The San Francisco Education Fund knows educators like you have great ideas, and we want to help you realize them. The Education Fund offers opportunities to apply for grants for San Francisco public school teachers. We award educator grants in select academic areas at our Focus Schools. We also partner with Fund for Teachers to award grants for any San Francisco Unified School District teacher to pursue summer professional development.
Focus School Educator Grants
Educators, school site staff and volunteers (in partnership with a member of school staff) are invited to apply for grants to bring new and innovative ideas to life in your school community.
Ideas must focus on elementary school literacy, middle school math or high school college and career readiness. 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 a short Challenge Statement along with a proposed solution (one paragraph each) to the appropriate coordinator (contact information is below). A grant coordinator will contact each applicant to discuss their proposal and provide you with the full grant application. The applications vary based on the scope of the grant (e.g. just for your classroom vs. for your whole school).
Some applicants will also be invited to further flesh out the solution to the challenge they are facing. If they agree to participate, applicants are given the opportunity to build a team from their school to attend a three- to four-hour facilitated design session to build a solution for the challenge. School staff are compensated for their time in these sessions, and ideas developed during the session should be incorporated into the final grant application.
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:
- Challenge Statement
- Tips for writing a successful grant application
- Example of a funded literacy grant application
- Example of a funded math grant application
- Example of a funded college & career readiness grant application
- Grant proposals funded in 2014-15.
Grants are available to school site staff, community partners and volunteers (in partnership with a member of school staff) of our Focus Schools, which are:
- Elementary School Literacy: Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School, Dr. Charles Drew College Preparatory Academy, Junipero Serra Elementary School, El Dorado Elementary School and Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy and Bessie Carmichael PreK-5.
- Middle School Math: Everett Middle School, James Lick Middle School and Bessie Carmichael 6-8
- High School College & Career Readiness: June Jordan School for Equity, Mission High School and Phillip & Sala Burton Academic 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 grant and to receive the application link. Our offices are open during the summer, and applicants are encouraged to reach out to the coordinators over the summer to have an opportunity for early feedback and additional time to complete the application.
- Elementary School Literacy Grants: Shaina Steinberg, 415-695-5400 x 3006 (for educators at Dr. Charles Drew College Preparatory Academy, Junipero Serra Elementary School, El Dorado Elementary School and Bessie Carmichael’s elementary school campus) or Isabella Gordillo, 415-695-5400 x 3031 (for educators at Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School and Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy)
- Middle School Math Grants: Shelby Hilo, 415-695-5400 x 3018
- High School College and Career Grants: Jessica Williams, 415-695-5400 x 3009
- May 10 – September 5, 2016: Challenge Statement due. Complete the Challenge Statement and submit it to the appropriate coordinator. One of our coordinators will reach out to set up a phone or in-person consultation to discuss your Challenge Statement. A grant application link will be sent out immediately after that conversation. Challenge Statements are due September 5.
- September 5, 2016: Submit grant application early for feedback (optional). Should you desire feedback on your grant application prior to submission, the grant must be submitted to the coordinator no later than September 5th.
- September 16, 2016: Feedback on grant drafts provided. Coordinators will provide feedback on early submission grant drafts by September 16th.
- September 26, 2016: Grant proposal due. No extensions.
- October 7, 2016: Notification of grant awards.
Fund for Teachers Grants
The San Francisco Education Fund partners with Fund for Teachers to award San Francisco PreK-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. Applications are typically due in January and awardees notified in April. Fellowships take place during the summer. Learn more about eligibility and apply on Fund for Teacher’s website.