Classroom Grants

The Schools Fund and our community believe that directly supporting teachers is one of the best ways to help students succeed.

Classroom Grants – application period now CLOSED


P1030699Please complete the following steps once you are awarded a grant:

Step One: Getting Your Money

We have a new system this year for using your grant funds.  We have contracted with, and your grant funds will be uploaded to a “purse” for you to spend from.  The only items that will NOT be disbursed this way will be for direct payments to consultants, and payments to BUSD Transportation for buses.  Please complete the Spending Plan form linked below to specify how your grant funds will be spent. Use the award email that you received for information about the grant number and awarded amount.

Once you have completed and submitted your spending plan, we will contact you within a week or so to give you directions on how to access your funds. Please contact or call 510.644.6244 with any questions.

Complete the “Classroom Grant Spending Plan” here. This gives us your overall spending plan. Once we receive your Spending Plan, we will email you with further instructions about how to access your funds.

Step Two: Field Trip Transportation

If you will be using BUSD buses, you should contact the BUSD Transportation department to reserve them.  They will bill us directly for your trip cost, up to the amount you specify for buses in your Spending Plan.

Step Three: Paying Consultants

When you are ready to pay any consultants (e.g. individuals you are bringing like artists, dance/music teachers, speakers, etc.), you should complete a “Request Classroom Grant Payment to Consultant” form for each payment needed. We also need tax ID information for individuals that are providing services—have them complete an IRS W-9 form and send it to us via email or mail. Please allow 2 weeks for payment.

Step Four: Follow Up Report

Once your project is complete, please submit a “Classroom Grant Follow-Up Report”. Please complete the Follow Up no later than the last day of school. Or contact the Schools Fund to request an extension (we are happy to accommodate extensions—as long as we know about them!).

Step Five: Send us photos, videos, or student work

We love seeing photos and videos from your projects and can often use them in our various materials. Digital copies can be sent to Or you can drop hard copies in Interdistrict mail (just send it to “Berkeley Public Schools Fund, 2020 Bonar). Please note, we follow BUSD’s permissions policy. Please do not send photos of students whose parents have opted out of photos permissions. If you are unsure, parents can also complete a Photo Release form.

Award Criteria

034-SL15Honoree-20150408In evaluating grants, we look for a clear and detailed description of the project, its budget, and of how funds will be used. For a list of tips for successful application, check out our Needed Materials and Tips. Overall, we look for projects that:

  • Encourage collaboration and strengthening of practice among teachers
  • Enhance teaching of core academic subjects as well as the arts
  • Expand equity and opportunity by helping students discover and reach their potential
  • Support differentiated teaching and multi-modal learning styles
  • Increase parent and community involvement in our schools

Who Can Apply

Priority is given to projects that effectively impact the most students per dollar granted.

  • Any BUSD teacher or team of teachers
  • Principals
  • Any school or District personnel
  • Specialists or resource staff

What Can Be Applied For?

Grant projects must directly benefit students and schools during the school year being applied for. Items such as:

  • Curriculum materials
  • Supplies
  • Certain equipment
  • Guest speakers or artists
  • Professional development
  • Field trips
  • Anything that you can show will enhance your teaching and your students’ learning!

If you’re looking for Friends & Family Grants, please follow this link.

Here are the full lists of the 2016-17 Classroom Grants and 2015-2016 Classroom Grants.