School Community Grant Application Deadline: Nov. 1.
LEF’s School Community Grant (SCG) Program encourages, supports, and enables creative educational initiatives that will strengthen learning and build community school-wide. Each of Lexington’s nine public schools receives a School Community Grant each year. The school principal submits an SCG proposal early in the academic year for implementation during the same year.
A hallmark of the School Community Grant program is its dedication to supporting initiatives that have been identified and developed through a collaborative process that involves a school’s entire professional community and that have the demonstrable support of a majority of the faculty.
The size of the grant for which each school may apply during a given school year is established in advance by LEF. Generally, available funding is set at different levels for elementary, middle, and high schools. Your LEF school liaison or any member of LEF’s School Partnership team, can tell you how much funding will be available to your school this year.
Eligible SCG activities and expenses include:
- School-wide community-building programs and projects
- Professional development activities – such as conferences, expert lectures and presentations, educational collaborations, and visiting artists – that will have broad and immediate classroom applications
- Strategic initiatives that address a unique situation or need that faces the school as a whole or a particular student population, grade, or area of study
- The acquisition of materials and equipment necessary to implement a clearly defined educational initiative (such as software used to facilitate student scheduling or equipment that will broaden student access to innovative educational resources).
- The adaptation at the applying school of an initiative previously funded by LEF at a different school
- Art, music, literary and other projects designed to promote and express the school's values
- Prosocial initiatives and other activities addressing students' physical and emotional growth and well-being.
School Community Grant funds may not be used to cover the costs of:
- Salaried positions
- Building projects and renovations
- Capital acquisitions such as photocopiers, computers, and furniture
- Programs, services, and equipment that are now part of, or have been cut from, the school’s operating budget
- Maintenance or repairs of, or renovations to, school buildings or equipment
- Hospitality costs, such as food, beverages, and entertainment
- Basic supplies such as paper, pens, and toner
Preparing a School Community Grant Proposal
Apply Online or Download the application form and detailed instructions for completing an LEF School Community Grant application.
Provide all narrative and budgetary information required, as detailed in the application guidelines, in the format and order requested.
A successful School Community Grant proposal demonstrates that:
- The project’s goals and intended benefits affect the overall school community
- The proposal grew out of a collaborative process involving the entire school community and that a majority of faculty support the specific request
- The activities and budget are reasonable and fall within SCG eligibility guidelines
LEF’s School Partnership Team reviews each School Community Grant proposal on a monthly basis. We will notify you of LEF’s decision within two - four weeks of the date we receive your application
Once LEF approves your SCG proposal, you may access your SCG funds through the LPS Accounting Office’s Munis system.