Classroom & Professional Development Grants

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As of fall of 2020, we are proud to have awarded over $3.7 million in grants that have directly supported our students and classrooms! In the 2019-20 school year over $109,000 was awarded in classroom and professional development grants! Should you have a need outside of the grant window, contact the Advancement Center office for consideration.

The Advancement Center Board of Directors dedicates a portion of our annual grants budget for the professional development of our teachers. These are called the Joe Erne Professional Development Grants. As of fall of 2020, we are proud to have awarded over $925,000 in grants that directly support the advancement of our teachers!

The Winter Grant Cycle for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. Grants must be submitted by Wednesday, January 20th to be eligible for consideration. All grant applications are taken online. New users are asked to establish a login (username and password) via Smarter Select, and this will allow you to save progress to a grant and come back to update it, if necessary. Moving online allows a simpler process for the applicant, a more streamlined review for our committee and the opportunity to upload supporting documentation. We hope you find it easy to use.

2019-2020 Grant Awards – A detail overview of what The Advancement Center grants awarded during the past school year.

Winter 2021 Online Grant Request Form (both classroom and professional development grants) – available until Wednesday, January 20th, 2021.

Grant Report (For grant recipients) – Please share your grant story with us!

DonorsChoose.org – We have provided $33,000 in matching funds for Donors Choose proposal made by District Employees.  This platform provides a great way for teachers to Crowdfund a classroom need and get support from us. Proposals for classroom projects under $1,500 registered using a township email address are automatically matched by the DonorsChoose.org system.
(Please note projects requesting professional development, food, clothing, hygiene, computers, tablets and flexible seating are not eligible for matching funds. Matching funds will be capped per school year at $1,500 for any one teacher. There is no limit to the number of projects that can receive matching funds provided it does not exceed the $1,500 limit)