LEEF Innovative Teaching Grant Application


The Leander ISD Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF) created the Teaching Grant to help provide teachers with the development, resources and tools needed to most significantly impact student achievement through their individual teaching. The goal of this grant program is to directly support the needs of individual teachers. Grant funding opportunities occur two times each school year: fall and spring.

LEEF also offers a Collaborative Grant alongside the Spring Innovative Teaching Grant cycle, which is designed to support larger projects (up to $5,000) across departments, grades or schools.  Information on each grant cycle will be emailed to all staff and posted on the LEEF website prior to each cycle’s beginning date.


  • The Innovative Teaching Grant is available to current employees in good standing with LISD.
  • Applicant(s) review FAQ’s prior to submission.
  • Applications must be submitted through the web form below by 11:59pm on the due date listed. Please direct any questions to Coleen or call 512.570.0027.

Selection Criteria for Awarding

Proposals should directly impact the applicant teacher, his/her advanced development as a teacher or his/her classroom instruction (or his/her department). The primary goal in selecting awardees is to support teachers seeking to develop as a professional educator or implement new, innovative pedagogy or programs.  Secondarily, and where feasible, the funding may provide materials for the classroom.  The ultimate impact on the education of students and impact on student learning is also considered.

Award of Funds:

  • Funding of up to $500 will be awarded per recipient.
  • Each eligible application will be reviewed by a group of judges representing LEEF. After reviewing the applications, the grant review committee will determine whether to fully fund, partially fund, or deny funds for the project.
  • Funds must be expended within 12 months of being awarded. Unexpended funds are returned to LEEF.
  • District procurement policies must be followed. ALL materials purchased with grant funds are the property of LISD.

Reporting and Evaluation:

  • A grant report must be submitted within 30 days of completing the project.
  • The recipient of each funded project may be requested to provide a short presentation about the project to the LEEF Board of Directors.

Innovative Grant Application

Leander ISD Staff: Please complete the LEEF grant application below to apply for an innovative grant award up to $500.

Fields marked with a * are required.

Click here for a list of previously awarded grants.

Contact the LEEF team at info@leeftx.org with any questions.
  • FAQ's are available here.
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 500.
  • Please enter a number greater than or equal to 1.
  • Please select all that apply.
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  • Project Description

  • What are your project goals and how will they impact your effectiveness as an educator? How will students benefit from the project?

    Be specific about why this proposal should be funded. Describe the need this project addresses.
  • Explain the impact of your project (one time project, multi-year or ongoing). Include how you determined impact.

    Include which LISD program your project will impact and how it aligns with LEEF's mission and funding priorities.
  • What methods/tools will you use to define success? Please provide measurable outcomes.
  • Provide details on how the funds will be spent and a list of vendors used to purchase items in the available field or upload an Excel document below.

    For book requests, please provide an overview of topic, genre, and age category.
  • Is additional funding required for this project? If so, please list your additional funding sources (ex: LISD, PTA, etc). If not, please type N/A in the field.
  • Grant Award Information

    Please note: All grant funds are awarded and payable to Leander ISD. Competitive procurement process is required according to district policy. Please check with the Purchasing Department for approved vendors prior to requesting commodities on a grant application. All materials are the property of Leander ISD.

    If your application requires technology, software, appliances, building projects or renovations, please ensure you receive pre-approval for your project from the appropriate LISD department PRIOR TO submitting your grant application.

    Grant recipients will be required to provide a grant report and could be contacted to appear in impact videos, share photos as well as speak at public events regarding the impact of your award.

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