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Established in 2000 to benefit the students of Lamar CISD, this 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is governed by a volunteer board of directors that includes local business, industry, and community leaders. The Lamar Educational Awards Foundation (LEAF) provides funds beyond the normal operating budget for educational programs and activities for students and staff. LEAF is proud to support classroom innovation grants, campus improvement initiatives, Spring Book Festival, Social Skills Camp, Family Connect programs, STEAM Camp, Girls on the Run Program and more! To generate funds to support the students and staff, LEAF partners with local foundations, corporate donors, community supporters, and hosts several signature fundraising events including the New Staff Stampede, Golf Fore Greatness Tournament, Men Who Cook and Surfs Up each year. The Employee Giving Program is a vital part of our fundraising efforts. We are grateful for the Lamar CISD staff members that choose monthly to invest a little part of their payroll to help us reach our mission! We are honored to call you a Friend of the Foundation.

 

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2023 -2024 Grant & Scholarship Program Calendar

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  • Classroom Innovation Grants
    • Campus Staff are invited to apply for our Classroom Innovation Grant program, 8/31 – 10/4. The application portal will close at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. Please note decisions will be announced during the month of December. Visit HERE to apply.

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  • Professional Development Travel Grants
    • Campus Staff have two opportunities to submit a professional development travel grant proposal for review Fall (travel during the school year) and Spring (travel during the summer months). Note: applicants are eligible to receive one travel grant per academic year. To apply for the Fall Travel Grant program, click HERE.
    • Fall Grant application dates, 8/31 – 9/29. Awarded by October 16, 2023. Spring Grant application dates, 3/1 – 4/1. Awarded by April 30, 2024.
  • General LEAF Scholarships - High School Students and District Personnel may submit scholarship applications, 3/1 – 4/12. The application portal will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, April 12, 2024. District Personnel and High School Seniors may return on March 1, 2024 to access the scholarship applications. .

  • Principal Campus Grants
    • Campus Administrators are encouraged to apply for our Principal Campus Grant program, 4/1 – 5/15. Eligible campus leaders may return on April 1, 2024 to access the online application.

Note: All applications should be submitted electronically using our online application link. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Grant Application Resources

LEAF Grant 101 Virtual Trainings – Attend a virtual training to learn more about the grant writing process and hear best practices.  Log into Eduphoria to reserve your space today.

Session 1: September 14, 2023 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM – Sign up HERE

Session 2: September 19, 2023 at 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM – Sign up HERE

  • LEAF Grant 101 PDF - includes a detailed overview of the goals, policies, guidelines, and terms of the grant program. Access LEAF Grant 101 document HERE.

  • LEAF Travel Grant Application & Rubric - this document includes a printable application to be used for reference and planning purposes only. You must submit a draft to your principal for review/approval and utilize the online application link to submit your proposal for grading. Access LEAF Travel Grant Application & Rubric HERE.

  • LEAF Innovation Grant Application & Rubric - this document includes a printable application to be used for reference and planning purposes only. You must submit a draft to your principal for review/approval and utilize the online application link to submit your proposal for grading. Access Innovation Grant Application & Rubric HERE.

  • Technology Price List - utilize this price sheet if your grant includes Apple products, licenses, and laptops. Locate your item and enter the appropriate quantity and pricing into the LEAF Budget form. Access LEAF Grant Technology Pricing HERE.

  • Grant Budget Form -this form is required for every application. Applicants should include product links, photos, quotes and spreadsheet features to develop a comprehensive budget and ordering document to accompany your grant proposal. Be sure to remove any identifiable information from your attachments. Access LEAF Grant Budget Form HERE.

Scholarship Program Resources

Coming Soon!


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Become a Friend of the Foundation

Interested in becoming a Friend of the Foundation? Click HERE to enroll in the LEAF Employee Giving Program! If you are unsure of your Lamar CISD Employee #, locate it HERE.


LEAF in Action Photos - #LEAFinAction

We need your help telling our story. Please share your “Grant in Action” photos HERE  for a chance to be featured on our social media accounts and grant review reports! Don’t forget to tag us in your posts and use the hashtag #LEAF in Action

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