The Slaton Area Endowment manages charitable funds for the benefit of the people of Slaton. Started in 2013, charitable organizations that are located in, or are primarily serving residents of, Slaton can turn to us for help with projects that address community needs. As a permanent endowment, we ensure that a pool of resources is ready to help today, tomorrow and countless tomorrows to come.
Who Do We Fund?
Grantmaking policy and grant award recommendations are made by the Slaton Area Endowment Advisory Board. The Endowment restricts its support to organizations in Lubbock County which are 501(c)(3) or the government equivalent. The Endowment does not make grants to individuals, for political purposes, to retire indebtedness or for payment of interest or taxes.
All grant recipients must report on the expenditure of grant funds and results of the supported project within one year of the award. Grant amounts may vary.
After we receive your complete proposal, copies will be provided to the Advisory Board who will review and provide recommendations. Additional information or a site visit may be requested. You will be notified of the Board’s decision as soon as possible after the meeting at which your application is considered.
How To Apply for a Grant
Deadline: August 1
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Click the link below to begin your online grant application.
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Mini-Grants for Teachers
Deadline: June 15
Slaton and surrounding area schools are eligible for a program offered by the Community Foundation of West Texas specifically for K-12 schools in the South Plains area. The intent of this program is to provide small grants to elementary and secondary school teachers to enable them to try out creative teaching techniques and buy enriching teaching materials which are not supported by school budgets. Teachers in Slaton and the surrounding area are encouraged to apply!
Since the program’s inception in 1997, mini-grants totaling $473,000 have provided enriching classroom experiences for over 600 teachers and thousands of students.
In 2019, close to 70 teachers in Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains school districts requested mini-grants, and over half of them received the funds requested. This program is funded exclusively through local private donations and granted out more than $40,000 in mini-grants to teachers in 2019.
Click on the following links to obtain an application form and sample materials that are intended to assist you in submitting your proposal:
Every day teachers are faced with keeping children interested and challenged with few resources beyond basic curriculum. Limited school budgets often cannot support the creative ideas and enriching material teachers want to bring to their classrooms to meet student needs. We recognize that students come from diverse backgrounds, have different learning styles, and can benefit from creative learning opportunities and a deeper grounding in course material. The Mini-Grants for Teachers program brings together the resources of regional funders who have an interest in K-12 education. By working together, we are impacting the ability of educators to create meaningful learning experiences for children throughout the South Plains area.
All South Plains region kindergarten through grade 12 teachers from public schools and non-public schools recognized by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission (TEPSAC) and the Commissioner of Education will be eligible to apply. Only one grant will be awarded per individual per year.
The typical grant award is in the $500 – $1,500 range. Depending on the project, the maximum may exceed $1,500.
- Application Deadline: June 15
- Grants Announced: August
- Grants Payable to Schools: August
- Project Evaluation and Reports Due: May of following year
A committee consisting of educators, community volunteers and Community Foundation of West Texas Board and staff reviews applications. The committee members do not know the identity of the teacher and school. Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
- Impact: Potential to improve student achievement; potential for continuation and/or replication; potential to enhance instructional skills
- Innovation: Innovative approach making learning memorable; enhance academic objective within curriculum context
- Planning: Clear plan for project implementation; teacher capability; cost effectiveness and realistic budget;
- Existing Resources: Grant funding will not supplant existing funding – project cannot be achieved with existing school budget
Mini-grant applications will not be considered for:
- Renovation of facilities;
- Religious activities or teachings;
- Equipment that is not an integral part of the project;
- Non-academic projects;
- Trips out of this region; or
- Tuition for special classes
- Pre-K Classes
Grantees must provide a written report to the Community Foundation of West Texas at the conclusion of their project. This report must include a financial statement and narrative describing the project and how it benefited students and the teacher. Unused funds must be returned to the Foundation at the end of the school year for which the grant was awarded. Click here if you need more information about the Community Foundation of West Texas and/or the Mini-Grants Program.
Donors interested in supporting the educational needs of area students, can turn to the Slaton Area Endowment for the management of scholarship funds. Scholarship awards will be determined by the criteria developed for each fund based on the wishes of the donor. For more information, please contact the Community Foundation of West Texas at (806) 762-8061.