West 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. Grant applications open each year in July.
L.E.A.D.S. Grants have expanded from grants for classroom initiatives only to now include grants for K-12 teacher appreciation projects and for educator’s professional development.
Educators throughout West Tennessee have the opportunity to win grant funding for their classroom or school-wide project or initiative. Leaders Education Foundation’s Board of Directors has set aside $35,000 in grant funding to be distributed in 2023. L.E.A.D.S. Grants that will be awarded are:
Educators or school-based professionals are invited to apply for our West Tennessee Education Grants. This includes public and private K-12 schools, Technical Schools, Universities and Colleges in West Tennessee unless otherwise noted. Foundation membership is not required as the funds will be paid to the winning recipients’ school or college.
Classroom Grants - $1,000 per grant awarded
Any educator may:
1. Record a short video (less than 3 minutes) showcasing your idea, vision, or project that will benefit your students. Applicants should: Answer the question, “How will the grant make a difference in the lives of students?”
2. Complete the online application for the “Classroom Grants” and include a public video link in the space provided. We recommend submitting your public video link through YouTube or google drive.
3. Participate in social media voting both individually and by getting your school and community to vote. The video submissions will be posted on Leaders Education Foundation’s Facebook page for voting. Throughout the social media voting period, applicants are encouraged to like, and share their video 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.
K-12 Teacher Appreciation Grants – up to $500 per grant awarded
Any public or private school K-12 assistant principals, principals, or school or district administrators may:1. Complete the online application for the “K-12 Teacher Appreciation Grants” that includes:
Professional Development Grant – approx. $1,000 per grant awarded
Any educator may:1. Complete the online application that includes:
Missing information within the application may result in disqualification. Leaders Education Foundation is under no obligation to contact applicants regarding missing or incomplete information.
Grants are payable to the applicant’s school for use only as stated in the submitted application.
By applying for a grant, Applicants consent to the use of their submitted photographs, videos, names, and likenesses in Leaders Education Foundation’s promotional materials and social media channels.
NOTICE: If a video or photo shows any individual in such a way that the individual can be recognized, you must obtain written consent from that individual to permit Leaders Education Foundation to copy, display, transmit and otherwise use the video and/or photo, and you must provide the Leaders Education Foundation the original copy of that consent upon Leaders Education Foundation’s request.
Application Period: July - Sept
Facebook Voting (Classroom Grants Only): early Sept
Winners Announced for all LEADS Grants: Late Sept
Reception for all LEADS Grant Recipients: mid-October