Small Grants



Chicago Foundation for Education Small Grants fund the implementation of classroom and school-wide curricular projects that respond to the specific academic, social, and emotional needs of a student population. Grants of up to $600 are available to fund books, supplies, materials, field trips, or any other items that will deepen student engagement and promote active learning. Each application is evaluated by a minimum of three CFE volunteers who use a common rubric to assess how the teachers determined student needs.


Sample Small Grant Projects / 2015-16 Winners

315 teachers across 363 CPS schools earned 282 grants of up to $600 each in December 2015. Titles of winnng projects include:

  • Learning to Love Reading – Samantha Talbot (Edison Park ES)
  • Community Kids! – Margaret Lanigan (Mt. Greenwood ES)
  • Bridge Building – Sarah Joe (William B. Ogden ES)
  • Word Detectives – Julianne Burke (Hampton Fine and Performing Arts ES)
  • Cultivating Character through Code – Kat Henry (Pulaski International ES)

Dates and Deadlines

  • 2016-17 Application is now closed. Award Notifications will be sent in early December 2016 via email.
  • Implementation: January through May 2017


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