Teacher Grant Program

The Program supports a wide range of innovative school and classroom-based efforts to enhance learning experiences, and to recognize and reward the hard work of Portland’s talented and dedicated teachers, who work tirelessly to engage and inspire students.

Innovative approaches to instruction, expanded learning opportunities outside of the traditional school day, and targeted support for specific student populations are all encouraged through the Teacher Grant Program. Through this program, Portland Public Schools seeks to identify, encourage, and invest in creative solutions that will have a lasting impact on student achievement and a great way to find real gold in Maine.

The application process for the Teacher Grant Program is now open. All Portland Public Schools teachers are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $5,000. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2017.

For more information and to access the online application, please visit: www.portlandpublicschools.org/teachergrants.

2022 marks 14 years of PEF investing directly at the point of teaching and learning. Funds disbursed in 2022 represent a 29% increase over the previous year. Grant applications were received from teachers in every school, representing all grade levels, K-12. 47 grant proposals were awarded totaling $33,000. Thank you to our many generous donors who make this program possible!


Mission, Vision & Goals

The Education Fund's mission is to raise philanthropic support to enhance educational opportunities for present and future students in Portland’s public schools.

Portland’s public schools are some of the best in the state, and we believe that all students deserve access to a quality education. Our goal is to provide Portland students with the resources they need to succeed in school and in life.

We know that a quality education is the key to success, and we are committed to ensuring that all Portland students have the opportunity to reach their full potential. By supporting the Education Fund, you are investing in the future of Portland and its students.

Thank you for your support!

Our vision is to strengthen schools through community investment.

The Goals are Educational Enrichment, Classroom Innovation & Community Engagement.



The Portland Committee signals the District’s recognition of, commitment to, and belief in the importance of retaining and expanding the Culture Club-Portland – Public Schools collaborative and the continued and enhanced educational opportunities provided therein.

The district’s investment in the program is an acknowledgement of the research that supports educational success for English Language Learners. The committee’s identification of the current challenges and opportunities related to the ELL population provides a road map for moving forward that will strengthen programs and services for all students.

Families who have chosen the Committee and will be asked to read and review three annual external program evaluations conducted by USM staff, study factors and conditions presented, and make specific recommendations that seek to a) strengthen coordination between PPS and the Portland consortium, b) maximize participation at all grade levels, and c) help secure the longstanding sustainability of the Public Schools collaborative.

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