Educator Funding Options:
The Student Excellence Foundation offers two options for District 200 educators to obtain funding for classroom and school-wide projects, as well as professional development:
Student Excellence Grants are awarded twice a year in a competitive process, based on how well each educator’s grant application meets the Foundation’s criteria aimed at enhancing education in District 200. They are funded by donations received by the Student Excellence Foundation from individuals and businesses in our various fundraising efforts.
Due to COVID-19, the Student Excellence Foundation has decided to forego the Fall 2020 round of Student Excellence Grants. Therefore, we will not be accepting grant applications this Fall, but may use the budgeted funds to support other student needs related to the impact of COVID-19.
Until Student Excellence Grants resume, educators are encouraged to consider initiating a Fund-A-Classroom Campaign, which can be done at any time. The Foundation may consider funding Fund-A-Classroom Campaigns with budgeted funds until grants are resumed, particularly those that support COVID-19 related needs.
Fund-A-Classroom Campaigns are supported by “crowdfunding”, where educators initiate an online campaign on FoundationGive, and are responsible for marketing their project to friends, relatives, parents, and other potential donors. The Student Excellence Foundation does not directly fund these campaigns, although we do provide the FoundationGive platform, as well as supportive marketing to PTA’s and other community groups.
Who can apply for a Student Excellence Grant or Fund-A-Classroom Campaign?
Any District 200 school staff member who works directly with students (teacher, LLC Director, counselor, social worker, principal, etc.) is eligible to apply for a Student Excellence Grant or submit a Fund-A-Classroom request.