December 15, 2018

Teacher Mini-Grants

The 33 Foundation are available for District 33 teachers are designed to help teachers develop and implement projects or programs that cannot otherwise be funded through the school budget.

Yearly, funding is set aside for the Mini-Grant program.  In the past, we have awarded 8-12 mini-grants each year and the amounts of the awards have varied greatly (some as low as $50 and others as high as $1,000) but have averaged somewhere around $300-$500.

The Foundation has several goals in providing this program. We want to encourage innovation and creativity in the classroom and impact as many teachers and students as possible. Along with these key criteria, successful applications must provide a direct educational benefit to the students. Specific questions used to evaluate applications include:

  1. Is the statement of the proposed project clear?
  2. Are the objectives clearly stated? Are they realistic?
  3. Are the procedures and/or processes to be followed clearly described? Are the methods, needed materials, resource personnel, tentative schedule and completion dates specified?
  4. Are the plans for evaluating the project suited to the nature of the project?
  5. Is the budget request reasonable and sufficiently detailed?
  6. Is the proposed program innovative? Is this a new project (as opposed to similar projects operating in the District?)
  7. Does the project have a promise of benefiting students in the school in which it is being conducted or the system as a whole.

*Please note that grants will not be made only for hardware and equipment items

All applications will be evaluated by an elected committee within the District 33 Foundation for Educational Excellence.  For a PDF version of the application click here.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Awards will be announced as applications are processed. Questions can be answered by contacting Rich Nagel at