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
Elementary Drama Fund
$300 - Apply by 12/31/2018
The Lovett Foundation supports production based theater arts program at the elementary school level. Average grant size is $300. Grants awarded on a rolling basis beginning in August until the funding is for that year is exhausted.
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
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants for Schools
$5,000 - Apply 8/6/2018 - 9/28/2018 (Fall Cycle)
Lowe's Toolbox for Education is a grant application program for schools to request of $2,000-5,000. This year's program priorities are technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.
Annie's Grants for Gardens
$3,000 to $5,000 - Apply by 11/1/2018
Annie's offers grants to schools for edible gardens (fruit, vegetables, herbs, grains). You may apply for $3,000 for new gardens, or if you have received a grant from Annie's in the past, you may apply for $5,000 for a total of up to three grants. Schools may purchase any equipment appropriate for the garden with the grant funds, such as plants, seeds, raised beds, fencing, wheelbarrows, greenhouses, and drip irrigation systems. Funds will be dispersed to awardees in March without requirements to spend funds within a certain timeframe.
Target Field Trip Grants
$700 - Apply by 10/1/2018
Teachers may apply for Target Field Trip grants of $700 for school field trips planned for 2018-19. Apply early for the best chance of being awarded. The online application will require the following information: (1) Description of the field trip and its objectives; (2) Benefits to students, including overall student learning experience, relevance to curriculum and number of students who may benefit from the grant; (3) Proposed use of funds; (4) Trip must be taken during 2018-19 school year (5) PPS’ total budget for 2017-18 school year, which is $617.3 million.
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.
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.