We know that our public school teachers go above and beyond to support students every single day – and that oftentimes, this involves spending their own money on classroom supplies. Our annual Gratitude Grants program is one way for the Chamberlin Family Foundation to support, and express appreciation, for local educators and their commitment to young people in our community.

Each year, we invite West Contra Costa public school teachers to request a $250 grant to fund classroom supplies and resources. The goal is to make it easy for teachers and to ensure they have what they need to serve their students in the classroom.

This year, Gratitude Grants provided funding for more than 450 classrooms across 60 schools in West Contra Costa. In the past few years, the Foundation provided more than $300,000 in grants directly to teachers through the program.

Grants covered a wide range of wish lists, reflecting the passion and joy that each individual teacher brings into their classroom. For example:

  • Mini robots for math-focused coding and programming projects, Madera Elementary School
  • Law-related books and materials for an English Language Arts unit on legal studies, Pinole Valley High School
  • Materials to develop a wheelchair-accessible Sensory Garden for Special Education classes, Hercules Middle School

Richmond High School teachers made a particularly creative use of their Gratitude Grants; they pooled their grants, totaling $1,500, to fund an outdoor education field trip for 40 students to Point Reyes National Park!


The Chamberlin Family Foundation hosted West Contra Costa Gratitude Grant awardees at a happy hour in April, where they enjoyed fellowship with their colleagues.

Thank you to all our West Contra Costa teachers!

West Contra Costa Schools that received 2017-18 Gratitude Grants: