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 $3,898,639 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.  

The two most commonly shared funding needs of all districts for 2020-2021 are Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and Technology (access and devices). PEF’s Grant Program temporarily shifted from funding a variety of academic programs to support these two focus areas. Awards were up to $5,000 per grant request. This adjustment provided support earlier in the year and increased the number of grants selected for funding at this challenging time.

PEF awarded over $132,453 in PEF Impact Grants during the 2020 – 2021

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.