About the Educator Relief Funds

Educators in Duval County are making critical decisions so they can reach low-income students at home. Schools aren’t just a place where students learn. Teachers and school leaders are the people we should turn to to support kids during this new reality. JPEF is specifically supporting educators in high-need schools where students will be most impacted by these rapid changes caused by COVID-19.

You can help

The JPEF board and staff have stepped up to support educators during coronavirus for Teacher Appreciation Week. We will match up to $2,500 of community donations. That means when you give to our Educator Relief Funds, your gift is DOUBLED. Any gift you make can go twice as far to help purchase essential supplies for teachers during home learning.

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The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is proud to partner with Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Truist, and other generous donors to support low-income students in several ways. JPEF has donated crayons to young children, coolers for food distribution and is helping teachers who have lost income due to the closure of extended day programs. If you would like to find out how you can partner with JPEF in this work, please reach out to JPEF Director of Development Jen Silva at jennifer@jaxpef.org

As part of the Educator Relief Funds, JPEF is offering classroom grants via a community-driven selection process and the DonorsChoose giving platform. Learn more about the first classroom grants awarded. Teachers can find out how to apply below.

For teachers: How to apply for classroom grants

Who is eligible?
  • Any public school teacher in Duval County is eligible to submit a project. Both traditional public and charter school educators are welcome to participate.
  • Teachers must spend at least 50% of their day directly working with students.
Project criteria
  • Projects must directly address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and all requested materials must also be able to be utilized by the teachers once normal classes resume. 

  • Applicants must use the term “COVID-19” in their title, and must clearly explain how the requested materials are helping them address this crisis in the body of their proposal.

  • Applications should also demonstrate how the funds will directly or indirectly support students from low-income communities.

  • Projects submitted in the month of April will be eligible for available funds.

Project examples
  • Whiteboards
  • Manipulatives
  • Art supplies
  • Office supplies 
  • Cleaning/sanitizing supplies
  • Books
  • Other print materials
  • Please note: projects should not include computers
Start your project now

Click here to begin your project on DonorsChoose.

Questions about eligibility and how to set up your project? Contact JPEF Director of Teacher Leadership Warren Buck at warren@jaxpef.org.

Considerations for the coronavirus pandemic

DonorsChoose has noted a couple of changes to their usual process for fulfilling project requests due to the pandemic. Project materials may not ship immediately due to supply chain issues, and once projects reach their goals, DonorsChoose will be in contact with teachers to determine where to ship materials, given that many schools are closed. Read the full update from DonorsChoose here.



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This fall, voters will have a chance to determine the direction of our public schools through four School Board elections and a referendum on a half-penny sales tax for Duval County Public Schools.

  • Date: Tuesday, Nov 03, 2020
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