Teachers mark your calendars…
CUSF Grant Programs open on October 4th!

Attention Educators with Big IDEAS!

We have extended the deadline to submit the first step for the Collaborative Grant to September 14th.

The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation will award a monetary grant of up to $5,000 to a collaborative team that includes educators from BOTH Urbana District 116 and Champaign Unit 4 School Districts and possible community partners. The purpose of this grant is to encourage collaboration between educators in the two school districts.

Step 1 in applying for this grant is to send us a one page description/outline (a couple of paragraphs will do) explaining what your Project IDEA is. If your IDEA shows promise we will contact you to send us a full proposal.

Grant Opening and Deadline Dates

IDEA Grants

Apply online. Application opens on October 4th – Deadline to apply October 31.

Gift of Music

Unit 4 music teachers only. Application available for download October 4th – Deadline October 31.

A Gift of the Fine Arts

District 116 K-5 Arts teachers only. Applications available for download October 4th – Deadline October 31.

To see a sample of the online IDEA Grant applications:

The Houston Book Grant

This grant addresses the specific request for classroom books (excludes textbooks) that we receive every year. If you are a new teacher and need books to build your classroom library or just need to supplement your existing library of classroom books this is the grant for you. Grant requests for up to $250.00 will be accepted and will be chosen by random drawing.

Vincent O. Greene Grant

This is CUSF’s new financial literacy grant. K-12 teachers in both districts can apply for $500.00- $4,000.00 in funding to implement projects in financial literacy, accounting, math, finance or related subject areas. These grants will be reviewed by a selection committee.

Krannert Youth Series Grants

The purpose of this grant is to encourage student attendance at Krannert Youth Series performances. Funds can be used for buses, substitute teachers or tickets. Grants are for up to $200.00 each with approximately 10 grants given out each year. The grant recipients are chosen through random drawing.

New This Year! CUSF Grant Champions


Starting September 10th. We recruited teachers at every building in both districts to get information out to you and help answer your questions about CUSF Grant Programs.

CUSF Grant Champions sponsored by Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Grant Champions at your school:

Unit 4 Grant Champions
Cassandra Hall – Champaign Early Childhood
Tiffany Blackmon – Barkstall
To be Determined – BT Washington
Amber Owens – Bottenfield
Terese Fairfield – Carrie Busey
Alyssa Woodyard – Dr. Howard
Christina Mitchaner – Garden Hills
Abigail Heras – Int. Prep Academy
Karolina Salaiza – Int. Prep Academy
Emily Kuchenbrod – Kenwood
Alicia Liay von Bodman – Robeson
Mindy Dyson – SouthSide
Jeralyn Goodfellow–Vargas – Stratton
Abby Crull – Westview
Carol Wood – Westview
Jaclyn Johnson–Cross – Edison
Ryan Bosch – Franklin
Heidi Bjerke – Jefferson
Michael Leonard – Jefferson
Shannon Percoco – Centennial
Caroyln Kodes–Atkinson – Central
Emily Pickell – Central
Randi Wenzel – Novak Academy

District 116 Grant Champions
Londa Neely – Urbana Early Childhood
Erica Cooper-Peyton – Dr. Williams
Rusty Clevenger – Dr. Williams
Sara Carrillo – Leal
Ellen Puffer – ML King
Martha Churukian – Thomas Paine
Jill Quisenberry – Wiley
Allison Reif – Yankee Ridge
Laura Hlinka – Urbana MS
Jill Lagerstam – Urbana HS
Marcellos Gray – Urbana Adult Ed.
Jennifer Rohn – Gerber School

The Fall 2018 Gift of Music, Gift for the Fine Arts and Krannert Youth Series Grant awardees have been selected. Click here for more information.