How To Apply for a LEAF Grant
LEAF provides grants from both the Academic Opportunity and Enrichment Fund and the Student Activities Fund. Teachers, coaches, advisors, and administrators are invited to submit grant proposals which are reviewed by the LEAF Allocations Committee.
PLEASE, READ THE FUND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY TO BE SURE YOUR PROJECT QUALIFIES FOR SUPPORT FROM THAT PARTICULAR FUND PRIOR TO FILLING OUT AND SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.
Preparing Grant Proposals
LEAF regularly receives many more grant applications than it can fund. Even though the amount available for granting has steadily increased in recent years the gap between the money requested and that which is available remains significant. In reviewing hundreds of proposals over the years we regularly see that the vast majority of proposals we receive are thoughtfully and thoroughly prepared and clearly presented. Following are some characteristics of these well prepared grant proposals.
The following are encouraged:
- Carefully read the grant criteria on the INSTRUCTIONS FORM prior to filling out the application.
- Make sure the correct form is chosen (Academic/Activities) and the application form is completely filled out.
- Make sure the budget is clear and fully presented.
- Make sure the budget reflects other funding sources that may be needed.
- Make sure the proposal uses the recommended up-to-date application form (on this LEAF website) so it can be clearly and fairly compared to those other proposals that do.
- Make sure the narrative sections of the proposal are clearly formulated and presented.
The following are required in order for the proposal to be considered:
- The building administrator’s/activities director’s signature must be present; supportive comments from the administrator are strongly considered.
- The applicant has completed a final report in a timely fashion for all previously received grants.
PLEASE NOTE: Grant applications should be completed using the online forms. Handwritten applications are discouraged. Don't forget the administrator's endorsement and signature! Good Luck!