Impact Grants

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Our vision is to create impactful educational opportunities for all students in our community. Our mission funds programs that promote critical thinking, creativity, student well-being, and lifelong learning.

Since 1983, the PEF Impact Grant Program has given $4,096,708 to teachers, administrators, and parents to fund projects not covered in the school budget. The purpose of these grants is to reward innovative academic programs and foster excellence in education benefiting all Petaluma area students.

During COVID-19 we partnered with our districts and principals to identify how PEF can increase our support of local students and schools at this very challenging time. As a result of these many discussions, we made important changes to our traditional PEF Impact Grant Program for the 2020-2021 school year.  These changes offered targeted support to teachers and students as they navigated distance learning, on-campus instruction, or a hybrid of the two formats.  

Now, in the 2022-2023 school year, we return to our traditional grant award structure providing financial support for all academic focus areas across all grade levels.

PEF believes it is our responsibility to observe and evaluate each awarded grant as an ongoing process throughout the academic year. We work with our school partners to ensure the awarded grants are implemented as described in the application and record the outcomes to demonstrate the ongoing impact.