Lafayette Education Foundation grants are made possible by generous support of the community. LEF’s mission is to promote and support excellence in education. One of the ways in which we accomplish this is by channeling available funds directly to the classroom for worthy, creative and innovative projects to assist children in achieving their full potential.
Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis by a Grant Review Panel comprised of community, business and education volunteers. No current employee of the LPSS will serve on the panel. The Executive Director and Programs Director of the Lafayette Education Foundation will coordinate the grants process, but will serve only as non-voting advisers to the review panel.
GRANTS ARE AWARDED BASED UPON THE ACADEMIC MERIT OF THE PROJECT. ALL PROPOSALS MUST BE THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT OF THE APPLICANT(S) REQUESTING FUNDING. “GHOST WRITING” OR “ASSIGNING” GRANT PROJECTS TO INDIVIDUALS NOT PERSONALLY INVOLVED IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED, AND APPLICANT(S) WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR FUTURE FUNDING.
May I submit more than one application? There is a limit of two (2) applications per teacher. Two applications for LEF Classroom Grants Program may not be submitted simultaneously for the same project as duplicate applications for funding for one school year.
May a school submit more than one application? No, only one School Impact application can be submitted per school year. A team must consist of AT LEAST 4 MEMBERS, all active in implementing the grant project.
To what extent is the project creative and innovative? (20 points)
Based on stated learning goals, is the project realistic and measurable? (10 points)
To what extent are the methods, needed materials, resource personnel, schedule of activities, budget, and completion date of the project appropriate for project success? (5 points) To what extent is there reason to believe that the project will be sustained beyond the grant funding period? (5 points)
What is the likelihood that this project can be repeated in other classrooms or schools? (5 points)
What is the approximate number of pupils affected by this project? (5 points) The selection criteria have been weighted to maximize creativity, innovation, and education value. Total maximum score is 50.
TIP: Ask a teacher and a non-educator to read your grant application and score it based on these criteria.