Strategic Partnerships and External Affairs Department serves as a bridge between PPS and the philanthropic and business community, including governmental grant-making agencies, coordinating public-private partnerships that assist the district to accelerate towards a bold, innovative and comprehensive K-12 system here in Portland. Our role is to support PPS staff in building and fostering long-lasting, strategic and collaborative relationships between PPS and a portfolio of philanthropic investors and partners, including curating high-impact volunteerism efforts that provide meaningful support for school communities and central office teams.
As part of the Strategic Partnerships and External Affairs Department, our team collaborates with stakeholders district-wide to secure resources for programs, schools, teachers, and students. We provide leadership, guidance, writing, and support to the PPS educational community for competitive applications to federal, state, foundation, and corporate entities. Please notify us prior to filling out a grant application. There are other departments that we will notify if grant applications include hiring staff, changes to facilities, or technology purchases. Please refer to our Policies Guiding Grantseeking for a more in-depth explanation of our process. For smaller grants: teachers, administrators, and parent groups are often best at articulating a specific need and vision. But, we are here to help and can consult on most proposals, when given sufficient lead time.
We are always researching grant opportunities and looking for the best ways to share them throughout the district. We welcome your input. Below is a list of Grant Opportunities for PPS Schools and Teachers. Please visit again for quarterly updates.
Looking for a grant for a particular project? Please send us an email!
for PPS Schools & Teachers
Arts Education Grants
Crayola Foundation's Champion Creatively Alive Children
$2,500 - Apply 12/1/2018 - 6/1/2019
Proposals must be submitted by principals who are members of NAESP and intend on renewing membership for the next school year. Twenty schools will be selected to receive $2500 cash award plus $1000 in Crayola products to deliver innovative programs that increase art-infused education within elementary/middle schools.
Books & Library Grants
AASL Innovative Reading Grant- School Libraries May Apply
$2500 - Apply by 2/1/2019
The American Association of School Librarians will select one library for a $2,500 award for an innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.
Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants AppOpen Sept 2018
$500 - Apply 9/1/2018 - 3/31/2019
Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants of $500 offer an opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library (only one application per school). Notifications will be emailed by 5/1/2018, and checks will be mailed by 6/1/2018. A final report will be due at the conclusion of the project. Visit the link below for more information, project examples, and the online application.
Magic Tree House Books for Title 1 Schools
Free Books - Apply by 9/15/2018 - 4/30/2019
Educators from Title 1 (or Title 1 eligible) schools may apply for free Magic Tree House Books or Fact Trackers by completing the online application describing how the books will be used in a creative, cross-curriculum manner in the classroom.
Facilities & Garden Grants
Home Depot’s Community Impact Grants for School Repairs
$5,000 - Apply by 12/31/2018.
Beginning 12/31/2018, schools may apply for up to $5,000 in Home Depot gift cards for volunteer projects aimed at school repairs, renovations, ADA accessibility, or weatherizing. Complete the “Government Funded Organizations” application online. The grant opportunity will close once 1,000 applications are received.
Portland Garden Club Grant
$2,500 - Apply by 2/29/2019
School and community gardens may apply for grants of up to $2,500. The applicant must align with the club’s mission: “To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants and bids, to encourage civic beauty, and to improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation and education.”
Action for Healthy Schools’ Breakfast Grants
$1,000-3,000 - Apply by 4/6/2019
Schools with 40% or greater free and reduced eligibility may apply for a grant of $2,000-3,000 for an alternative breakfast program to increase breakfast participation. Previously funded schools may apply for a sustainability grant of $1,000.
Kaiser Permanente Gives – Volunteer Grant Program
$5,000 - $15,000 - Ongoing (Due Feb. 17, July 21, Oct. 13)
Kaiser Permanente Gives - Volunteer Grant Program is available to schools who have Kaiser Permanente employees who volunteer for 25+ hours at your school. Eligible schools may apply for a $5,000 to $15,000 grant. Projects should focus on supporting youth, families, and community with ways to eliminate barriers and support successful efforts to promote educational attainment. Please reach out to PPS Grant Writers if you plan to apply to this grant program.
Kinder Morgan Foundation
$5,000 - Ongoing (Reviewed monthly. Submit by the 10th of Every Month.)
Kinder Morgan Foundation accepts grant requests for $1,000-5,000 from school principals by mail, by the tenth of every month. Projects must be for academic or arts education projects.
School Breakfast Building Grant Program
$1000 - Ongoing: Reviewed Quarterly (March, June, September, December)
Pinnacle Food Service awards grants to schools that participate in the USDA School Breakfast Program with average daily participation of less than 40%. Funds may be used to start a new program or enhance an existing program.
Support Available for Fluid Power Instruction
$500 - Ongoing
Middle and high schools are invited to apply for $500/year to facilitate hydraulic and pneumatics instruction. Funds may be used to purchase fluid power kits for classroom use or for participation in the Fluid Power Action Challenge Event.
Title I Schools May Apply for Free Adobe Software
Title I schools may apply directly to Adobe to receive free software by completing the ConnectED Initiative's online application.
Adobe software, plus training resources include the following software:
· Adobe Photoshop Elements (45 licenses per school)
· Adobe Premier Elements (45 licenses per school)
· Adobe Presenter (45 licenses per school)
· Adobe Captivate (10 licenses per school)
· Adobe Sign (20 seats per school for 5 years)
If you have questions about PPS policies regarding purchasing new software or apps, please refer to the following memo: Digital Software and Application Use and Purchases.
Captain Planet's Grants to Educators for Youth-led STEM Projects
$2,500 - Apply by 1/15/2019
Captain Planet Foudnation supports educators fto facilitate youth-led programs that result in positive impacts to the environment of a school or community. There are material and menetary support grants. For example, EcoTech Grants of $500-2,500 to implement a youth-led project that engages children in inquiry-based, STEM-replated projects that leverage technology to achieve enrinomental outcomes.
NCTM Grants for Math Teachers
$1,500 to $8,000 - Apply by 5/3/2019
Math teachers who are members of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, may apply for 25 distinct grant awards ranging from $1,500-$8,000 for implementing innovative practices in their classrooms and scholarships
Toshiba America Foundation's STEM Grants
$5,000 - Ongoing
The Toshiba America Foundation is accepting applications from teachers with well-articulated plans for innovative, hands-on projects in math and/or science. Examples of funded projects range from structural engineering challenges to citizen science weather data collection, to the real-life observation of the development and hatching of a baby chick. Toshiba does not fund technology purchases. The process is competitive, with about 12 awards each year. K-5 teachers apply by October 1. For Grades 6-12, they accept requests for up to $5,000 year-round, or greater than $5,000 by May 1 or November 1.
Teacher Professional Development Grants
Learning and Leadership Grants from National Education Association
$5,000 - Apply by 2/1/2019 or 6/1/2019
Current members of the National Education Association may apply for Learning and Leadership Grants (up to $5,000) to participate in high-quality professional development or collegial study. There is a preference for proposals that integrate STEM and/or global competence.
Teacher Summer PD Stipends from National Endowment for the Humanities
Stipends - Apply by 3/1/2019
Teachers may apply for stipends to attend summer workshops supported by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The programs are offered tuition-free across the country and awardees receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. These one- to four-week study opportunities focus on important topics, texts, and questions in the humanities; enhance the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; build a community of inquiry and provide strong models of scholarship and teaching; and promote connections between teaching and research in the humanities. Note: Stipends will be paid directly to teachers and are taxable.