Horizon Education Grant


ince 1996, we have proudly served the communities of Fort Lawn, Great Falls, and all of Lancaster County. As we grow a healthier community, together, the Arras Foundation is committed to supporting educators and their work to create innovative learning opportunities for students. We want all students to thrive and reach their full potential!

The Horizon Education Grant promotes collaboration between educators, parents and students in shared projects and activities. Educators have the option to apply for two Horizon Education grants during the school year, one $500 grant and one multi-educator grant up to $2,000.

The Youth Review Committee is the body responsible for reviewing and approving all grant applications. This committee provides an opportunity for students to get involved in community activity, explore the world of philanthropy, and aid in innovation within the school system. Students from the University of South Carolina Lancaster (USCL), Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land, Lancaster, Great Falls, and Lewisville High Schools make up the Horizon Education Grant Youth Review Committee.

Check out how Van Wyck Elementary School utilized the Horizon Education Grant!

↓ Check out how Van Wyck Elementary School utilized the Horizon Education Grant! ↓

Grantseekers must complete these steps:

Horizon Education Grant applications are now being accepted for SY23-24. 

Grantseekers must complete these steps:

Watch the “Community Indicators” video and identify two (2) or more community indicator areas that your proposal is intended to strengthen.

Watch video here.

Read more about our 11 Community Indicators here.

Review the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate and identify one (or more) from the three attributes on which your proposal will focus.

See profile here.

Grantseekers must seek approval for their proposal from school leadership.

Collaborate with a student or parent on your ideas or classroom needs.

For teachers at the early childhood or elementary level (3K through 5th grade), collaboration with at least one parent; for teachers at the middle, high and post-secondary level, collaboration with at least one student.

Complete an application through our grant portal!

Don’t forget to save your username and password somewhere you won’t forget!

Application Checklist

Budget Spreadsheet (Editable)

Please see FAQs below.

If you have any questions regarding Horizon Education Grants or the application process, please contact Elizabeth Howe.

Horizon Education Grant applications are now being accepted for SY23-24.

Horizon Youth Review Committee

Our Youth Review Committee reviews all submitted Horizon Education Grant applications and makes final funding decisions with guidance from Arras Foundation Trustees and staff. The committee is comprised of students at the six area high schools and USC-Lancaster. On a monthly basis, the Youth Review Committee is exposed to professional and leadership development opportunities, in addition to practice with grantmaking.

Are you a high school or university student in Lancaster County, Fort Lawn, or Great Falls interested in joining the Horizon Youth Review Committee? APPLY HERE!

2023-2024 Youth Review Committee Members:

Lauren Bolton, Lewisville High School
Karli Faulkenberry, Buford High School
Kenley HensonGreat Falls High School
Caryss Jordan
, Andrew Jackson High School
Ryan McGeeUSC Lancaster
Jordan Parham, Lewisville High School
Kinsley PriceGreat Falls High School
Damon RojasGreat Falls High School
Tanner SellersBuford High School
Isabella Thorpe, Indian Land High School
Zan WallaceLewisville High School

Frequently Asked Questions

All educators that teach/work at a publicly funded pre-k, elementary school, middle school, high school, or college in Lancaster County, Great Falls, or Lewisville area may be eligible for a Horizon Education Grant.

Horizon Education Grants are up to $500 for an individual application, or up to $2,000 for a multi-educator application (up to $500 each per 4 educators).

All Horizon grants are reviewed and decided upon by our Youth Review Committee, with guidance from Arras Foundation staff and trustees.

No! Grants are awarded on an individual basis. We have granted projects with timelines as short as a week and as long as a year.

Grants can be used for a variety of projects. They can be for experiential learning, tangible classroom needs, etc. We want our grants to encourage innovative teaching and learning in classrooms, so we want to hear your ideas!

The Foundation discourages applications for materials that would be provided by your administration (laptops, printers, etc.).

The Youth Review Committee is made up of high school students and/or university students in Lancaster County (AJ, Buford, Indian Land, Lancaster High Schools), Great Falls, and Fort Lawn.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please complete this application.

Your application will be reviewed by the current Youth Review Committee, and you’ll be invited to participate in an interview. Interviews will take place on May 11, 2024.

Please contact Elizabeth Howe at ehowe@arrasfoundation.org or call the Arras Foundation at 803-286-8772.