The Lakota Fund is a simple way to supplement educational opportunities for students and faculty. Lakota faculty may submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn at anytime throughout the year. All requested resources must be used to enhance the student’s educational experience.
If pondering whether a resource is eligible, simply ask yourself, “Would my students write genuine thank-you notes?” If so, the project is probably eligible. Resource(s) funded through Lakota Fund are considered "property of the classroom." As long as you teach at the same school, you should have control over the resource(s) for which you received funding. If you change schools, the resource(s) must stay.
The Lakota Fund also values furthering education for our faculty and staff to continually bring the latest educational techniques for our students. Workshop fees, books, guest speakers, science projects, student leadership opportunities, etc. may be funded by the Lakota Fund.
Requests are reviewed by a committee of volunteers from the Lakota School District & The Community Foundation who meet periodically throughout the year. Grant awards range from $100 to $1,500. The committee encourages you to seek other grant opportunities to supplement your project if it is more than the Committee is able to award from the Lakota Fund.
If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to submit feedback on the impact of your project, thank-you letters and photographs of your project. Also, we ask that grant recipients share the news of your grant award at your building staff meetings and PTO meetings. A follow-up report is required 30 days after your project is completed.
The Lakota Fund does not fund salaries or college tuition. Your project must be implemented within one year your project was approved.
Giving to the Lakota Fund
If you are interested in contributing to the Lakota Fund, please send your donation to the Foundation’s office or donate through our secure website using our Donate Now feature.
If you are a Lakota Schools Employee, we encourage your support of the Lakota Fund. 98% of every dollar raised for the Lakota Fund goes to support grant opportunities. If and would like to make a donation through Payroll Deduction (for as little as $2 a pay period/ $24 a year) click here for the form.
Contributions to the Lakota Fund also make great appreciation gifts, retirement gifts, etc. for Lakota employees.
Online Lakota Fund Application
The Lakota Fund is currently not accepting applications. The district is working to establish district priorities. We expect to begin accepting application in the Fall of 2012.
For questions, please contact Melissa Benedict at 513-874-5450.