PVF Donors Go Back to School!

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Here at PVF, in mid-Summer, we are already thinking ahead to the new school year.  PVF’s hallmark Teacher Grant Programs are a favorite for resource-strapped teachers around the Bay Area, and these programs are a favorite as well for our donors with a focus on education.

State education funding is in a crisis, at a time when Bay Area public schools are serving a demographic of increasingly low-income and immigrant children. The key component of our program model is to call upon teachers – the direct service providers who know best what they need – to identify needed curriculum support.  Teachers tell us that the Program gives them the respect they deserve by placing trust in them to determine what is most needed.  Through these immediate-response programs, PVF meets a classroom teacher’s needs in 48 hours.

We thank our generous donors who have renewed funding in popular Teacher Grant Programs: the Barkley Fund supporting After School Grants, the Westly Foundation supporting Arts Resource Grants, and the Geballe Family, offering Excursion Grants.

PVF welcomes new donors focused on education.  For the Lampert Family Foundation, we have created Opportunity Grants, open to middle school students in San Francisco public schools.   For the Heising-Simons Foundation we created Mathematics Resource Grants.

For the 2011-2012 school year, PVF will be offering the following Teacher Grant Programs.  Help us spread the word!

Geballe Excursion Grants

Grants of up to $1,000 are available now to fund classroom excursions; funds can cover the cost of transportation, admission fees and food. Invited public school teachers for grades K-5, Alameda and San Mateo counties can apply for grant funding. Supported by funding from The Geballe Family.

Mathematic Resource Grants

Grants of up to $500 are available now to fund software, manipulatives, books, and professional development related to mathematics. Preschool teachers in programs serving low-income families and public school teachers of grades K-3 in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties can apply. Supported by funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

After School Program Grants

Offers grants up to $2,500 to 6-12th grade public school teachers in Oakland, Redwood City, and select Santa Clara County school districts to come up with new ideas for After School Programs.  Funds can be used for the cost of equipment, teacher time and/or refreshments. Supported by funding from the Barkley Fund at PVF.

Arts Resource Grants

Offers grants of up to $500 to K-8 public school teachers in select Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Funding can support art supplies, scores, visiting artists, instruments, costumes, stipends for after-school arts teaching, props, arts professional development. Supported by funding from the Westly Foundation.

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