For Faculty & Staff


"These are busy, creative times!"

Becca Fasciano, HMS Science Teacher

The LSF hopes to support you in bringing something new and innovative to your classroom, your grade level, your school, and/or the district.

What is your vision of ways to enhance education or your classroom? Can we help you test out an idea? Perhaps you want to pilot a new classroom or outside of classroom project, approach or program? Have you heard about an innovative professional development program? Would you like time for a learning visit to another school or a conference? Are there new technologies that you would like to explore? Feel free to partner with your grade-level team, other faculty members, administration, parents, or community organizations.  

How do you get started?

Applying for a grant is simple and straightforward. First, meet with your principal to discuss your grant idea. Once you have thought it through with your principal and colleagues, start writing your application. (If you are at an earlier stage than writing an application, feel free to use the Idea Generator link form on this page to discuss your idea with an LSF board member.) To make it easier to collaborate with colleagues, get signatures, and submit, grant applications are available as a Google Doc. Once completed and approved by your principal and Rob Ford (when applicable), finished applications may be shared electronically through Google Docs, submitted in LSF grant boxes in school offices, personally delivered to any LSF Trustee, or mailed to Lincoln School Foundation, PO Box 256, Lincoln, MA 01773.

Grants may be submitted outside of the LSF grant cycle window at any time. This is then called an Out-of-Cycle grant.

What's the process?

Your grant will be reviewed by the LSF Board during our annual Grant Review sessions held in March and April. You will be assigned a Board Liaison to help answer any questions during the grant review process. Grants are typically awarded by mid-May, and are published in our spring newsletter and in the Lincoln Journal. Out-of-Cycle Grants are awarded after a review by the LSF Board. If you receive a grant award, you will be asked to submit and send a letter to the families of children who benefited from the grant, highlighting the grant, its outcomes and findings/benefits. 

Are you interested in trying something new but are not sure what is possible? We’ve generated some of our own ideas, and would love to share them with you.


Can we set up a dedicated MakerSpace, or can we bring a mini MakerSpace to your classroom? The space at Hanscom began as an after school club, and evolved into an incredible resource for the school. For ideas on how you might get started in your classroom, visit the Lesley STEAM Lab (Cambridge), and Parts & Crafts (Somerville).

Peer Observation

Would you like to spend time visiting another classroom at Smith or Brooks, but need to cover the cost of a substitute teacher? We’d like to help.

Local Resources

We are fortunate to be surrounded by an exceptional number of schools and cultural institutions, all of which have unique ideas to offer and which present opportunities for teacher idea sharing. Lincoln Nursery School, Birches, and The Carroll School are within a mile of our campus. The deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park is a short walk from the Brooks parking lot. How might you collaborate or learn from them?

Get Outside

We have partnered with the LLCT to produce naturalist guides, and combined with the Pollinator Meadow and Wetlands Walkway, there are opportunities right outside the school to bring nature into the curriculum and classroom. How can we help?


The Idea Generator

Click the button below to access our simple Idea Generator form. In a few short questions you’ll share your idea, and a trustee of the LSF will contact you to discuss. We can help you research applicable programs or figure out a plan for implementation so that you feel ready to apply for a grant. We are excited to hear from you!

Important Dates

2019 Grant Cycle
December 10 to March 1

Application Review
March and April

2019-20 Grants Awarded

How to Apply

To make it easier to collaborate with colleagues, get signatures, and submit, you can now fill out the grant application as a Google Doc

Or, if you prefer, download the Grant Application Form (pdf).

Guidelines & Criteria

Grant Application Guidelines (pdf)

Criteria for Evaluation of Grant Applications (pdf)

Out-of Cycle Grants

Have an innovative idea, but the grant cycle has closed? You may apply for an Out-of-Cycle Grant. Send inquiries to grants@  

Follow-up for Grant Recipients

Grants in Action Information
For guidelines on how to manage your grant, click here.

Final Grant Report
Our final grant report is a letter notifying the families of impacted students about the benefits of the grant and is sent home in backpacks and posted in the school newsletter(s).

Grant Report Samples:
8th Grade Advisories Update
STE(A)M Robotics
Reclaimed Rope
Oaxacan Weaver

Have Questions?

Email us at grants@