The Foundation administers its own grants program to benefit The School District of Lee County. These grants provide an opportunity for educators and administrators to purchase the tools necessary to create innovative learning experiences and hands-on activities for students. Awarded projects must enhance student learning and present a unique perspective on traditional subject areas.

Funded projects have included utilizing manipulatives to teach math, hiking in the Everglades to explore Florida’s natural resources, planting a vegetable garden to learn the life cycle of plants, and creating multi-media presentations to teach students new forms of technology.

Since its inception, this program has awarded more than $1,000,000 to fund these innovative projects.


Classroom Grant categories are:

  • Arts

  • Health, Fitness & Nutrition

  • Literacy or Social Studies

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

School & Department Grant Focus Areas are:

  • Career & Technical Education
  • Increasing Graduation Rates

  • Literacy
  • Low-performing Students
  • STEM Education
  • Teacher Quality

How to Apply

The application period is now closed for the 2016-17 school year

Congratulations to all of our awarded grantees!

Click Here to view a Sample Classroom Grants Application
Click Here to view a Sample School & Department Grants Application

Classroom Grants applicants are required to attend a mandatory grant workshop held at The Foundation office (2266 Second St. Fort Myers).
School & Department Grants applicants, or a school representative, are strongly encouraged to attend a grant workshop.

Workshop attendees are required to pre-register by emailing Jan Usas at

Upon completion of the workshop, you will receive an application via email to use for your submission.
Please contact Beverly Burke for additional information.

A selection committee from local businesses and community volunteers selects grant recipients based on available funding.
Grant recipients are required to submit an evaluation report detailing how the project has improved student learning. Photos of the projects and samples of students work are submitted to the Foundation for the sponsors and selection committee to review.