Toolbox for Education Grants to Open Soon

Fgrantsunder: 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 ( and complete the “Eligibility Test.”

Other Grants

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.

Info: (NOFA); Questions,

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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