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Tennessee Education Grants

L.E.A.D.S. Grants are designed to help educators in West Tennessee who promote initiatives to help students Learn, Experience, Advocate, Dream and Serve.

Impact Your Classroom

The Leaders Education Foundation recognizes an opportunity for students to learn and interact in new ways and for new dreams and ideas to emerge. Leaders Education Foundation champions these ideas and dreams through our L.E.A.D.S. Educator Grants.


Educators throughout West Tennessee have the opportunity to win grant funding for their classroom or school-wide project or initiative. Leaders Education Foundation Board of Directors has set aside $20,000 in grant funding to be distributed in 2022.


Whether it’s a new set of books, a new STEM or STEAM initiative, a school-wide project, a new virtual learning experience, or other exciting educational opportunities, we are here to help champion these initiatives.


Don't miss the application time frame!

We'll start accepting applications on July 25, 2022, give us your email and we'll send you a reminder when the application process is open:

Leads Educator Grant

Eligibility and Details

Any educator or school-based professional is invited to apply for our Tennessee Education Grants. This includes Pre-K centers, public and private K-12 schools, Technical Schools, Universities and Colleges in West Tennessee.

Complete the online application. Please have the information below ready before filling out the online application.

  1. Record a short video (less than three minutes) showcasing your idea, vision, or project. Applicants should answer the question, “How will the grant make a difference in the lives of students?” Applicants are encouraged to share their vision and identify the resources they need to accomplish the project.

  2. Complete the online application and include a public video link in the space provided. We recommend submitting your video link through YouTube.

  3. Participate in social media voting. The Grant Selection Committee will select the best submissions. Then, those submissions will be posted on the Leaders Education Foundation’s Facebook page for voting. Throughout the social media voting period, applicants are encouraged to like, share, and promote their idea on Facebook to gain the most likes and shares. The videos with the most likes and shares will be selected to receive a grant.

View past winners’ videos on our Facebook page for inspiration.

Missing information within the application will result in disqualification. Leaders Education Foundation is under no obligation to contact applicants regarding missing or incomplete information. All applications will be reviewed and graded based on a scorecard carefully created by the grant selection committee.

The grant funds will be made payable to the applicant’s school to be used for the submitted project or initiative.

By applying for a grant, applicants consent to the use of their submitted photographs, names, and likenesses in Leaders Education Foundation’s and/or Leaders Credit Union’s promotional materials and social media channels.

For the opportunity to win a Tennessee Education Grant, videos must meet all of the following criteria:


  •  Appropriate for family audiences and therefore not contain, depict or refer to any crude, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable language, activity or other content (as determined by the grant selection committee in its sole discretion).


  •  Not contain, depict or refer to any content that disparages or refers negatively to Leaders Education Foundation, the grant application process, or any other person or entity (as determined by the grant selection committee in its sole discretion).


  • Not conflict with any of the Leaders Education Foundation’s core values, or otherwise be objectionable to the Leaders Education Foundation (as determined by the grant selection committee in its sole discretion).


  •  Not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights, or copyrights).

    • Meet all guidelines and criteria imposed by YouTube and Facebook with respect to videos submitted to YouTube and Facebook.

      • This includes omitting any background music or noise that does not belong to the applicant. YouTube and or Facebook will silence that portion of a video and the submission will be invalid.

  •  Not promote, depict or refer to any commercial enterprises other than Leaders Education Foundation and/or the applying school system.

Videos that don’t meet the criteria won’t be eligible for consideration. Ensure you download and read the complete submission guidelines before submitting your application. Click here to download.

Application Period: July 25- Sept 6

Facebook Voting: Sept. 12- Sept 16

Winners Announced: Week of Sept 26

Reception: October 20

If you have questions about the L.E.A.D.S. Educator Grant program, email or call 731.664.1784 ext. 1209.