Enabling Innovative Instruction


Enabling Innovative Instruction


The trustees of the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation accept teacher submitted grants each year for classroom projects. Grants are intended to help teachers bring innovative projects and materials into their classroom to enhance student learning. Grants must be received by October 31, Spring Grants February 25, of the year applied. Grants are awarded in early December, Spring Grants awarded In June. The project or activity outlined in the grant must be completed by June 1, following the year applied. Applications that are not complete or are received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Priority Criteria:

  • Focus on improving student achievement.

  • Resource materials are reusable.

  • High ratio of number of students per dollar invested (across one grade or multiple grades).

Key Information:

  • Grants will be awarded in the minimum amount of $100, with maximum of $1000.
  • Schools can receive more than one grant and more than one teacher may participate in a single application, however, the amount for a specific project cannot exceed $1000.
  • An evaluation report is required after completion of the project no later than June 1, following the year applied.
    Photographs are respectfully requested.

Important Dates

  • April 1 – May 1: Application submission period. 
  • May 1: Final deadline for all application submissions. 
  • June: PSEF Board meets and ranks all applications.
  • Summer: Grant recipients notified.
  • June 1: Evaluations due June 1 of following year 

Online applications are accepted via the online application available at the link below.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are grant applications due?

Grant applications are due by May 1.

Who may apply?

Employees of the Peninsula School District.

How do I submit a grant application?

You must submit the grant application online through our website under the Grants for Teachers tab.

What do I do if I have supporting materials?

Additional materials may be scanned and sent as a document along with the application.

Are there projects that PSEF does not fund?

We do not grant funding for a) staff positions, personnel, consultants, etc. or b) technology equipment that qualifies for, or should be provided by, PSD technology funds, or c) furniture already covered by a school’s furniture budget.

What guidelines does the foundation use when reviewing the applications?

Our priorities include a) the number of students benefiting from the grant, b) whether or not the materials may be used multiple times (no consumables), and c) the amount being invested per student.

How does the Foundation view co-funding of grants?

PSEF often prioritizes grants when they are co-sponsored. Examples of organizations that could pair their funding with PSEF grants include school parent organizations, area foundations, and businesses and organizations (local, Boeing, NASA, etc.).

Can multiple teachers submit a single grant?


What are the funding limits?

Fall cycle (application due October 31): Minimum of $100 and maximum $1000. Spring cycle (application due April 30): Minimum of $100 and maximum of $500.

If I move schools after recieve a technology grant (cameras, iPads, chrome books, etc.), may I take the equipment with me?

No. The technology stays with the school at which you received the grant.

Can schools receive more than one grant?

There is no limit regarding how many grants each school can receive in any grant cycle. Schools and teachers may apply in both the fall and spring cycles.

When will recipients be notified?

For fall grants, applicants are notified in December. For spring grants, applicants are notified by the end of the school year.

What do we have to do if we receive a grant?

PSEF requires recipients to submit a report to PSEF that informs us of the specifics of the grant (pictures, student work, comments from students, etc.) The report is due by the last day of school. The report may be completed through a project board/tri-fold or through a PowerPoint presentation. We display the reports at our annual breakfast and luncheon as a way to inform our donors of the impact of the grants. They are well received!

Where do I submit the reports?

The project board/tri-fold must be delivered to the Superintendent’s office at the ESC. PowerPoints may be delivered to the following email address: [email protected].

What happens if I don’t submit a grant report?

If a summary is not submitted, you are not eligible for future grants.

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  • 2018 Spring
  • 2017 Spring
  • 2017 Fall
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013

2018 Grants were awarded to 5 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 7 teachers who submitted grant proposals

2017 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

2017 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

2016 Grants were awarded to 15 schools in the Peninsula School District and to 39 teachers who submitted grant proposals

2015 Grants were awarded to 16 schools in the Peninsula School District, to 54 teachers who submitted grant proposals.

2014 Grants were awarded to 13 schools in the Peninsula School District, to 19 teachers who submitted grant proposals.

In 2013 Peninsula Schools Education Foundation, awarded 29 grants to teachers in 16 different schools in the Peninsula school district.

Karshner Memorial Grant

$1000 to Teachers

In 2009 the family of Warner Karshner made a generous memorial gift to the Peninsula Schools Education Foundation (PSEF), honoring his legacy of supporting great schools in the Peninsula School District. This gift is used by PSEF to make grants that help teachers encourage students to engage in experiences that promote goodness in the community.

Mr. Karshner was a clinical psychologist at the Family Center for Behavioral Health in Gig Harbor. As the chair of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Education Task Force, he founded the “Partners In Learning” picnic. Mr. Karshner was known as a builder of partnerships between schools and the community, and his family remembers him coming home with a twinkle in his eyes after activities focused on that goal. “Imagine kids having that ‘twinkle’ experience of developing love and pride knowing their contributions helped strengthen their community,” his wife Diane Nason said.

Each year PSEF selects a grant application that reflects these values for funding and designate it as the Warner Karshner Memorial Grant Award. Past recipients of the award include:

  • 2017 Andrea Bowman, Key Peninsula MS, KPMS Sensory Room
  • 2016 Cheryl Munoz, Purdy Elementary, Multisensory Math Project
  • 2015 Wright, Brantley, Garrison, Porter, Evergreen Elementary, Science, Technology & Engineering
  • 2014 Lisa Mills, Vaughn Elementary, Voices of Vaughn Elementary / Music
  • 2013 Scott Markowitz, Voyager Elementary, Field Science and Ornithology Program
  • 2012 Eric Swanson, Gig Harbor High School, Percussion Instrument Inventory Expansion
  • 2011 Denise Ohlson / Jim Inglebritson, Evergreen Elementary School, Infinite Potential Physical Science books  
  • 2010 Kristen Zetterstrom, Gig Harbor High School, Tools Used in Theater Set Construction
  • 2009 Shira Stark, Harbor Ridge Middle School, Implementing Project 3D View in Science using GPS Handheld Receivers
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