Our Programs

Young Achievers

The Young Achievers Program begins with each homeroom teacher in both the County and City School Systems selecting a student that exhibits a dedication for learning and is involved in their community. 210 students annually are recognized for their achievements.

Outstanding Teacher Awards

Six new and six outstanding teachers receive recognition for their great work.

Annual Essay Contest

Students in grades 3-8 can participate in this contest that helps prepare them for their annual writing assignment.

Encouraging Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony

Attended by over 1,200 students, teachers, parents, and community members, this event honors our young achievers, outstanding teachers, and essay contest winners with a reception and awards ceremony.

Great Idea! Grants

Teachers have the opportunity to apply for funds for special classroom projects.


Provided to high school seniors from Lenoir City or Loudon County Schools.

Leadership in Loudon County

Community-based leadership program to educate and develop current and future leaders. The sessions include tours of several local industries, businesses, tourist attractions, and government agencies. Plus a visit to Nashville to observe state government in action!

Banking on Education

This annual raffle provides an opportunity for the community to help support our school systems by purchasing a chance to win a prize. Proceeds are used to purchase classroom supplies.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

LCEF is the host organization responsible for fundraising for The Imagination Library. Books are provided to Loudon County children ages 0 - 5 at no charge. LCEF partners with the Governor's Books for Birth Foundation, DentaQuest, Kiwanis, The Good Neighbors Shoppe, United Way, and individual community members to provide this service to Loudon County.

Grant Request Policy and Procedures

In order to facilitate the Loudon County Education Foundation's funding assistance for any and all educational projects for Loudon County and Lenoir City school systems, requests for funding will need to be submitted within a minimum of six months in advance of funding commitment dates and twelve months in advance for award requirements OR applications can be made within the established grant opportunities like Great Idea! Grants and Tate & Lyle Grants, when available.

Any Funds not used in a funding cycle will need to be returned to the Foundation.
Any print materials, presentations, or publicity for the project will need to prominently list the Foundation as a funder for the project.
Contact Michele Lewis at (865) 458-8749 with questions.

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