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Peter Rivera

Peter Rivera

Senior Program Officer,

(213) 413-4130, ext. 262

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The FEDCO Charitable Foundation was created when the FEDCO chain of stores closed in 1999. After creditors and employee benefits were paid in full, the remaining assets of more than $7 million were used to establish the FEDCO Charitable Foundation, a supporting organization of the California Community Foundation, whose staff coordinates the grant distribution process.

  • You must teach K-12 full-time at a public or charter school in one of the following school districts: LAUSD, LACOE-operated, ABC, Culver City, Norwalk-La Mirada or Pasadena Unified.
  • Approval from your School Administrator is required with the grant application.
  • Your project should be connected to core curriculum standards and include all students in your class.
  • Your project should include engaging and creative experiential learning activities linked to common core standards or integrate community related topics. (examples include: a nature-themed field trip, a series of experiments, a visit to a museum or cultural institution or community involvement)
  • Your project should increase student academic achievement in one of four areas: language arts, math, science or social studies.
  • Your project must include a final group project for all participating students.
  • CCF will accept applications from May 15, 2015 through June 30, 2015.
  • An estimated total of $181,000 in teacher grants is available for 2015-2016.
  • If you are applying alone, your grant request must range between $500 and $1,000.
  • Multiple teachers at one school may collaborate and submit a joint application to request for up to $2,000. Joint applications should be from a team of teachers instructing a similar grade level or subject area at the same school. If you are submitting a joint application, only one teacher may submit an application.
  • You must apply either individually or as part of a joint application.  You may not submit grant applications for both.
  • You may use grant funds for expenses specific to the project, such as transportation, pre- or post-field trip materials or the creation of final student projects.
  • You may not use grant funds for computer hardware or video cameras, or to pay salaries or substitute teachers.
  • May 15 through June 30, 2015: Applications for funding accepted. Click "Apply" tab to begin your request.
  • End of August 2015: All applications reviewed and decisions made.
  • September 2015: All teachers are notified of their application status and grants are distributed.

The FEDCO Teacher Grant application is currently closed.

Applications for the 2015-16 school year will be available from May 15 - June 30, 2015.


Two "How to Apply" webinars will be held to provide more information about the FEDCO Teacher Grant Program. Please use the link below to register.Note: For application-related questions, or information about the FEDCO Teacher Grant Program,  please contact Peter Rivera, Senior Program Officer, or Leah Ruffin, Education Programs Assistant, at 213-413-4130 or email fedcofund@calfund.org. For technical assistance, please contact a member of the Grants Management Team at 213-239-2330.

Are private school teachers eligible to apply?
No. Private school teachers are not eligible.

Are charter school teachers eligible to apply?
Yes. Charter school teachers are eligible.

Are preschool teachers eligible to apply?
Yes. Preschool teachers, like other teachers, must demonstrate the strength of the learning objective as it relates to California standards for the project or the field trip.

If I reside in Orange, San Diego or San Bernardino County, am I eligible to apply?
No. Please refer to the following organizations to review the eligibility guidelines and deadlines for Orange, San Diego and San Bernardino County:

Orange County: Orange County Community Foundation
Applications are available in September.

San Diego County: San Diego Foundation
Applications are available in September.

San Bernardino County: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Applications are available in September.

Why do you need my school’s tax ID#? How do I find my school’s tax ID?
We need to have a Federal Tax ID# (EIN) on file for every organization to which we grant, including schools. If you do not have the school EIN on hand, we suggest requesting the information from your administrator or from finance or payroll personnel who is most likely to know the number. The format looks like this: EIN: 95-3510055 (Tax ID# for California Community Foundation).

Can I use a FEDCO teacher grant to pay for the transportation cost for a field trip?

Can a portion of my grant support the hiring of a substitute teacher?

What is the GeoCoding form?
We ask that you select from a dropdown menu the Service Planning Area (SPA) in which your school is located. To find your school's SPA, click here.

Can I submit a paper application?
No. We only accept online applications.

Can I view a copy of the application?
Yes. Click here to view the application.

When can I expect to hear back on the decision?
September 2015.

When can I expect to get the check?
September 2015.

What will be required of me once I have obtained this grant?
Once you receive the grant, you will be required to submit a final report by May 30, 2016 to report on the project/field trip.

Who do I contact for more questions?
If you have any questions or need additional information about the FEDCO program, please contact Peter Rivera, Senior Program Officer, or Leah Ruffin, Education Programs Assistant, at (213) 413-4130, or email fedcofund@calfund.org. If you need technical assistance, please contact a member of the Grants Management Team at 213-239-2330.
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