Teacher Grants

Teacher Grants Support Educators and Students

Since its inception in 2008, the L.I.F.T. Foundation has supported student-centered, interactive programs by providing grants to educators teaching students in underserved communities. Over 100 teachers have received L.I.F.T. Teacher Grants to support programs in areas such as language arts, math, computer science, the arts, physical education, special education, media, social studies and reading enrichment. The L.I.F.T Teacher Grants awarded are up to $1500.00. Their intent is to support educators K-12th grade in their efforts to enrich students in Los Angeles area schools and the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township of Indianapolis, helping them provide equitable, enriching educational opportunities.

In 2018 the L.I.F.T. Foundation is proud to now partner with U.C.L.A. Graduate School of Education and Informational Technology offering L.I.F.T. Teacher Grants to their first year educators teaching in urban schools throughout Los Angeles. There have been four recipients of the L.I.F.T. Teacher Grant at urban schools this academic year.

Meet some of our L.I.F.T. Teacher Grant recipients.

Are you an educator with a unique student centered interactive project that we should support? Do you teach in an underserved community that is in need of outside funding to provide equitable educational opportunities for your students? You may qualify to apply for a L.I.F.T. Teacher Grant. E-mail at rsklift@gmail.com to inquire. *Limited L.I.F.T. Teacher Grants are awarded each academic year and teachers are limited to one grant per academic year.

Apply for a Mini-Grant!

Assisting educators in underserved communities throughout the country from Los Angeles to Indianapolis to Oklahoma! Wherever there is a need we work to LIFT educational support!

L.I.F.T. Foundation mini-grants are designed to support educators in underserved and often underpaid communities with the purchase of classroom supplies and books. Mini-Grants are limited to smaller dollar amounts of $100 – $500 and can also be allocated in the form of specific materials sent to the educators’ school directly. The L.I.F.T. Foundation wants to make the process as smooth as possible so you can get back to the incredibly important job of teaching.

L.I.F.T. Mini-Grant applications will be accepted immediately and throughout the academic year.  Teachers are sent the checks or materials as soon as possible to assist teachers in resources needed. Teachers are limited to one L.I.F.T. Mini-Grant per academic year. Based on funds available there will be a limited number of mini-grants available.

All teachers must submit a L.I.F.T. Mini Grant application to rsklift@gmail.com.

Please include:

  • Teacher associated with request
  • Grade level and number of students served
  • E-mail address of applicant
  • School name and address
  • Briefly describe intended use and community served
  • Amount requested:

Elementary grade level educators

Max $300.00

Enrichment educators (art, P.E., music, computers, media)

Max $500.00

Multi-class instruction (middle school/high school)

Max $500.00

Upon receiving the L.I.F.T. MINI GRANT educators will be required to submit receipts for all supplies purchased and a picture. A form for “Documentation of Expenditures” will be provided.