classroom grants

PreK-5th grade teachers of Winnebago and Boone Counties are invited to apply for Classroom Project Grants from Golden Apple Foundation.  Grants will be awarded for innovative projects that enhance the classroom experience but are typically not funded in the regular school budget.  Certified, full-time classroom teachers of grades PreK-5 in the Winnebago and Boone County Schools are eligible.  Awards range from $100 to $1500.  Criteria for grant projects and examples of recently funded projects can be found on the Golden Apple website:

Since 1998 Golden Apple Foundation has continued to distribute grants to classroom teachers on an annual basis.  The educational experience of thousands of students has been energized with over $100,000 through this grant program.

The Golden Apple Foundation Classroom Projects Grants Program affords teachers the opportunity to develop and implement creative educational projects that enhance the learning experience of their students.  It provides teachers a resource for expanding and enhancing the curriculum for the benefit of their students.    

Recent elementary school projects funded by the program include:

  • “Joyful Writing in Kindergarten”- Developing a community of learners who work together through solid, meaning-centered and engaging kindergarten writing that incorporates the Common Core State Standards. Awarded to Sherril Erickson of Rockton Grade School.
  • “Tail Waggin’ Tutors”- Overcoming apprehension at reading by providing a relaxed environment where all threats of being judged are set aside as the child relaxes and reads to a dog. Awarded to Melodie Boyd of Cherry Valley Elementary School.
  • “Improving Competencies in Science & Reading”- Improves student performance in both science and reading by providing support materials that allow students of all reading levels to access grade-level science information and also improves reading level. Awarded to Susan Busker and Renee Guse of Whitehead Elementary School.


Grant applications must be received by the Golden Apple Foundation office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2014.  Golden Apple Foundation is located at 5050 East St., Rockford University-Scarborough Hall- room 9, Rockford, IL 61108-2393. For questions or for more information call Kristina Reuber, Executive Director at (815) 226-4180. CLICK HERE for applicaiton materials.