In 1994, a cross-section of community members who support the Longview Independent School District created the Longview ISD Foundation, Inc. to enrich and maximize the quality of classroom education in the Longview Independent School District.  The Foundation's Board of Directors, businesses, corporations, community members and LISD employees who support the Foundation believe that creative and innovative approaches to teaching can benefit our students and increase student achievement.  Because of this belief, the Foundation has created a permanent endowment fund to provide annual funding for the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program.
 
The 2019 Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program, specifically designed for classroom teachers, counselors, librarians, and campus nurses across Longview, will fund creative teaching approaches and innovative projects with the hope that the best ones will serve as pilot projects for broader implementation.  Funding not otherwise available for such projects will be funded from $100 up to $2,500.
 
The Longview ISD Foundation announced the 24th annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program at the Longview ISD convocation in August.  The Foundation is now accepting applications through December 10, 2018. 
 
Applicants may submit a paper application or submit an online application at www.lisdfoundation.org.  The Foundation’s grants committee will consider how compatible the applicant’s project/program is with the district’s goals, the school’s or department’s mission or philosophy, campus improvement plan, or district improvement plan when making grant funding decisions. The grants committee’s goal is to fund innovative programs which stimulate thought and student achievement or address needs, challenges, and concerns unique to the applicant’s campus. 
 
If LISD applicants have any questions, they may contact Kay Ray, the Foundation’s executive director, at 903-452-7015 or by email at gray@lisd.org.
 
The Foundation looks forward to receiving many grant applications from across the district and is proud to provide funding for the twenty-fourth annual Great Rewards for Great Ideas Grant Program.
 
Since May 1996, the Foundation has funded 668 grants through the Great Rewards for Great Ideas Program, returning $701,431.90 to Longview ISD classrooms, enabling innovative teachers, counselors, librarians, and nurses to create new educational programs or to enhance existing ones so that they can provide the best instruction possible to all students.  These grants have funded programs and projects for students of all ability levels and in a variety of disciplines.  In addition to strengthening academics, the grants have also funded projects in music, art, technology, character education, health and physical education, and guidance and counseling.