Every Student. Every School. Every Day.  DONATE!

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:

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.


Vento Homeless Assistance Grant to ensure that students’ educations are not interrupted because they don’t have a steady place to live.

City of Pasadena Community Development Block Grant

$200,000 to support the Healthy Start Family and Community Centers across PUSD

US Department of Agriculture Farm-to-School Program

$100,000 to support school gardens, nutrition education, and healthier choices in school cafeterias.

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.

2017 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