Carmel Sheppard Mini-Grant

Carmel Sheppard was passionate about equity in academic and social experiences for all students and their families. Carmel was committed to increasing success and graduation opportunities for her students, and the caring involvement of the adults in students' lives. She embraced every adult as a partner in student success. Carmel was a true champion of all children.

To continue her legacy, the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln Community Learning Centers have developed mini grant opportunities to support the Community Response and Family Engagement efforts through the CLCs. The proposed grants will support opportunities for family engagement that are linked to learning, build capacity of all family members and promote opportunities for connection and sense of belonging.

Applications may be submitted through the CLC office. Mini grant requests may not exceed $1,500

Bair Playground Fund

In 2007, Harley and Shirley Bair established the Bair Playground Endowment fund to provide annual funds to update and renovate playgrounds at Lincoln Public Elementary Schools. School playgrounds provide students with opportunities for physical and social development and build strong and safe neighborhoods. These funds are provided to upgrade, replace and repair playgrounds and equipment to increase student’s experiences and to promote healthy children through exercise. Any Lincoln Public "K-5" School can apply for this annual grant through this application process that will include a description of the benefits of the playground upgrade including a budget for the process. The applications will be reviewed by a Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools committee to include a Physical Education specialist, a representative from Facilities & Maintenance as well as the Wellness Coordinator, and a final selection made. All selections will require an approval from LPS Facilities and Maintenance Department. Applications will be posted in January and selected by March of each year so that renovations can be completed over the summer months.

Applications open in January, Selections in March 


Sue and Roger Kirby Science Enhancement Fund

Do you have a great idea for a research project? Maybe you want to take your students on a scientific adventure, or learn something new about the world of science through hands-on activities! Whatever your reason, the Sue and Roger Kirby Science Enhancement Fund is a way to make your idea into a reality. This fund also provides a $150 stipend to faculty who work with students who have been awarded funding.  In return, the faculty advisor is expected to hold regular mentoring sessions over the course of the project to encourage, motivate and guide students through the process.

This fund finances research projects (minimum grant of $200 and maximum grant of $1000), proposed by teachers. Be ready with a concrete outline, including a title, a brief description of the project, 1-3 goals, and a research method.

Todd Francis Creative Research Scholarship Awards

The Todd Francis Creative Research Scholarship Awards were initiated in 1991 as a memorial to Todd Francis's passion in science, language, and the humanities. Over 13 years, 90 projects have been funded, involving over 205 students and over 30 faculty members. Support will be provided for projects that stimulate creativity, and involve actions that benefit society. 

Students are encouraged to think about a topic, do preliminary research, and develop a budget (maximum is negotiable, and typically in the range of $200 - $500). The proposal will be discussed with the student's faculty advisor, who will make some changes and send the form to the selection committee!

Victor Vaughan Special Project Grant

Larry and Ruth Vaughan established this fund in 1990 in memory of their son, Victor Vaughan. Victor showed persistence in developing his talents and skills in the Lincoln Public Schools. These talents and skills allowed Vic to succeed as a member of the 84th Army Band in Europe after his graduation from Lincoln High School in 1963. Interest earned from this endowment fund will be used for teachers in the Lincoln Public Schools who need financial assistance to carry out a special project of a creative nature, or a proposal that would help many special education students. Award amount will vary each year.

Any Lincoln Public Schools teacher is eligible for this award. Selection for the award will be facilitated by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. 

Requests for special education projects shall receive first consideration.

This application will close November 9, 2018