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Express Grants

Immediate funding for your best ideas.

Express Grants are a quick and easy way for Naperville 203 staff and students’ great ideas to become reality in the current school year. This rolling grant cycle occurs monthly and provides up to $1,000 for immediate use.

All grants must be:

  • Initiated by a District 203 staff member or student and support at least one D203 school
  • Approved by the school's principal
  • Aligned to your school’s Improvement Plan and/or to a curricular area or standard 

Express Grant applications are now open! Applications are reviewed on the 15th of every month, and are awarded monthly while funds last.

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Express Grant Winners!

September 2022 Express Grant Winners

Master Math Minds Homework Club

Tracy Pisarski - Kennedy Junior High School

This grant funds materials for a math homework club where students receiving math intervention can receive extra homework help after school. "By allowing more time for student to explore math in a stress-free environment, it is my hope to help them develop an appreciation and (dare I say) a love for the subject! Students generally don't like math because they aren't good at it - once they find they CAN be successful they also find that they DO like it!"

40 students impacted


Engaging and Empowering Students Through Authentic Spanish Literature

Eulalia Hernandez - Beebe Elementary School

This grant will provide the funds to purchase diverse and authentic Spanish literature for students in the third, fourth, and fifth grade dual language classrooms. "Students will have access to novels written by authentic, own voice authors that will enhance and enrich every dual language classroom with diverse perspectives, improve language skills and development and provide equitable opportunities for language learners to find literature that represents their linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds and learning styles."

70 students impacted


GaGa Pit

Kevin Quaid - Mill Street Elementary School

Purchased materials to build a GaGa Ball pit, a new, organized, and specific game for all recesses during school day. "This game can be used as a SEL learning game: how to make new relationships with other students, teaches the students how to develop game strategies"

650 students impacted


Giant Word and Math Winder

Kelly McGroarty - Beebe Elementary School

Popular games, Giant Word Winder and Giant Math Winder, will be purchased for Honors Math and PI students to boost engagement in class. "Using games in teaching can help increase student participation, foster social and emotional learning, and motivate students to take risks. Students must creatively think of strategies, communicate effectively with peers, and evaluate success and failure to lead to growth in understanding."

200 students impacted


Representation Matters - Learning Inclusivity through Play

Reyna Nungaray - Elmwood Elementary School

This grant will provide all six kindergarten classes with Educational Multicultural Pretend Play Figurine Family Doll Sets. "The purpose of this grant is to provide Elmwood students with the opportunity to be exposed to play based materials that represent the wide variety of cultures in our District. This can foster a sense of community, respect, and inclusion. As research shows, when children have authentic and meaningful learning experiences through play, there can be a profound positive impact on social emotional and interpersonal development."

130 students impacted


Games for Good: Bringing 7th Grade Science Alive!

Liza Palubicki, Elise McNamara, Alisha Waters, and Vanessa Daker - Jefferson Junior High School

This grant will purchase board games and materials for a periodic table relay race for 7th grade chemistry and biology classes to bring complex science concepts to life. "We want the concepts of chemistry and molecular biology to be brought to life for ALL of our 7th graders, regardless of readiness or language proficiency. We believe these activities will help students visualize the concepts we are teaching as well as get our students interacting and moving!"

300 students impacted