Grants and Scholarships

For Good. For Ever.

The Plainview Area Endowment was created for the benefit of the people of Plainview and the surrounding area. Charitable organizations that are located in, or are primarily serving residents of, Plainview and the surrounding area can turn to us for help with projects that address community needs. As a permanent endowment, we ensure that a pool of resources is ready to help today, tomorrow and countless tomorrows to come. 
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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 in Plainview and the surrounding area which are 501(c)(3) or the government equivalent. 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.

The Process

After we receive your complete proposal, copies will be provided to the Advisory Board who will review and provide recommendations. Additional information or a site visit may be requested. You will be notified of the Board’s decision as soon as possible after the meeting at which your application is considered.

How To Apply for a Grant

Deadline: June 1

Start New Application

Click the link below to begin your online grant application.

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

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If you have any questions about the proposal process, please email us at or contact Tami Swoboda at (806) 762-8061.

Sybil Harrington Endowment for the Arts

Deadline: January 15

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Information Sheet

The importance of the arts in the life of a community is undeniable. The arts encourage imagination, participation, contemplation and reflection, give us a view of the future, link us to the past, express emotion and feeling, open new avenues of communication and enhance learning. The arts enrich our everyday lives and define us as a great community. Sybil Harrington truly believed this and she was a tremendous supporter of the arts during her lifetime. The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts will provide opportunities for the growth of the arts community and will also assure the availability of diverse cultural experiences for the citizens of Lubbock and Hale counties.

Support from the Sybil B. Harrington Endowment for the Arts is restricted to organizations in Lubbock and Hale Counties that are 501(c)(3) or equivalent. Grants may be made for start-up funding, general operating support, program support, equipment and facilities, emergency needs and demonstration programs. Grants will not be made 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.

Applications are due on or before January 15 of each year. For more information, please contact Denise Oviedo at (806) 762-8061 or via email at


Mini-Grants for Teachers

Deadline: June 15

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 1997, mini-grants totaling $473,000 have provided enriching classroom experiences for over 600 teachers and thousands of students.

In 2019, close to 70 teachers in Lubbock and the surrounding South Plains school districts requested mini-grants, and over half of them received the funds requested. This program is funded exclusively through local private donations and granted out more than $40,000 in mini-grants to teachers in 2019.

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:

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Information Sheet

Sample Reviewer Evaluation Form

Final Report Form

Budget Worksheet


IMG_1886Every 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.

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 15
  • 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. The committee members do not know the identity of the teacher and school. 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 Program.


Donors interested in supporting the educational needs of area students, can turn to the Plainview Area Endowment 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. 

Association of Texas Leaders for Education Scholarship

Deadline: March 15

This scholarship was established by the Association of Texas Leaders for Education (ATLE) for Texas resident graduating seniors who will be attending a Texas school to pursue a secondary education.


  • Graduating senior
  • A 3.5 or higher GPA
  • Financial need may be considered
  • Demonstrated service to community and to school
  • Intent to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or technical school in Texas during the fall semester following graduation from high school with the intent of receiving a degree
  • Positive personal, school, and community references


Community Foundation of West Texas
6102 82nd Street, Suite #8B
Lubbock, TX 79424

Bill Mulder SEAL Spirit Award

Deadline: March 29

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 for which Bill was known.


  • 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
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA


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

Clay R. Warren Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 26

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 School Choral Music Department.

Selection Criteria

  • Weighed equally-academic standing, citizenship and financial need


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

Plainview High School Class of 1965 Endowed 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.


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

Selection Criteria

  • Academic standing
  • Personal integrity and determination
  • Outstanding woman on even numbered years; outstanding man, on odd


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