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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 open on September 1, are reviewed on the 15th of every month, and are awarded monthly while funds last.

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Express Grant winners!

September 2021 Winners

OSHA 10 Hour Certification 

Grace Twietmeyer, Wright King, and Chris Feid - Naperville Central High School 

This grant will provide students the opportunity to pursue Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 hour certification for free. "By providing our Geometry in Construction students with the ability to get OSHA-10 General Industry certified, we are fulfilling our safety target in out Construction Curriculum. Students will learn about the basics of osha, as well as many of the most common hazards in General Industry."

Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics 

Kimberly Lukawski and Amy Eissens - Lincoln Junior High School

"The use of non-permanent vertical space (NPVS) allows students to stand, see other groups' work, try various methods & erase easily, and make connections between & among the problems of which they are working. These funds will be used to purchase six NPVSs in the form of Wipebook Heavy Duty Flip Charts. This will directly benefit students as they learn soft skills of communication, work with a variety of classmates, and share their work."

A Friend Like Me

Eileen Hall and Naseem Ghouse - Scott Elementary School

"The purpose of this grant is to provide kindergarteners with authentic learning through play opportunities that cultivate cultural awareness. The purchase of multicultural dolls will reflect the diverse cultures represented in the classroom, open the door to interactions that help children understand one another, and value the uniqueness of each student."

October 2021 Winners

Educational Equity Through Music

Caitlin Skrbec - Meadow Glens Elementary School!

This grant will be used to purchase additional quality xylophones for equitable distribution of quality instruments for all classes. "Bringing in access to more instruments allows students to practice responsible decision making and self-management skills."

Manga Collection Development

Josh Stumpenhorst - Lincoln Junior High School

Funds will be used to meet student demand for Manga graphic novels that has far exceeded current supply and budget. With this grant, they will be able to exponentially increase the quantity and variety of titles in the library. "These books are a creative and innovative format of literature which is directly in line with our students' current interests."

The Steeple Run Goodmintons 

Maggie Kulzick - Steeple Run Elementary School!

The grant will purchase supplies necessary to set up a badminton gym after school in the Steeple Run gym for girls 2-5th grade. "Students will learn the foundations of badminton while learning important life skills such as teamwork, growth mindset, patience, and perseverance."