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SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant Program


The SchoolPower Endowment Fund encourages innovation, creativity and excellence in our schools. We invite you to submit a grant request for programs that you would like to implement in 2020-2021.

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, classified staff of LBUSD, and coaches 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.

Grant Types (NEW THIS YEAR!)

Teacher/Staff/Coach Wish List
Grant for a program or item that is between $500 and $9,999. Teacher/Staff/Coach Wish List grants may be submitted by an individual or team.

Examples of eligible ideas: Tangible stuff for a classroom or grade level or program (from hula hoops to robots), a speaker, expert or outside experience, a sports clinic or special enhancement to program

Your Wish List could be included in the silent auction as a part of SchoolPower’s annual Dinner Dance on February 8, 2020. We’ll give bidders the opportunity to partially fund or “buy it now” to fully fund a Wish List through our mobile bidding app (which mean non-attendees can bid from the couch!).

Think BIG! Grant for program or item that is over $10,000. MegaGrant applications must be a team effort (can include multiple teachers and/or staff members, could be across schools/grade levels). We will award up to three MegaGrants this year.

Examples of eligible ideas: Reinvigorate an area of study, transform a space (i.e. your classroom library, a part of the playground, etc.), pilot something brand new

Your grant could be showcased and funded in real time LIVE at the SchoolPower Dinner Dance on February 8, 2020!

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.

Please note that first-time grants may receive priority.

Criteria for Evaluation

Your Principal, Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services, Endowment Teacher Grant Committee and in some cases the Chief Technology Officer or Director of Facilities will be looking at each grant application. Criteria used to evaluate will include but not limited to:

  • Need/Student Benefit
  • Goals/Objectives
  • Innovation/Creativity/Originality
  • Long Term Impact
  • Clear Plan (implementation, assessment, sustainability)
  • Cost/Benefit Ratio
  • Reach (number of students impacted)
  • Can it be replicated/expanded to other grade levels/schools?
  • Is SchoolPower the best funding source?



  • The grant application process is open November 13, 2019. Announcements will go to all principals and teachers in November with a reminder before the deadline in January.
  • The Grant Application Form is online. Applications will only be accepted via the Google form; no paper applications.
  • SchoolPower Endowment Teacher Grant Representatives will visit November staff meetings to answer any questions regarding grant applications.


  • Grant application process continues.


  • The Application Process closes on January 6, 2020 @ midnight. There will be no exceptions to this closing date.
  • Comments compiled by principals and District administrators.
  • Additional information requested from teachers, as needed.
  • SEF Teacher Grant Committee reviews and makes recommendations/votes.
  • Notifications of grant decisions distributed.


  • Some grants may be showcased and funded at the Dinner Dance on February 8, 2020.
  • In February or March, 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.