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SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant Program

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Grant Program Details

The SchoolPower Endowment Fund encourages innovation, creativity and excellence in our schools. We therefore invite you to submit a grant request for programs that you would like to implement in 2018-2019. For information on previously awarded Teacher Grants please see Empowered Educators.

Grant Program Goals:

  • To encourage excellence and innovation in teaching
  • To fund innovative or additional programs in the LBUSD that might not otherwise be possible within current district budget priorities
  • To expand upon current curriculum with innovative teaching strategies
  • To build on successfully executed grants from past years

All teachers, administrators, and classified staff of LBUSD are eligible to apply for grants, as long as direct impact on students can be demonstrated. All grant proposals must be supplemental to the instructional programs.

Scope and Requirements
Grant awards are based on the demonstrated needs of the project and the funds available. In some cases, an award may cover only a portion of the entire projected cost. A detailed budget is essential for projected costs, describing how the entire budget will be spent. Please present the precise cost (not estimates), in your grant application.

All expenditures for equipment and supplies must be consistent with the description outlined in the application. All materials and equipment purchased with SEF funds become the property of the LBUSD.

Grants are not intended to pay for college or graduate school courses, or programs for which funds are otherwise available. Nor should they be used to purchase materials, such as core curriculum text and standard school supplies, which should be covered in the school's operational budget.

All grants exceeding $10,000 must be discussed with site principal prior to submitting an application. LBUSD is developing a multi-year plan to expand student access to technological devices in all classrooms where such devices will be beneficial. Due to this district-wide effort and the overwhelming cost of these devices, entire classroom sets of computers or 4CLE furniture will not be considered during this year’s Teacher Grant process.

Criteria for Evaluation
Your Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Endowment Teacher Grant Committee and in some cases your Chief Technology Officer will be looking at each grant application. Criteria on rubric used to evaluate will include but not limited to:

  • Innovation/Creativity/Originality
  • Long Term Impact
  • Cost/Benefit Ratio
  • Number of students impacted?
  • Can it be duplicated by others?
  • Is SchoolPower SEF the best funding source?
  • Does it enhance the Curriculum?



  • The grant application process is open January 11, 2018. Announcements will go to all principals and teachers in January with a reminder in April.
  • The Grant Application Form is available here: . Applications will only be accepted via on-line process; no paper applications.
  • Prior year Grant recipients must fill out online Feedback Forms.
  • SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant Representatives will visit January/February staff meetings to answer any questions regarding grant applications.
  • No new grant applications will be accepted until prior year’s grant evaluations have been submitted.


  • Grant application process continues.


  • The Application Process closes on March 2nd, 2018 @ 5 pm. There will be no exceptions to this closing date.
  • Comments & Ratings by Principals, Tech Dept (when applicable) & District
  • Additional information requested from teachers, as needed.
  • SEF Teacher Grant Committee reviews and makes recommendations.

April – May:

  • SEF Endowment Board to vote on committee's recommendations.
  • Notifications of grant decisions distributed.
  • In May, the Endowment Board will present the grant awards at a School Board meeting (recipient teachers encouraged to attend for photo and description of grant)

Please note that due to limited funds, not all worthy applications are approved in any given year.