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:
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.
2020 mini-grant RECIPIENTS
We awarded nearly $15,000 to fourteen educators this year. Check out this year's recipients below.
Norwood School District #63
Switching on Your Computational Thinking Skills
Komarek School District 94
Full STEAM Ahead: Adding a 3D Printer
CUSD #3 Fulton County
Space Force Rescue: Programming and Robotics at a Distance
Hyde Park Day School
Lights, Camera, Action!
Olympia CUSD 16
It's a bird, It's a Plane, It's a DRONE, for your Classroom
Morris Elementary School District #54
K-5 Coding with Ozobots
Mannheim District 83
STEAM Dream Team Initiative
Chicago Public Schools
Middle School Video Production
Meridian Community Unit School District #15
Student-Animated SEL Videos
Lincoln Elementary School River Forest D90
Arthur CUSD #305
Children's Story Project
Easy as Pie Fractions
CUSD #140 Congerville-Eureka-Goodfield