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 / 2016-17 Winners

303 teachers across 157 CPS schools earned 277 grants of up to $600 each in December 2016. Titles of winnng projects include:

  • First Grade Film Festival – Sora Lim and Jessica Lopez Rosario (Hibbard ES)
  • Chromebooks to Help Us into the 21st Century! – James Hanley (Stevenson ES)
  • Bringing Our Garden To Life! – Kara Silverglat (AUSL – National Teachers Academy ES)
  • Building Our Own Robots – Kris Beck (Stone ES)
  • Empathy through Literature – Joni Beam and Amy Hasapis (Lovett ES)

Dates and Deadlines


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