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:
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.
2019 mini-grant RECIPIENTS
We awarded almost $10,000 to eleven educators this year. Check out this year's recipients below.
Project Based Learning using Sphero Bolts and Coding
Township High School District 214
Summit Hill School District 161
LeRoy CUSD 2
K-8 On The Make
Kankakee School District 111
The Next Frontier: Virtual Reality in the Rural High School Classroom
Griggsville-Perry CUSD #4
Survival of the Wild Robot
Berwyn South School District 100
Storytelling in the Makerspace: Utilizing Animation and Claymation Production to Engage Student Creativity
Lemont Township High School District 210
Solve a Problem using 3-d Printer
Waverly Community School District
Hands-On STEM for Our School: Using Simple & Powered Machines to Build Confidence in STEM
Hyde Park Day School
A Vision for VR
Komarek School District 94
Sphero Cod Mat + Activity Card Set