Funder: Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation (LCEF); Opportunity: Toolbox for Education Grants; Funding Focus: Education, children; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Public K-12 schools and school districts; Funding: Awards ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 each (a majority of grants will be given in the $2,000 to $5,000 range); Deadline: Sept. 26 (competition to open Aug. 1).
Summary: Grants are available for a variety of school improvement projects. Critical need projects over $25,000 are considered on a case-by-case basis. The foundation, the primary giving effort of the home improvement company, provides funding for school improvement programs. These include: landscaping and grounds improvement; library or media center enhancement; science or specialty lab creation or upgrade; or parent education programs. All schools or districts applying for grants must review the introductory LCEF information at (http://tinyurl.com/4ycf4r4) and complete the “Eligibility Test.”
The foundation’s Community Partners Grants, which supports capital community improvement efforts, runs on a different funding cycle. The fall application cycle will run July 1 – Aug. 26.