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Plainview Area Endowment Grants

Who Do We Fund?

Grantmaking policy and grant award recommendations are made by the Plainview Area Endowment Advisory Board. The Endowment restricts its support to organizations serving the Plainview area 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, but can not exceed $5,000.

Grant applications are accepted from May 1 through July 31.

Once your online application is completed you will receive an email confirming a successful application submission. The email should not say saved, but SUBMITTED for it to be considered. If you do not receive this email, please contact us so we may further assist you.

Grant applicants can expect to receive notification two months after the application deadline.

NOTICE: to apply you must register as a new applicant (located under the email box)
for access to the scholarship applications.

If you have already started an application, click here.

The Process

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

Deadline: July 31

We’ve moved to a new online application system! To apply, please click the button below. You will be redirected to our online grants system website.

Already started your application?

Click the button below to log in and make changes to an existing grant application.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact Denise Oviedo at or by calling (806) 762-8061. 

Mini-Grants for Teachers

Deadline: June 1

Plainview and surrounding area schools are eligible for a program offered by the Community Foundation of West Texas specifically for K-12 schools in the South Plains area. 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 Plainview and the surrounding area are encouraged to apply!

Since the program's inception in 1998, mini-grants totaling upwards of $584,880 have provided over 552 teachers and thousands of students an enriching classroom experience.

29 teachers in Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains school districts received mini-grants for the 2023-2024 school year. This program is funded exclusively through local private donations and granted out more than $25,162 in mini-grants to teachers in 2023.

The final grant report must be submitted from previous years before reapplying. 

To Apply

Click on the following links to obtain an application form and sample materials that are intended to assist you in submitting your proposal:

Apply Here

Information Sheet

Budget Worksheet


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. Before applying, please make sure the request is approved through your school. Only one grant will be awarded per individual per year. 

Grant Amounts

The typical grant award is in the $500 – $1,500 range. Depending on the project, the maximum may exceed $1,500.


  • Application Deadline: June 1

  • 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. 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: Innovative approach making learning memorable; enhance 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

Excluded Projects

Mini-grant applications will not be considered for:

  1. Renovation of facilities;

  2. Religious activities or teachings;

  3. Equipment that is not an integral part of the project;

  4. Non-academic projects;

  5. Trips out of this region; or

  6. Tuition for special classes

  7. 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.


Bill Mulder SEAL Spirit Award


This scholarship was established by Melissa and Leland Brockman and Pam and Bret Barnett in honor of Bill Mulder.

The William C. "Bill" Mulder SEAL Spirit Scholarship will be presented annually in May to a senior Plainview High School (PHS) athlete who exemplifies many of the traits and attributes that Bill was known for.

- Student should be respectful of teachers, adults, and others
- Demonstrates tenacity toward the objective in athletics and in the classroom
- Demonstrate a "never quit" attitude and encourage the same in others
- Demonstrate leadership and accountability
- Demonstrate a love for others and for country


The student also must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. They should also have a reputation as a hard worker in the classroom as well as in athletics - someone who works hard and puts forth their very best effort.

Counselor, Plainview High School
1501 Quincy Street
Plainview, TX 79072

Clay R. Warren Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established by Mark and Freada Warren in memory of their son Clay, who was tragically killed in 2002. It is because of Clay’s spirit this scholarship was created so that many who have made this possible, can rejoice at the opportunity to help a PHS student of the Choral Music Department performance group member to enroll in a post-secondary education program.


Plainview High School Seniors who are members of a performance group in the Plainview High Choral Music Department.


Weighed equally-academic standing, citizenship and financial need


Counselor, Plainview High School

1501 Quincy Street

Plainview, Texas 79072

Plainview High School Class of 1965 Scholarship

This fund was established by members of the Plainview High School Class of 1965 who have enjoyed telling PHS stories for over 50 years and have decided to celebrate their past by helping future PHS graduates successfully launch their college careers.

Scholarships will rotate yearly with an outstanding woman receiving the scholarship on even numbered years and an outstanding man on odd numbered years.


Graduating Plainview High School seniors who will be attending an accredited college or university


- Academic standing
- Personal integrity and determination


Counselor, Plainview High School
1501 Quincy Street
Plainview, Texas 79072

Tom and Janie Aday Scholarship Fund


- Graduating Plainview High School senior
- Intent to attend either the Texas Tech University Pharmacy School or Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy.

Counselor, Plainview High School
1501 Quincy Street
Plainview, TX 79072

Tomorrow Youth Endowment Scholarship


This fund was established by Mr. John Tye to support the educational endeavors of graduates of Lockney High School.


Graduates of Lockney High School who are or will be attending Texas Tech University with a major in Engineering, Science or Business Administration

Deadline: March 15


Counselor, Lockney High School
Box 1058
Lockney, TX 79241

Use the following link to apply:

Donors interested in supporting the educational needs of area students, can turn to the Community Foundation of West Texas 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 Denise Oviedo at or by calling (806) 762-8061. 

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