Grant Programs

Grant Opportunities!

Since 1990, CU Schools Foundation has accepted applications from educators in the Champaign and Urbana public schools, and awarded MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS based on these proposals. We fund a broad spectrum of projects to help children of all ages and all levels of accomplishment. The benefits of these projects continue long after the initial investment. READ MORE about how CU Schools Foundation grants are making a difference in our schools.

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The Gift of Music and A Gift for the Fine Arts

Thanks to the generosity of a private donor, CU Schools Foundation is able to offer two new grant programs: The Gift of Music and A Gift for the Fine Arts.

The Gift of Music’s goal is to support and enhance K-12 music education in Champaign Unit 4 schools, and A Gift for the Fine Arts’ goal is support and enhance fine arts education in Urbana School District #116 elementary schools.  Both grant programs have a spring and fall application window. A selection committee reviews proposals and recipients are announced in May and December.  Activities considered for funding include student attendance at a performance, guest artist or artist-in-residence programs, instrument purchase, fine arts focused field trips or school related performances.

Congratulations to our latest GIFT GRANT recipients!

A Gift for the Fine Arts
Meagan Tipton | Yankee Ridge Elementary | Gamelan Engagement
Lane Cannon-Gjerde | Dr. Williams Elementary | Exploring Theater
Rusty Clevenger | Dr. Williams Elementary | American Landscape
Audrey Vallance | Wiley Elementary | Drums for Wiley
Cara Maurizi | King Elementary | Opera for the Young

The Gift of Music
Karinsa Moline | Southside Elementary | Krannert Center Youth Series Field Trip
Nick Schulze, John Currey and Christi Lohrberg | Central High School, Centennial High School, Jefferson Middle School | Bringing Jazz to Life: Using Performance to Bring Jazz History to the Modern Jazz Student
Abby Crull | Westview Elementary | Uke Can Do It
Emily Kuchenbrod | Kenwood Elementary | An American In Paris, Kenwood in Chicago


INVEST. DEVELOP. ELEVATE. ACHIEVE.

We offer three levels of I.D.E.A. Grants.

COMPACT GRANTS
COMPACT GRANTS are for small projects up to $250.00 and are randomly drawn.
The application window for COMPACT GRANTS is typically in the fall, after the school year begins. We awarded 23 Compact Grants in September 2016. Click HERE for a list of 2016 Compact Grant Recipients.

 


COMPETITIVE GRANTS
Competitive Grants are for medium sized projects up to $1,000.00 ($500.00 for a single educator and $1,000 if partnering with another educator) and are selected based on classroom innovation, creativity, and student ownership of learning.

The application window for COMPACT GRANTS is typically in the fall, after the school year begins. We awarded 13 Competitive Grants in September 2016. Click HERE for a list of 2016 Competitive Grant Recipients.


COLLABORATIVE GRANTS

Collaborative Grants are for large cross district projects up to $5,000.00. They are selected using criteria listed on the grant application. Projects must serve both Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana School District 116.

We will be awarding at least three NEW COLLABORATIVE GRANTS in the 2017-2018 school year. The application window for COLLABORATIVE GRANTS is typically in the summer, and the awards are announced on the first day of the new school year.

LEARN MORE about our 2016-2017 Collaborative Grant recipient.
LEARN MORE about our 2015-2016 Collaborative Grant recipient.


Cross District Career Awareness Grant

Launched in the fall of 2016, this new grant category is designed to enhance and support career awareness opportunities for public school students in grades 6-10. Like COLLABORATIVE GRANTS, the application window is in the summer, and the awards are announced on the first day of the new school year. LEARN MORE about our 2016-2017 Career Awareness Grant recipient.


Other CUSF Grants

Bob Smith Grant—Supports special activities or efforts to benefit the music program at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Champaign. ($2,900 available)

Cupcake Grant—CUSF’s Peer Recognition Award Program encourages teachers to nominate fellow teachers whose exemplary service, extra efforts, enthusiastic attitude and innovative ideas noticeably benefit their students.  ($500-$1,000) CLICK HERE FOR NOMINATION INFORMATION