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Excellence in Education Grants

Grant Competition Will Open in November 2017.

Not sure what you should apply for?  Do you have a few ideas but not sure they are the right fit? 

Applying for an Excellence in Education Grant

  1. Applicants must be LPS teachers or certificated staff.
  2. Projects/proposals can take place in the classroom or in before or after school settings.
  3. Review the Grant Application Guidelines which describes the grant-making process.
  4. If you determine that you have a need that fits within the guidelines:
  • Complete and submit an electronic application.  All applications must be submitted by January 24, 2017 to
  • Applicants are encouraged to discuss project ideas with LSDF staff.  Please note that staff will not review proposals, however, will be accessible to answer any questions and confirm that project ideas meet grant requirements.

Previous Application Details

Amount of Grant Funds: $2,000 - $10,000 per application will be awarded

Deadline for submission: TBA

Application Materials (all three must be submitted as ONE pdf document):

All application materials must be submitted electronically to the Liberty School District Foundation on or before the due date in order to be considered for funding and implementation during the following school year. Confirmation of receipt will be sent within 2 business days via email.

FAQs and Tips

# 1 Tip from LSDF Reveiwers

  • Answer each of the questions completely and persuasively.  Keep in mind that grant reviewers are not as familiar with your school or classroom needs and they are not always education experts. Be sure to include enough information and data to show the need, describe your project and how it meets the need you have stated and how you will measure success.
    • If you are looking for good examples we suggest that you contact previous grantees AND connect with Foundation staff - Nicolette Loutsch.  In fact, all applicants are encouraged to set up a meeting with Nicolette to review their project proposals before submitting.
  • The easiest way to do this is to review the scoring rubric each grant reviewer will use when reading and scoring your grants - this document should serve as your outline.

Who is eligible for funding or who can apply for funding?

  • Liberty Public School certificated staff, social workers or nurses are eligible to apply.  
  • Applications may be submitted by a group or an individual.  In a group application, one individual must be identified as the "Lead" applicant.  

What do I need to submit for my application?
  • You must submit the three required documents: Grant Application, Grant Budget, Memo Intent
    • Regarding the Memo of Intent - you only need to submit the Memo of Intent with the signature of the Principal as part of your complete application.  If your application is selected for funding, the LSDF will work with the Directors of Curriculum and Business Operations to obtain their signatures.
Are funds limited to classrooms only?
  • No. Funds can be used to support programming across classrooms and across buildings. 
  • Example A:  A  group of counselors could submit a  grant to fund a project or initiative to support students at three different buildings.  In this instance, one counselor would be designated as the "Lead" applicant and would be responsible for managing all aspects of the grant.
  • Example B: A teacher at an elementary school could submit a grant to support programming across grade levels or different student groups/populations within that the school building.
  • Example C: A middle school principal could submit a grant to support an initiative for all classrooms in one grade level or all grade levels.

How are grants selected?  NEW

  • Each grant is reviewed and scored using the 2017-2018 Excellence in Education Scoring Rubric. Applicants are encouraged to use this rubric to ensure they are fully answering each question in the application.
  • Following the initial review process, the review committee may select the the top 3-4 scored applications to give a short presentation to the committee the week of February 20, 2017.
    • Applicants will be given as much advance notice as possible along with a brief outline of expectations

Should we include research data in our grant application?

  • Yes, when describing the need and/or the intervention the applicant should use some research.  Applicants are encouraged to balance the amount of heavy research and data with their own narrative.
  • Applicants are also encouraged to use data and/or descriptors specific to their school building or classroom. For instance, if your school has a large number of ESL students, that your proposed project is targeting, you should include this data in your application.
  • Applicants should try to limit the amount of jargon in the application.  Please keep in mind that the applications will be reviewed by LSDF board members that are NOT education experts.  
  • Applicants are discouraged from using links or referring to additional attachments - reviewers will only review the documents submitted.

What is the maximum amount funded per grant?

  • A maximum of $10,000 can be requested.

What if my project exceeds $10,000?

  • In the instance that a project would exceed $10,000, the LSDF would encourage you to list the entire request of the project. 
  • If you have partial funds dedicated to your project, the LSDF would encourage to you list partners and their commitment. 

If we have additional support, should we list that and where?

  • If you have earned additional community support, either from another organization (PTA, other Foundations) or individuals, LSDF would recommend that you discuss that in your grant narrative under the section Partners/Collaboration.
  • Please note that this LSDF would consider this to be a positive enhancement when considering funding decisions as this shows there is a demonstrated need with some outside support.  

How specific should we be filling out the Budget Sheet?

  • The LSDF asks that you be as specific as possible when listing budget line items - within reason of course. 
  • In the instance that you are purchasing a number of supplies, you may consider grouping those as one line item as long as you have explained what types of supplies you would purchase in the grant application itself (in the Project Proposal section).

Can funds be used for professional development of teachers or other staff?

  • Unfortunately, no.  The LSDF requires that all funds be used to directly benefit students. 

Can grant funds be used to cover the costs of teacher salaries or substitutes?

  • No, grant funds must be used to directly benefit students.

If awarded, when would funding be dispersed?

  • Grant check(s) will be dispersed by the month of August.  Grant funds must be expended in the 2017-2018 school-year unless LSDF authorizes an exception.
  • If the applicant is not able to fully expend the grant funds in accordance with the approved grant application, they may request an extension or an amendment OR will be expected to return any unused funds.

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