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 $500 are available to fund books, supplies, materials, field trips, or any other items that will deepen student engagement and promote active learning. 

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partner pilot programs

For a second year, we are including an initiative within Small Grants called “CFE-OS Classroom Grants”. CFE will award Classroom Grants to 40 new teachers working in CPS’s Opportunity Schools (OS). Each grant will be in the amount of $500, and grantees may purchase resources and materials ranging from general classroom supplies to books to artifacts.

And, new this year, we are including a second initiative within Small Grants called “CFE-TST Impact Grants”. CFE will award Impact Grants to 10 Teachers Supporting Teachers (TST) Teacher Liaisons working in CPS schools with TST partnerships. Each grant will be in the amount of $500, and grantees may purchase resources and materials that help drive their TST team’s school-wide goal.

Review Process

Each Small Grant application is evaluated by a minimum of three CFE volunteers, and winners are determined through both quantitative (Scoring Rubric) and qualitative (committee discussion and determination) methods.

Small Grant References

Dates and Deadlines

  • Application Available: OPEN! 2019-2020 CFE Small Grant Application

  • Application Due: November 4, 2019

  • Application Review Period: Late November to December 5, 2019

  • Award Notification via Email: Week of December 9, 2019

  • Implementation: January through June 2020