The Portsmouth Public Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization with tax exempt status as a 501(c)3 organization. It was formed in 2001 by a group of concerned leaders and private citizens interested in investing in the education of our children. Its mission is to improve and enhance the quality of the educational experiences for Portsmouth public school students and their school communities at all levels by soliciting funds for school projects and events that would not otherwise be possible and that will foster community support and interest in the Portsmouth Public Schools. The projects supported are not funded through tax dollars, nor are they financed through the School Department’s operational budget.
Our Educational Excellence grants may be used to purchase project materials, provide off-site educational opportunities, or support curricula goals. Projects that benefit an entire class or grade level, purchase items of enduring benefit, or engage community resources are encouraged. Grant eligibility is limited to those projects supporting the Foundation’s mission. Projects receiving a grant must be completed during the academic year in which they are funded. Grant awards are announced at the School Department’s Annual Teacher Orientation in August. These grants are our way of supporting our valuable, creative teaching staff, and honoring their commitment to the children of Portsmouth.