Innovation Grants

What is an Innovation Grant?

The D300 Foundation supports projects that meet the mission of the Foundation and support District 300 curriculum and state standards in education.  Grant applications may be submitted by a District 300 educator for implementation the following school year.  Innovative grant applications must be for unique projects never done before in District 300 and cannot exceed $1,000.  Restrictions may change each year, please see the current grant instructions for a complete list of guidelines.

How do I apply?

In January, the Foundation will notify all building principals when Innovation Grant season is open and to please announce it to their teachers.  Innovation Grant applications and complete instructions will be available online and must be submitted electronically by the due date.  You will receive an email confirmation from the Foundation Assistant when your application has been received.  In mid-March, all applicants will receive an email pertaining to the status of their application.  If your grant project has been selected to be funded, monies will be made available in August.  A grant evaluation is required after the completion of your program.  

Grant Evaluation Form



Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Innovation Grant recipients:

Kim Duffey - Dundee Middle
Melissa Lucas & Kathryn Trac - Algonquin Lakes Elementary
Kelly Hibbeler & Juli Agenlian - Lincoln Prairie Elementary
Sue Burke, Deanna Arms & Luc Miron Neubert Elementary 
Denise Stilwell - Golfview Elementary 
Megan Kaiser - Lake in the Hills Elementary
Nikki Burkey - Hampshire Middle
Zoki Russo - Sleepy Hollow Elementary
Lynda Bolding - Westfield Community 

See what teachers have to say about the grant process.


What We Fund - (Example) 

Innovation Grants Engineers Teaching Algebra

Karie Will, a D300 DMS innovative educator explains her real world hands-on examples of why we need Algebra.  Her innovative grant also provides Career Education to middle school students.  Good job Karie!!!

The program is entitled Engineers Teaching Algebra and consisted of a ninety minute lesson showcasing the algebra behind engineering. Mark Love, a Civil Engineer from New Jersey, presented a traffic problem to students. Students were asked to determine the appropriate time for each light phase of an intersection. Students had to consider all possibilities for every lane and take into account where traffic flow conflicts could occur. The presenter stressed the importance of estimating, not relying on a calculator, working as a team, and the use of algebra in making computations easier. The program was very relevant and it is my hope to make this program annual.     

- Karie A. Will, DMS 8th Grade Algebra/Math/Language Arts

Innovation Grants:

2017-2018 Innovation Grants

2016-2017 Innovation Grants

2016-2017 Innovation Grants Evaluations

2015-2016 Innovation Grants

2015-2016 Innovation Grants Evaluations

2014-2015 Innovation Grants

2014-2015 Innovation Grants Evaluations

2013-2014 Innovation Grants

2013-2014 Innovation Grants Evaluations

2012-2013 Innovation Grants

2012-2013 Innovation Grants Evaluations

2011-2012 Innovation Grants

2011-2012 Innovation Grants Evaluations

2010-2011 Innovation Grants

2010-2011 Innovation Grants Evaluations

2009-2010 Innovation Grants

2008-2009 Innovation Grants

2007-2008 Innovation Grants

2006-2007 Innovation Grants

2005-2006 Innovation Grants