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Mini-Grant Applications are now being accepted through October 19, 2020.

Are you looking for a way to make your school or classroom Maker Space a reality, seeking a few more devices to facilitate an engaging and exciting classroom project, or wanting to try a cutting-edge innovation that is so new you missed your school's budget cycle? Apply for an IDEA mini-grant!

Illinois Digital Educators Alliance is the leader in supporting and promoting innovative education for all in Illinois. With this mission in mind, the IDEA Governing Board has budgeted funds to cover multiple grants. The purpose of the IDEA Mini-Grant Program is to provide IDEA members throughout the state with funding for educational technology projects that showcase innovation and creativity and directly benefit students in PreK-12 classrooms.

Applications open in early September and close early October. Award recipients are notified in early November. In your application, we ask you to tell us:

  • what you want to do
  • how it is innovative for your school, what it will cost to implement
  • how many students will be impacted and
  • some other necessary information

Your project must meet our guidelines and demonstrate innovation and the potential to benefit students. All submissions will be reviewed by multiple readers based on criteria found on our application website.

See the Mini-Grant Guidelines for more information. If you have any questions about the IDEA Mini-Grant Program, please feel free to contact the committee members at awards@ideaillinois.org.


2019 mini-grant RECIPIENTS

We awarded almost $10,000 to eleven educators this year. Check out this year's recipients below.

Katie Alexander

Project Based Learning using Sphero Bolts and Coding

Township High School District 214

Brian Babulic

Eroding Earth

Summit Hill School District 161

Katie Buckley

Ozobot Rollercoaster

LeRoy CUSD 2

Lynda Cohagan

K-8 On The Make

Kankakee School District 111

Andrew Crivilare

The Next Frontier: Virtual Reality in the Rural High School Classroom

Griggsville-Perry CUSD #4

Sarah Gamradt

Survival of the Wild Robot

Berwyn South School District 100

Dawn Scuderi

Storytelling in the Makerspace: Utilizing Animation and Claymation Production to Engage Student Creativity

Lemont Township High School District 210

Michelle Wagner

Solve a Problem using 3-d Printer

Waverly Community School District

Aimee Wiess

Hands-On STEM for Our School: Using Simple & Powered Machines to Build Confidence in STEM

Hyde Park Day School

Victoria Wilson

A Vision for VR

Komarek School District 94

Nan Wood

Sphero Cod Mat + Activity Card Set

St. Dominic

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