Annual Grants Awards

Status: Applications are closed for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in late 2019. Follow NEF on Facebook or Twitter to keep up-to-date on grant schedules.


  • Grant applications will only be accepted when initiated by District 203 students or staff.
  • Student submissions must be under the supervision of a teacher or administrator Project Lead.
  • All applications must be associated with at least one D203 school and be approved by the principal.
  • Applications for previously funded grants will not be accepted.
  • Grants are not awarded for salaries, furniture, fundraising efforts, transportation, or storage materials.
  • Materials provided by the grant become the property of the school where the grant originated and are not the property of any individual or group.

Grant Applications and Instructions

The four grant categories for funding for the 2019-2020 school year are:

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Fine arts
  • Literacy, provided through the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund

For many years, the Naperville Education Foundation and the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund have been honored to fund the innovative ideas submitted through their separate Annual Grant Awards programs.

This year, we are happy to announce a joint effort to provide a more cohesive approach for requesting and awarding funds. NEF and the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund will launch their grant cycles in a joint communication and follow the same timeline.

Grants since 1992

Since its founding in 1992, the Naperville Education Foundation has awarded nearly 900 grants representing over $1,000,000 in support of creative, innovative and excellent projects that stimulate student engagement and learning experiences. The committees evaluating the grant requests are made up of representatives from the Foundation, District 203 staff, and our community.


Your support provides funding for projects in the categories of
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Fine Arts
For this category, grants may provide opportunities within other curricula that reinforce SEL.


Please contact Neveen Michael, NEF Grant Chair,
with any questions at