Lanesborough Initiative For Excellence (LIFE)

Grant Guidelines

WHO CAN APPLY

Students, teachers, administrators and community members for projects that enhance the educational experience of students and teachers in the Lanesborough School District.

GRANT INFORMATION

The Lanesborough Initiative For Excellence (LIFE) is an endowed fund whose purpose is to enhance and enrich the educational experience of the students and teachers in the Lanesborough School District. LIFE wants to ensure the highest level of achievement for students and enhance their capacity to achieve excellence both in school and in the community.

LIFE is seeking proposals for grants from students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, nonprofits and members of the community of the Lanesborough Elementary School for projects that will fulfill the purposes of the fund.

ELIGIBILITY

Grants from the fund will not replace public dollars for the school district. LIFE seeks primarily to help cover the direct costs of projects (not salaries). Priority will be given to proposals that rely on volunteer efforts and that show additional means of support.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to: independent study; new programs; extracurricular activities; individual creative projects, in or outside the classroom; visiting speakers; artists-in-residence; professional development for teachers; scientific, athletic, or technical equipment; library resources and class field trips.

Berkshire Taconic does not support organizations that, in their constitution, by-laws, or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief.

AWARDS

Grants awarded will generally range from $100 to $1,000 for the first several years as LIFE builds its endowment.

REVIEW CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Excellence: Is the project or service truly of a high quality? Is it the right time for the project? Does it involve qualified individuals/groups?
  • Impact: What is the potential impact of the project or service on the school community? This does not mean the number of people involved, but rather the quality of the impact.
  • Ability: Is the project well thought out and feasible?