• The Lake Forest Community Education Foundation was founded in 2003 for the purpose of supporting, advancing and enhancing primary and secondary education within the Lake Forest School District.


• The Foundation subsequently established the Lake Forest Community Education Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, an IRS designated 501(c)3 tax exempt organization #22-2804785. The purpose of the Fund was to enable the Foundation to award grants for innovative projects in the classroom.


• The initial contribution of $10,000 establishing the Fund came from a Certificate of Deposit held by the Lake Forest Athletic Boosters. An additional $5,000 was contributed to the Fund in 2005 by the Lake Forest Central Elementary School Parent/Teacher/Student Organization. In 2008, an additional $1,000 from the Lake Forest North Parent/Teacher Organization was contributed.


• Distributions of interest income from the Fund are available in the form of grants each year. Additional income to support grants is generated through fund raising activities. An Advisory Committee recommends grant distributions from the Fund and monitors the use of monies.


• The Fund Agreement specifies that the Advisory Committee be composed of a representative from the Lake Forest Community Education Foundation, a representative from the Lake Forest Athletic Boosters, a member of the Lake Forest School Board and a teacher from the Lake Forest School District. Additional members may be added.


• Grants have been distributed each year to teachers within the Lake Forest School District. 

  • In 2004, there were seven grants for a total of $3,224.
  • In 2005, there were seven grants for a total of $3,000.
  • In 2006, there were ten grants for a total of $3,686.
  • In 2007, there were ten grants for a total of $3,105.
  • In 2008, there were twelve grants for a total of $3,845
  • In 2009, there were eleven grants for a total of $4,159
  • In Fall 2010 and Winter 2011, there were ten grants for a total of $4,135
  • In Fall 2011, there were eight grants for a total of $3,956
  • In Fall 2012, there were eight grants for a total of $3,377
  • In Fall 2013, there were six grants for a total of $2,931
  • In Fall 2014, there were eleven grants for a total of $5,340.48
  • In Fall 2015, there were five grants for a total of $2,397.32.
  • In Fall 2016, there were seven grants for a total of $4,442.00 
  • School Year 2017-2018, there were six grants for a total of $4,365.96 


• Over the fourteen year history of the grant program, 118 grants totaling  $52,463.76 have been awarded to teachers in the Lake Forest School District


• The goal of the Foundation is to award grants from the Fund each year while preserving the original principal. Interest earned, contributions and fund raisers make this possible.


• Tax deductible contributions to the Lake Forest Community Education Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation can be made any time at the DCF website: www.delcf.org.