposal due via the portal. No extensions.
    • October 30, 2017: Notification of grant awards.
  • Fund for Teachers Grants

    The San Francisco Education Fund partners with Fund for Teachers to award San Francisco pre k-12 teachers with summer fellowships for self-designed professional growth. These opportunities are as unique as the teachers who design them. Teachers have traveled to 124 countries, on all seven continents, to explore countless ideas, terrains and cultures.

    Individuals can receive up to $5,000 and teams can receive up to $10,000 to fund their programs. Fellowships take place during the summer. Learn more about eligibility and apply on Fund for Teacher’s website.