Teacher Direct Grants 2022-2023

The Teacher Direct Grant application process is open for the 2022-2023 school year.

Exciting news for this year. The SPEF board has voted to DOUBLE the funding for Teacher Grants this year to $100,000!

The South Pasadena Educational Foundation offers the Teacher Direct Grant Program to encourage the enhancement and enrichment of educational activities in order to develop and cultivate student achievement. These grants are offered to help fund activities that are innovative and have a far-reaching effect. The Teacher Direct Grant Program is in place to further SPEF’s mission to support educational excellence in the public schools of South Pasadena through the operation of enrichment programs.

Teacher Direct Grants

The SPEF board brought back its direct grants program in 2012 as a way to promote teacher- and staff-driven innovation in the classroom. Teachers, counselors, and staff members can receive up to $2,500 per individual or $6,000 for a joint application across a grade level,  to try out new curriculum, equipment, or techniques.

The link to the application is here.

SPUSD Principals Share Their Appreciation for SPEF

The mission of the South Pasadena Educational Foundation is to support educational excellence in the public schools of South Pasadena. We do so by raising funds to supplement the school district’s budget and by operating enrichment programs for local students.

These funds directly impact all of our SPUSD students at all five schools. Here our SPUSD principals share their appreciation for SPEF and what SPEF means to them.

$50,000 Awarded to Teachers in SPUSD

Every year SPEF offers the Teacher Direct Grant Program to encourage the enhancement and enrichment of educational activities in order to develop and cultivate student achievement.

These grants are offered to help fund activities that are innovative and have a far-reaching effect. The Teacher Direct Grant Program is in place to further SPEF’s mission to support educational excellence in the public schools of South Pasadena through the operation of enrichment programs.

This year SPEF awarded $50.000 to teachers throughout all five schools.

If you would like more information about the Teacher Direct Grant program or a specific grant listed below, you can email:

Barbra McLendon, TDG Chair at bmclendon@spef4kids.org.

Stacey Petersen, Executive Director at spetersen@spef4kids.org.

If you would like to read more about SPEF’s impact click here.