Every year the Berkeley Public Schools Fund awards approximately 300 classroom and district-wide grants, serving 9,000 students, 19 schools, and 550 teachers and totaling $500,000. By funding these grants, the Berkeley community shows its support for teachers’ needs and ideas.
The aim of our classroom grants program is to take teachers’ ideas and allow them to become innovative projects for students. We fund everything from technology and equipment to field trips, guest speakers, and more. Classroom grants are awarded once a year after applications are carefully reviewed by our Board’s Program Committee. Click here to see a list of previously awarded classroom grants. Teachers can learn about applying for a classroom grant here and can complete their follow-up reports here.
We sponsor Music in the Schools, Community Resources for Science, WriterCoach Connection, and many more. If your child attends a Berkeley public school, it is likely that she or he is benefiting from a Schools Fund program now. We are uniquely positioned to serve every Berkeley public school: to read more about some of our program grants, please follow this link!
Our new Summer Fellowship program provides teachers the opportunity for a significant summer learning project of their choice. Fellows have been energized by nine Summer Fellowships totaling over $15,000! Fellows added depth, understanding, and new experience to their teaching by studying at diverse places such as the Lincoln Center’s project LEAD for teaching drama to ELL students, the College Board Summer Institute Class for developing AP Chinese classes at Berkeley High, a Mississippi Delta Blues workshop, and more. Learn more!
Donors have the option of allocating funds for specific purposes, and they can ask the Schools Fund to manage and account for these larger donations. Currently these types of resources are supporting activities such as arts programming, K-8 science, homeless student support, the BUSD Cooking and Gardening Program, and after-school tutoring. See a few examples of dedicated funds here.