The Education Foundation Board of Directors allocates monies each year for direct student and direct district support. These funds can be used for specific needs of teachers, students, classrooms, school programs, equipment, and teacher leadership. Our current programmatic funding priorities include career and technical education opportunities, increasing graduation rates, increasing literacy, financial literacy or education, assisting low-performing students and STEM initiatives. Evaluation criteria includes student impact, longevity, other potential funding sources, and measurable success.
Generally, the foundation does not fund requests for field trips, tours, transportation, fees and tuition, band equipment or uniforms, or athletic equipment or uniforms. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis at the sole discretion of the board. Furthermore, the foundation will not consider funding proposals for general operating costs and overhead, building improvements, projects that do not support students or teachers within the Lake County School District, projects that primarily benefit members or adherents of any social, religious, fraternal or veterans group or projects related to legislative lobbying or other political purposes.
For a proposal to receive consideration, the Funding Request Form must be received no later than one week prior to the monthly board meeting (fourth Wednesday of the month). If the request is over $2,000.00, the applicant must receive program approval by their school principal, assistant superintendent or superintendent. If the request is over $5,000.00, the applicant must receive program approval by the superintendent. Curriculum and capital expenditure (other than building improvements) requests must have prior approval from the superintendent. All program receipts and a final impact report must be submitted to the Foundation by May 15th of the funding year.
The funding cycle for teachers to submit a grant is July – March.