Classroom Grants are the signature program of the Foundation for Leon County Schools (Foundation). Teachers are given an opportunity to apply for over
$120,000 in grant funds each year.
When is the application due?
July 2020. Exact date will be posted in the coming months.
How much money is available?
The maximum amount is $10,000 per group of teachers in K-12.
What are we looking for?
We award grants based on projects that are substantive in content and have potential to make the greatest impact.
The grant application must demonstrate instruction aligned with school and district goals, a measurable educational impact, and the ability to be duplicated for ongoing and future implementation.
How may the money be spent?
Because our grant program is partially funded through the Consortium for Florida Education Foundations’ Matching Fund Program, grant money may be spent only on supplies, travel, field trips, printing, curriculum, computer software, etc. Funding will not be approved for food, parties, recognition, or awards. Projects need to be results-oriented with clearly defined goals.
What is the accounting procedure?
A check will be made out to the school and be placed into internal accounts. The school bookkeeper will issue checks to cover expenses and file a short accounting form at the end of the project and provide proof that funds have been spent on the grant project.
How will the winning grants be chosen?
A committee composed of FLCS Board Members will review grant applications. Projects are evaluated on their potential benefit to students, the number of students involved, project creativity and innovation, effective use of resources, potential sponsor support and evaluation methods. The review committee will receive blind applications (teacher and school names or references will be removed). This ensures that grant applications are judged on their merit and we avoid potential conflicts of interest. Including a business partner component to your grant application will qualify you for more points (for example, “Target will donate art supplies.”).