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 / 2014-15 Winners

309 teachers across 161 CPS schools earned 283 grants of up to $600 each in December 2014. Titles of winnng projects include:

  • Interactive Math Stations – Lorna King (Kellman Language ES)
  • It's Magic! No, Just Chemistry – Craig Johnson (Canty ES)
  • Independent Reading Library Enhancement – Tiffany Barnes (Newberry Math & Science ES)


Dates and Deadlines

  • 2016-17 Application: OPEN NOW! Award Notifications will be sent in early December 2016 via email.
  • Application Deadline: Monday, November 7, 2016
  • Implementation: January through May 2017


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