Hayward teachers are faced with the common challenge to provide students with resources to enhance educational activities. Since 1982, the Foundation has distributed 1,073 educational grants totaling over $1,037,000.  These grants provide teachers with the resources necessary to enhance educational activities in ways that existing funding cannot.

Michael Pelland, Mt. Eden High School

To read more about the featured projects that HEF has funded, click on the slide title.


Awards up to $1,000 are available to individual teachers for innovative and creative classroom projects which enhance the learning experience of Hayward students. Funding is provided through a competitive bidding process usually announced at the beginning of the school year. All teachers who are employed at schools in Hayward (Public, Private, Charter etc.) are eligible and encouraged to submit a classroom project for funding.

For the 2020-2021 funding cycle, we have added a COVID-19 Addendum. This additional funding has been allocated to HELP SUPPORT TEACHERS and students adapt to the unique circumstances and new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards up to $800 are available to individual teachers to help with distance/remote learning and the transition period for the 2020-2021 school year. It is our goal to offer help and support to online classrooms in ways that the district cannot. We have opened up a second round of funding for the remainder of the 2021 school year. Applications are reviewed and awarded as they come in and the deadline is February 28, 2021. Click on the button below for guidelines and the application.