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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?

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 it aligns with the ISTE Student Standards and IDEA's Mission
  • 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.

2020 mini-grant RECIPIENTS

We awarded nearly $15,000 to fourteen educators this year. Check out this year's recipients below.

Brian Burnett

Breakout EDU

Norwood School District #63

Connie Clark

Switching on Your Computational Thinking Skills

District 39

Karen Doyle

Pinball Wizards

Komarek School District 94

Justin Georges

Full STEAM Ahead: Adding a 3D Printer

CUSD #3 Fulton County

Jen Gilbert

Space Force Rescue: Programming and Robotics at a Distance

Hyde Park Day School

Alyssa Jones

Lights, Camera, Action!

Olympia CUSD 16

Molly Kaminski

It's a bird, It's a Plane, It's a DRONE, for your Classroom

Morris Elementary School District #54

Kevin McCann

K-5 Coding with Ozobots

Mannheim District 83

Katie Miller

STEAM Dream Team Initiative

Chicago Public Schools

Matt Obrien

Middle School Video Production

Meridian Community Unit School District #15

Shannon Payton

Student-Animated SEL Videos

Lincoln Elementary School River Forest D90

Denise Strack

Digital Resources

Arthur CUSD #305

Noelle Tragasz

Children's Story Project

District 44

Amy Wesner

Easy as Pie Fractions

CUSD #140 Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield

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