It’s My I.D.E.A. Grant Program

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A GIFT FOR THE FINE ARTS
(Fall 2016 application window: October 1-November 14)

A Gift for the Fine Arts is a merit based grant program with both a spring and fall application deadline. To apply, you must be a K-5th grade Music, Art, Dance, or Drama teacher in Urbana School District #116. Preference is given to projects with a  music focus. Activities may benefit a classroom, grade level, whole or multiple schools. Specific activities that will be considered for funding are:

  • Student attendance to a performance—music (instrumental/choral), dance, theater or multidisciplinary performance (Example: KCPA Youth Series)
  • A fine arts focused field trip (Example: Chicago Art Institute)
  • School related performance (Example: Opera for the Young)
  • A guest artist or artist in residence program (Example: Nightmusic Brass Quintet)

The cost of relevant instructional resources, student resource materials, musical instruments and equipment (purchase, repair, and maintenance) are also eligible.

Download the forms For A GIFT FOR THE FINE ARTS:

APPLICATION          SIGNATURE PAGE         BUDGET FORM          SAMPLE FINAL REPORT          

To see a sample budget for A Gift for the Fine Arts click BUDGET SAMPLE.

THE GIFT OF MUSIC
(Fall 2016 application window: October 1-November 14)

The Gift of Music is a merit based grant program with both a spring and fall application deadline. To apply, you must be a K-12 music education teacher in Unit 4. Preference is given to projects with a classical music focus. Activities may benefit a classroom, grade level, whole or multiple schools. Specific activities that will be considered for funding are:

  • Student attendance at an instrumental, choral, operatic or musical theater performance (Example -KCPA Youth Series)
  • School related performance (Example -Opera for the Young Program)
  • A guest artist or artist in residence program (Example –Jazz Clinic with Ron Carter)

The cost of relevant instructional resources, student resource materials, musical instruments and equipment (purchase, repair, and maintenance) are also eligible.

Download the forms below for THE GIFT OF MUSIC:

APPLICATION          SIGNATURE PAGE          BUDGET FORM          SAMPLE FINAL REPORT

To see a sample budget for The Gift of Music click BUDGET SAMPLE

To see a list of proposals selected for funding in the Spring 2016 application process click HERE.


IDEA_Grants_updated_tagSince 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.

If you’d like to invest in classroom innovation, consider making a gift today.


Congratulations 2016 I.D.E.A. Grant Recipients!

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Urbana School Board President John Dimit and Champaign School Board President Chris Kloeppel assist CUSF Executive Director Molly Delaney with the Compact IDEA Grant Drawing on September 29, 2016.

COMPACT GRANTS
Compact grants are for small projects up to $250.00 and are randomly drawn.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. We awarded 13 Competitive Grants in September 2016. Click HERE for a list of 2016 Competitive Grant Recipients.

Thank you to Urbana Public Television for broadcasting our 2016 I.D.E.A. Grant announcement. To view the broadcast, click HERE.

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.

Our 2016 Collaborative Grant–CREATING SUSTAINABLE NUTRITION THROUGH EDUCATION–brings together 100 students from Urbana High School and Edison Middle School to build solar distillation units harvest water and make it potable for consumption, plant seeds, test soil, create Farm-to-Table menus and generate hands-on connecitons between scientific theory and practice. Congratulations to Edison teachers Julie Anders and Karen Easton and Urbana High School teachers Kris Sherrick, Becky Webber, Joan White, Amanda Rosser. Their team will received nearly $5,000 to implement their project in the fall of 2016. READ MORE.

Collaborative Grant partners Becky Weber, Amanda Rosser, Joan White, Maggie Maxstadt, Julie Anders, Karen Easton and Kris Sherrick.

Grant partners Becky Weber, Amanda Rosser, Joan White, Maggie Maxstadt, Julie Anders, Karen Easton and Kris Sherrick.


 NEW Career Awareness Grant!

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CUSF Donors James and Karen McKechnie (center) pose with recipients of the Career Awareness Grant at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. Congratulations to UHS teachers Pam Furrer, Amanda Rosser, Kris Sherrick and Kyle Thomas and Unit 4 teachers Bard Anderson, Robin Bidwell, Marc Changnon and Dave Johnson.

We  kicked off the 2016-2017 school year by announcing the recipients of our first Cross-District Career Awareness Grant. The project selected for funding, CAREER REALISM, is designed to help ninth and tenth graders research and explore careers they might not have considered, in high demand fields such as culinary science, welding, health care, veterinary medicine, carpentry, engineering, child development, and more. It involves two school districts, three high schools, eight teachers, seven community partners and approximately 150 students.

Congratulations to Champaign Unit 4 teachers Brad Anderson, Robin Bidwell , Marc Changnon and Dave Johnson, and Urbana teachers Pam Furrer, Amanda Perez, Kyle Thomas and Kris Sherrick. Their team will receive $3,090 to implement this project in the coming year. READ MORE.

Cross District Career Awareness Grants enhance and support career awareness opportunities for public school students in grades 6-10.

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)