Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities for Teachers

Grant Opportunities Through the Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation

The Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) is an independent, non-profit, community supported foundation committed to enriching the community by encouraging educational initiatives and facilitating excellence in education in the public schools of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.  Founded in 1988, CUSF has disbursed $1.2 million dollars to benefit Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana District 116 schools.

Currently CUSF is focusing on four initiatives.

  1. I.D.E.A grants, a new online teacher-support mini-grant program is the CUSF response to our changing world.
  2. The CUScholars Program supports all of our high school students to take a rigorous curriculum so they are prepared for every kind of post-high school choice.  This program is a collaboration with both school districts, Parkland College and the University of Illinois.  Over 200 students have signed up in the Program’s first year.
  3. The Arts for All Fund supports the arts in C-U public schools through endowment, programming and special projects.
  4. The I.D.E.A. Store is a marketplace to donate and buy reusable materials of all kinds for creative re-use.  The Store opened in September 2010.  Profit generated by this social enterprise supports CUSF.

For additional information visit: or call 217-398-2873.

CUSF Endowment Fund Established to Support Urbana District #116 STEM Grants

Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation (CUSF) is honored to announce that an anonymous donor has established a $25,000 endowment fund to support Urbana District #116 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teacher-supporting grants.

The grant(s) will be available to District #116 K-12 teachers to fund STEM-related curricula. The donor recognizes the importance of good STEM instruction in the elementary years as well as in the specific high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes. The donor reflected, “Having a fund designated for STEM-related projects could (a) encourage some teachers to pursue an idea they've had and apply for grants in those areas and (b) help encourage other donations from individuals and companies with a particular interest in fostering instruction in those fields.” The first annual grant(s) will be awarded in the 2011-2012 school year.

CUSF is an independent non-profit, community supported foundation committed to encouraging educational initiatives and facilitating excellence in education in the public schools of Champaign-Urbana. Established in 1988, the Foundation’s goal, in working with Champaign Unit 4 School District and Urbana School District #116 cooperatively, is to make a difference in our schools by providing valuable new opportunities for our students and teachers and advocating for public education to the community. CUSF has distributed $1.2 million dollars through teacher grants, student scholarships and directed giving to C-U public schools in its 23-year history.

For more information about this endowment fund or CUSF’s programs visit or call 217-398-2873.

Additional Grant Opportunities

Champaign County Audubon Society- $100 Mini Grants to support learning about the environment. Each year, the Champaign County Audubon Society offers mini-grants to educators to support learning about the environment. Projects funded in the past include: classroom equipment, books, guest speakers, outdoor learning areas, field trip costs, registration fees for environmental conferences, etc. Be creative! Educators can apply for up to $100 toward expenses. Download a flyer (pdf) for more information.