The Foundation offers Student Excellence Grants to CUSD200 educators for new or innovative projects that will enhance the quality of education provided to students. The minimum grant amount is $500. Grants typically range between $500 and $2,500; a larger amount will be considered if the applicant can demonstrate that the project will provide a greater than average benefit to students.
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.
The Foundation will decide whether to resume the grant program for the Spring 2021 round in January 2021. In the meantime, educators are encouraged to consider initiating a Fund-A-Classroom Campaign, which can be done at any time. The Foundation may fund some Fund-A-Classroom Campaigns with budgeted funds until grants are resumed, particularly those that support COVID-19 related needs.
If you are thinking of submitting a grant when applications open again, please review this page on the Student Excellence Foundation website for information about who can apply, and what can and cannot be funded.
How Do I Apply?
Download and review the Quick Start Guide for the basics. Then register as a user at FoundationGive.com with your CUSD200 email address — just click on “Register” in the upper right. (if you are already registered, you don’t need to register again, just log in.) Once you are a registered user, log in and start to enter the information about your proposed grant on the “Grants” page at FoundationGive. Don’t worry, you can save your work and return to it at any time. Just be sure to periodically click on “Save Grant Application” as you work. When you are finished, click on “Save and Submit for Approval”.
The deadline for submitting Spring 2020 Student Excellence Grants on Foundation Give is midnight, February 18, 2020. After you submit your application, your principal and a District administrator will review it to ensure consistency with District policy and to confirm that the project falls outside of the normal operating budget. Then, the Foundation’s grant committee will review it according to the Foundation’s criteria. The final decision is made by the Foundation Board.
Who can submit a Student Excellence Grant request?
Any District 200 school educator who works directly with students (teacher, LLC Director, counselor, social worker, principal, etc.) is eligible to apply for a Student Excellence Grant.
What kinds of projects can be funded by Student Excellence Grants?
- Supports innovation through creative teaching strategies and/or creative materials or equipment
- Supports student collaboration and cooperation
- Supports differentiation, personalization, and individualization of instruction
- Supports CUSD200 FIT goals and/or Social-Emotional Learning
Student Excellence Grants have been used to support these goals by funding classroom materials, books, flexible furniture, technology, and professional development.
Is there anything the Student Excellence Foundation will not fund?
- Supplies, except for unique supplies necessary to support a specific educational initiative
- Textbooks, except for small quantities for innovative/pilot programs
- Subscriptions where the materials or information will become inaccessable or no longer usable after the grant period
- Transportation costs for field trips
- Teacher stipends or salaries
- Expenses that are within normal school operating budgets
- Reimbursement for expenditures made prior to the award of the grant
We work closely with District 200 to ensure that our support is effectively targeted to advance learning consistent with CUSD200 and school goals. Requests for devices or equipment that cannot be supported by the District will not be considered.
Where Does the Funding Come From?
Grants are funded by community donations from businesses and individuals, including educators via the WWEA and parents contributing during school registration.
For more information, contact us at Grants@StudentExcellenceFoundation.org or 630-474-1344.