Now accepting applications


Our students are critical partners in making our schools a better place to be and learn.
Through our Student Grants, we will support innovative ideas developed and championed by our next generation of leaders.

Investing in innovative Student ideas

The San Luis Coastal Education Foundation (SLCEF) is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Fund-4-Students grant program.

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, November 10, 2019.

Are you student at San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay or Pacific Beach High Schools? Do you have an idea for a program, project, activity or strategy that would improve your high school experience? Through this year’s Fund-4-Students grants, the San Luis Coastal Education Foundation is looking to support innovative students ideas that answer the question,

“What can we do to make our school a better place where students want to be and learn?”

With awards up to $1,000, SLCEF’s Fund-4-Student grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative student ideas to improve the educational experience.  


Individual or teams of 9th - 12th grade students from San Luis Obispo, Morro Bay or Pacific Beach High Schools are eligible to apply for funding to support projects or activities designed to begin during the 2019-20 school year. Grants may fund program or project materials, equipment, training, or any activity which supports higher levels of student engagement, equity, innovation, achievement, social and emotional well-being, and other activities that align with District and Foundation priorities.

Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to proposals submitted by individual or teams of students. A total of five awards will be made for the 2019-20 school year. Successful proposals will be publicly announced.

SLCEF will not fund proposals to:

  • Support costs associated with fundraisers or fundraising activities.

  • Pay off past debts or existing obligations.

  • Support organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or religious affiliation.

  • Support organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to office.

All grants require site level administrative approval, and the approval of any impacted departments.

 Grant proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality. Is the project clearly defined and described? Is there a clear benefit to student’s educational experience and outcomes? Is the goal and benefit clearly defined?

  • Replication/Scalability/Sustainability: Could the project be repeated in another setting? Is there potential for growth of this idea? Can the project continue to develop after the grant?

  • Innovation: Are the project activities engaging and interesting? Are there creative elements to the project?

  • Impact: Is the anticipated impact clear? Are the benefits clearly defined? How many students will be impacted?

  • Measurable Success: Is there a way to know if the outcomes match the stated goals?

Upon submission, the Foundation will route proposals to the appropriate school principal and any other relevant department heads (IT, facilities, etc) to ensure the proposed activities are consistent with existing site and district policies, and can be effectively implemented.

Proposals that receive administrative approval will be submitted to a Grant Review & Selection sub-committee of the Foundation Board.

Additional Questions?
The Foundation will host three grants workshops to answer questions and support students in the development of proposals. Workshops will be held:

Morro Bay High School
Monday, October 28, 2019
12:50pm - 1:25pm (lunch hour)
MBHS Library

San Luis Obispo High School
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
3:30pm - 4:30pm
SLOHS Library Conference Room

Pacific Beach High School
Date and time pending