L.E.A.D.S. Educator Grants

L.E.A.D.S. Grants are designed to help educators who promote initiatives to help students LearnExperienceAdvocateDream and Serve.

The Leaders Education Foundation recognizes an opportunity for students to learn and interact in new ways and for new dreams and ideas to emerge. Leaders Education Foundation champions these ideas and dreams through our L.E.A.D.S. Educator Grants.

Educators throughout West Tennessee have the opportunity to win grant funding for their classroom or school-wide project or initiative. Leaders Education Foundation Board of Directors has set aside $20,000 in grant funding to be distributed in 2021.

Whether it’s a new set of books, a new STEM or STEAM initiative, a school-wide project, a new virtual learning experience, or other exciting educational opportunities, we are here to help champion these initiatives. 


Any educator or school-based professional is invited to apply. This includes Pre-K centers, public and private K-12 schools, Technical Schools, Universities and Colleges in West Tennessee.

Entry Requirements

1.  Record a short video (less than three minutes) showcasing your idea, vision, or project. Applicants should answer the question, “How will the grant make a difference in the lives of students?” Applicants are encouraged to share their vision and identify the resources they need to accomplish the project.

2. Complete the online application and include a public video link in the space provided.

3. Participate in social media voting. The Grant Selection Committee will select submissions to be chosen for voting on the Leaders Education Foundation’s Facebook page. Throughout the social media voting period, applicants are encouraged to like, share, and promote their idea on Facebook to gain the most likes and shares. The videos with the most likes and shares will be selected to receive a grant.

4. Media Consent: By applying for a grant, applicants consent to the use of their submitted photographs, names, and likenesses in Leaders Education Foundation’s and/or Leaders Credit Union’s promotional materials and social media channels.

View past winner’s videos on our Facebook page.


Missing information within the application will result in disqualification. Leaders Education Foundation is under no obligation to contact applicants regarding missing or incomplete information. All applications will be reviewed and graded based on a scorecard carefully created by the grant selection committee.
The grant funds will be made payable to the applicant’s school to be used for the submitted project or initiative.

2021 Timeline

July 19- September 13- Applications & Video Submissions Accepted

September 20-24- Social Media Voting Period

October 1- Grant Winners Announced

October 2021- L.E.A.D.S. Educator Grant Reception

2021 Application Period is closed.

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If you have questions about the L.E.A.D.S. Educator Grant program, email educationfoundation@leaderscu.com or call 731.664.1784 ext. 1209.