The Hockley County Endowment was created in 2006 to improve the quality of life in Hockley County through philanthropy. The Endowment, established by generous donors, provides grants to nonprofit organizations and educational programs to carry on their work in our community.
Who Do We Fund?
Grantmaking policy and grant award recommendations are made by the Hockley County Endowment Advisory Board. The Endowment restricts its support to organizations serving Hockley County which are 501(c)(3) or the government equivalent. Grants may be made for start-up funding, general operating support, program support and demonstration programs. 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 depending on the type of fund from which resources are provided. Grant applications are accepted from March 1 through May 31.
After we receive your complete proposal, copies will be provided to the Advisory Board who will review and provide comments. Additional information or a site visit may be requested. The Grants Committee will make recommendations to the Advisory Board. All applicants are required to make a presentation.
You will be notified of the Board’s decision as soon as possible after the Board meeting at which your application is considered.
How To Apply for a Grant
Applications Accepted: March 1 – May 31
Mini-Grants for Teachers
The Hockley County Endowment wants you to know about a program offered by the Community Foundation of West Texas specifically for K-12 schools in the South Plains area including both public and private schools. 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 Hockley County are encouraged to apply!
The Foundation has a grant program for K-12 schools (public and private) in the South Plains area. This program provides small grants to elementary and secondary school teachers to enable them to try out creative teaching techniques and buy enriching teaching materials not provided for in school budgets.
In 2016, 75 teachers in the Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains school districts requested mini-grants, and 42 teachers received the funds requested. This program is funded exclusively through local private donations, and granted out nearly $30,000 in mini-grants to teachers.
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 – $1,000 range. Depending on the project, the maximum may exceed $1,000.
- Application Deadline: June 15
- Grants Announced: August
- Grants Payable to Schools: August
- Project Evaluation and Reports Due: May of following year
Mini Grants Criteria
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: Creativity of project; innovative approach; 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 for Teachers program.
Donors interested in supporting the educational needs of area students, can turn to the Hockley County 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.