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SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION GRANTS

Mission The Springfield Public Schools Foundation (SPSF) is a community-based volunteer organization, serving Springfield District 186 public schools for more than 30 years with the mission of creating a margin of excellence. We carry out our mission in partnership with Springfield Public School District 186 (SPSD186) and the Springfield Community.

Grant Information Each school year, the Foundation makes available grants to staff of SPSD186. Interested SPSD186 employees are encouraged to thoroughly review the information below prior to making application for a Foundation grant. Applications are to be submitted electronically through Googledocs. To aid applicants in the grant writing process, copies of the individual grant application questions and additional application information can be found on the Grant Reference document. Please review this document carefully prior to starting an application. Links to the applications and reference documents can be found in the chart at the bottom of this page.

2021-2022 Grants: The Springfield Public Schools Foundation’s Board of Directors is excited to share information about changes to the grant offerings available to District teachers. This year, in addition to Extracurricular and Life Skills Grants, the Foundation is offering Cornerstone Grants. 

Cornerstone Grants will celebrate the return of our teachers and students to the classroom and encourage proposals that are creative, innovative, and address an important need identified by teachers and/or staff. Grant applicants are encouraged to focus on one or more of the following:


  • Enhancing classroom learning

  • Academic enrichment

  • Social & emotional learning needs

  • Family & community engagement

Grant requests may be made up to $1,500. Requests will be accepted, reviewed, and awarded monthly throughout the academic year until all funds are allocated.

The following will not be considered for funding: • Applications containing multiple spelling, punctuation, and/or grammatical errors • Applications including students outside of SPSD186 • Applications to fund salaries (including substitute teachers); field trips only, or for the sole purpose of purchasing hardware such as computers, cameras, etc. • Failure to submit a Grant Evaluation will disqualify you from grant funding for the following year. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Julie Hammers at 217/525-4406/81202. 

Grant Information 2021-2022 School Year
Grant NameDescriptionDue DateGrant Application Reference SheetApplication
Cornerstone Grant

This year’s Cornerstone Grant fund celebrates the return of our teachers and their students to the classroom and encourages grant proposals that are creative, innovative, and address an important need identified by teachers and/or staff. 

Grant applications should/or are encouraged to focus on one or more of the following: 

- Enhance Classroom Learning 
- Academic Enrichment
- Social & Emotional Learning 
- Family & Community Engagement

Grant requests may be made up to $1500. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed and awarded monthly throughout the academic year until funds are depleted.

Please see page 3 of the reference sheet for monthly due dates. 

The 1st monthly due date is 12:00 p.m., noon, Friday, September 3, 2021

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1l5p4lN_YhXZqWvGUltrUkt4Fr2hgGk1kEv8YVPpoaEU/edit?usp=sharing
https://forms.gle/4GoGSAFpKtPocTAw5
Extracurricular Grants

Extracurricular Grants, with a maximum $500 award, provide a supplement for District 186:


  • IESA and IHSA recognized sports

  • IESA and IHSA recognized activities

  • Middle and high school recognized clubs 

Funding is available to help these groups offset pandemic-related lost fundraising revenues and ensure their students are able to compete or participate at the highest level of competition available. Requests for items that will be reused each year are encouraged, including requests for uniforms and other items that ensure equitability amongst school teams across the District. Requests that include funding for travel will not be considered for funding. 

The applicant must be the head coach of a District 186 sport or activity recognized by the IHSA or IESA, or sponsor of a District 186 middle or high school recognized club. 

Please see page 3 of the reference sheet for monthly due dates. 

The 1st monthly due date is 12:00 p.m., noon, Friday, September 3, 2021.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17fLh-S-6QGb8n9WQj88BirHaqcB0HFLO/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=115256812415111375972&rtpof=true&sd=true
https://forms.gle/GKVGuteWv5EPDKRo8
Life Skills Grants

These grants, funded by the generosity of the Donnelly Family Trust, have no maximum award. They are designed to enhance the school experiences of special needs life skills students by providing resources, which might otherwise not be available to those students and teachers. Applicants must be SPSD186 employees. 

First semester awards - 12:00 p.m., Noon, Friday, September 24, 2021
Second semester awards - 12:00 p.m., Noon, Friday, January 7, 2022

https://docs.google.com/document/d/19riXkyMOaq2MsYVBOqG3PzgqxVqBaNxKvSiMBTAWGGc/edit?usp=sharing
https://forms.gle/aQ6HH6p688Sxqetx7