How Grants Are Funded

The Foundation exists to fund grants for Winnetka district teachers that impact all district students. To accomplish this goal, Teacher Initiative Grant Applications and Teacher Research Applications are sent to teachers in early January. Applications are reviewed by a committee of teachers, administrators, and the Foundation’s co-chairs, and then rated according to a specific set of criteria. These criteria include projects that show initiative, can be replicated by others, have long term impact on the educational program, and provide differentiated experiences for children. The committee also considers evidence of long-term benefits for the schools, clear purpose for funding use, focused methodology, and meaningful results measurement.

Finally, the committee meets again to make final decisions. Grants are usually awarded by the end of May and recipients have two school years within which to complete their projects and assess results.