LIFT Grants


LIFT Grants

The LIFT (Leadership and Innovation Funding for Teachers) Grant program allows Union County Public School teachers to apply for grants for projects that boost literacy, bridge the achievement gap, and spur students on toward careers and college. The grants range from $500-$1,500 and the grant deadline is the second Friday in September.

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Watch our LIFT VIDEO What is Innovation?

Click here to see photos of LIFTed teachers and students. These inspiring stories only happen with your support. Each year, educator applicants far outnumber the amount of grants we have to invest. Your support can help spur more innovation throughout Union County by investing in the people who make our education system run. Give back to teachers and students through Union County Education Foundation with a tax-deductible gift.

View our 2017 LIFT Grant recipients

View our 2016 LIFT Grant Recipients

View our 2015 LIFT Grant Recipients

The first LIFT grants (or mini-grants as they were called then) were awarded in March of 2013 to 17 UCPS teachers. Click on our Lift Impact Map to see our results since then.

Watch us surprise Blair Austin, Sardis Elementary, with the first LIFTed Higher grant.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any UCPS teacher who works with children the majority of the day. We’ve funded projects for music teachers, art teachers, media center coordinators, speech pathologists, physical education teachers, drama teachers, elementary, middle and high teachers in all subjects.

When will I receive the funds?

The funds, made out to your school, are distributed in October and mailed via school courier shortly after the awards are announced.

When can I apply?

The online application is available in May. Teachers can submit their applications anytime over the summer or when they return to school in August.

Who makes the decisions?

The volunteer committee is composed of Union County Education Foundation Board members and retired UCPS educators. Deadline: Second Friday in September