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Grantwriting services provided by the Pasadena Educational Foundation have assisted the Pasadena Unified School District in raising more than $5 million annually in local, state, and federal grants and over $2 million annually in grants from foundations and corporations.

PEF helps PUSD write grants for initiatives that provide parents and students with a high level of school choice and quality, family and community services, college readiness, and innovative programs.

From large Federal Magnet Grants or California College & Career Pathways Grants to smaller  grants to fund a ceramics artist or grow a school-community garden, the grants PEF has secured have supported arts, sports and athletics, health, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), college scholarships, teacher training, and many other programs in PUSD.

$5 million Federal Grants Annually

$2 million Foundation & Corporations Annually

$14.5 million Federal Magnet Grant

Grants in recent years include:

US Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program

 $14,479,000 over five years to create an Arts Magnet at Altadena Elementary School, an Early College Magnet at John Muir High School, and add a Dual Language Spanish Immersion Program to Washington STEAM Magnet Academy.

California Department of Education:

Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant

$500,000 for health and arts programs. Grant will increase vision, hearing, and general health screenings, develop visual and performing arts curriculum, furnish dance studios in middle and high schools, and train teachers in arts integration throughout the District.

California Career Pathway Trust

$3,000,000 to support the College and Career Pathways at four high schools.

21st Century Community Learning Centers for High Schools

$875,000 per year to support Pasadena LEARNs after school programs at four PUSD high schools.

City of Pasadena Community Development Block Grant &
California Education for Homeless Children and Youth

$425,000 to support vital services for low-income and homeless students and their families at the new Office of Student and Family Services headquartered at Madison Elementary in the heart of the Northwest Pasadena community.

National Endowment for the Arts

$75,000 to begin Open Stage, a new performing arts program integrating theater, history, and social studies for middle school students and teachers.

5-Year Federal Magnet Grant

“I am thrilled that PUSD’s track record in establishing vibrant and successful schools has resulted in a second and larger federal magnet grant. This grant creates a pathway from kindergarten through college where innovation, challenge, and creativity combine to deliver boundless opportunities for every child.”

– PUSD Superintendent, Brian McDonald