In 2018, Leaders introduced the L.E.A.D.S. Educator Grant Program. L.E.A.D.S. Grants are designed to assist educators who promote initiatives that help students Learn, Experience, Advocate, Dream and Serve. Through our L.E.A.D.S Educator Grant Program, West Tennessee educators are eligible to enter for an opportunity to win a $1,000!
Leaders was founded by five Jackson educators 62 years ago. Because of our rich history, we take pride in championing our West Tennessee educators who are leading the way. Our goal is to make a lasting investment in the future of our children, schools, administrators, and educators.
Whether it’s a new set of books, a new STEM or STEAM initiative, a school-wide project, a new learning center or maker-space, or other exciting educational opportunities, we are here to help champion these initiatives.
In our inaugural year, we awarded over $15,000 in grant funds to 14 school systems across West Tennessee. Grant proposals ranged from funds for an outdoor classroom, improvements to a special education classroom, lab equipment, a volunteer basketball program, as well as, traveling assistance to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Grant submissions included a short video explaining the need and use of the grant money. Twenty-three proposals were submitted, and the top ten winners were chosen by the community via social media voting. L.E.A.D.S. Grant submission videos were viewed over 82,000 times during the voting period. To see the videos of our 2018 applicants, click here.
Submissions for the 2019-2020 Grant Program are now being accepted. Apply Now through August 26, 2019.
- Record a short video (less than 3 minutes) showcasing your idea, vision, or project. Applicants should answer the question, "How will the grant make a difference in the lives of students?" Applicants are encouraged to select all appropriate L.E.A.D.S. categories of best fit, share their vision, and identify the resources (monetary or volunteer based) they need to accomplish the project. Applicants are encouraged to be as specific regarding resource needs.
2. Complete the video submission application online.
3. Participate in social media voting. The Grant Selection Committee will select submissions to be chosen for voting on Leaders' Facebook page (@leaderscu). Throughout the community social media voting period, applicants are encouraged to like, share, and promote their idea to gain the most likes and shares. The applicants with the most likes and shares will be selected to receive a grant.
Jul. 22- Aug. 26: Application & Video Submission Process
Aug. 30: Selection of Applicants to Enter the Social Media Voting Period
Sept. 3- 17: Social Media Voting Period
Sept. 23- 30: Grant Winners Announced
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