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Schools and Community Outreach by Educators (SCORE) Grants

The Illinois Education Association announces the availability of grant funds. The purpose of SCORE is to encourage early career members and their local associations to collaborate and create opportunities for community service projects or school projects. Proposals should be substantive and meaningful. They should build visible foundations for deeper relationships with students, families and communities. Additionally, IEA wants to foster the deeper value of the association in the life of our members and identify new leaders to carry forth the mission and goals of IEA.

2021 SCORE grant applications are now being accepted. 

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How to apply

Application due date: January 18, 2021  11:59 p.m.
Notification no later than: February 22, 2021
Duration: Grants will fund activities that should be completed no later than December 1, 2021.

All applications submitted by July 15, 2020 were reviewed and notified via email on August 16, 2020 from score@ieanea.org.

IEA SCORE Projects 2019-2020 – Round 2

Below is a list of SCORE grants by category for the 2019-2020 program. You can view the archived list here 2018-2019 | 2017-20182016-20172015-20162014-2015 | 2013-2014.

Click on the category below to see the local association and project.

Collinsville Education Association will support Family Reading night, an annual event to promote the joy and love of reading.

Collinsville Education Association will sponsor a community tournament event by purchasing games so high school students and community members might interact in a social setting with law enforcement.

Edwards County Teacher’s Association  will help fund an initiative by the Edwards County FFA in conjunction with the Edward County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom and Edwards County Parks. Kindness Benches will be made from recycled bottled caps collected by students in honor of Earth Day.

Greenville Educational Support Personnel Association will partner with the Central Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry to serve its community.

Lansing Education Association will host an event for parents, community, students and teachers that will bring them together for an evening of various events that include working together and having fun, all while learning how to be a part of a group, communicate and interact with each other.

Mt. Olive Eduation Association will partner with TWIGS non profit food program to supply weekend food bags for the their highest need students.

New Athens Teacher’s Association will parnter with Church Emergency Services of New Athens to provide families that are in need with groceries for their Christmas meals.

Rockford Education Association will support students in conjunction with the Audubon Society as they explore ways in which art can tell the story of climate change to help educate the public.

Urbana Education Association is partnering with the high school Habitat for Humanity Club.

Woodland Education Association will fund “A Grand DISCOVERY” event at the Woodland CUSD 5 library to introduce, educate and share with students, staff and community the new circulation avenues (RAILS) and how it works, new offerings , and reading events/programs in the library.

Abingdon Avon Teacher Association will fund Camp PARK, a completely free summer program offered to all children in the Abingdon and Avon communities.

AlWood Education Association will host a Wellness Night and provide the community with information on coping with their social and emotional needs and offer stations like yoga, making a stress kit, aromatherapy playdough, coloring, mediation, test out a weighted blanket, healthy cooking, massage/chiropractor visit, and face masks.

Arbor Park Education Association will support Homework Club, a program focused on homework completion and helping students in their study skills.

Congerville Eureka Goodfield EA will introduce Shakespeare and poetry for children in a fun, interactive way during a “Poet’s Tea” full of art, theatre, music, costumes, and refreshments. High school theatre students will lead kids through multi-sensory activities and provide Shakespeare for Kids books and art supplies for each elementary school library.

Indian Prairie Education Association will provide funding to make “Sit-Upons” to donate to two of their lower-income feeder schools in an effort to promote reading.

Liberty Unit Teacher Association will support the Kidz Pack Program to provide packs of food for students over the weekend and over school breaks.

Mascoutah Education Association will help support the Common Grounds Coffee Shop, providing on-site work experience for students with diverse abilities to help develop vocational, social, and functional acedemic skills.

Maywood Education Association will help support students as they work with local artist, Epifanio Monarrez, and the school’s art club to create an interactive mural.

Mendota Elementary Education Association will help expand the school-spirit clothing closet.

Oblong Education Association will support “So, You Want to be an Adult,” an opportunity for the school’s special education population to interact with community businesses understand the challenges of being an adult.

Ottawa Elementary Education Support Personal Association will host a McKinley Fall Dance for all McKinley families and staff to attend, a meaningful and rewarding night for families to spend together at no cost to them.

Rantoul City School District Eduation Association will host a Family Game Night to provide the opportunity for families to learn how to play board games. Critical thinking, family bonding, language development, and social/emotional skills will be enhanced through this engaging learning experience.

Rich Township Education Association will support “Read & Feed, ”a program that provides less fortunate students with free books to start their own home library, in addition to care packages.

Unit Five Education Association will host a “Girls Night In” for grades 6th-8th, a free event for female students to build relationships, practice self-care and feel empowered in the world.

Deer Creek – Mackinaw Education Association will fund an outdoor beautification project at Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School.

Oak Park Teachers Association will support the students at Brooks Middle School as they transform an unused and overgrown part of the school ground into an International Bird Hotel, including signage to teach community members passing by about the efforts and about the species of plants and animals present.

CCSD21 Education Association will support a Family Makerspace Night, a hands-on event with multiple stations and events manned by volunteers who host experiments, crafts, explorations and demonstrations in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

IEA SCORE Projects 2019-2020 – Round 1

Chester Education Association will sponsor an electronic waste recycling drive in cooperation with the city of Chester and Randolph County. A SCORE grant funded a similar event in 2018 resulting in the collection of more than 18,600 pounds of e-waste.

Morris Elementary Education Association supported the purchase of a Little Free Library and a bench for both the school and the Gardens at Park Pointe, a local senior living community.

Morrison Education Association will partner with Morrison High School and the Morrison Athletic Boosters to host “Opening Night,” an open house program, for students, parents, and community members.

Association of Plainfield Teachers will implement Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) Parenting Program at three different building levels in the district.

Carbondale Community High School Education Association helped provide school supplies and backpacks to elementary and high school students in the Carbondale area.

Congerville Eureka Goodfield Education Association will support “Celebrate Success,” for students and families who are not able to provide a graduation party for themselves.

Greenville Education Association funded the Weekend Backpack Program that provides kid-friendly meals and snacks for weekends and holiday breaks.

Eastern Illinois Area Special Education Association supported the purchase of a t-shirt press and the necessary materials to help students at L.I.F.E Academy develop new and challenging vocational skills through the budgeting, designing, and production of t-shirts and other apparel.

Moline Education Association supported the creation of Girls of the Run at Logan Elementary School in Moline.  

Oswego Education Association will sponsor a Community Night for Boulder Hill families, providing education and resources about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Unit Five Education Association funded the purchase of supplies to craft hats for patients at the Community Cancer Center in Bloomington Normal, Illinois. Students meet after school for lessons and work time to create the hats and to enjoy the stress-relieving benefits of fiber arts and hand crafts.

LaGrange South #105 Education Association helped purchase several large compost containers for the school sensory garden to help teach fourth through sixth graders about the benefits of composting.

La Grange South Teachers Association helped support the creation of a mini meadow space that will appeal to the senses and promote tranquility with a walking path, seating, and a water feature, promoting peace and tranquility.

Mt. Olive Education Association supported a public art park, a place where students and community members can come and create murals, sculptures and other forms of art to showcase their artistic abilities.

Unit Five Education Association helped support the Girls Who Code Club at Chiddix Junior High as they partner with the Midwest Food Bank to volunteer with family and community members, learn about the food bank, and code practical programs/products to help them fulfill their mission.

Washington Education Association will help support a partnership with Legacy Solar in Bloomington, Illinois to provide students hands on classroom enrichment. The grant is to be used towards a variety of renewable resource material including biofuels, geothermal, and solar kits and will align with the Next Generation Science Standards.

SCORE Highlight Videos

What does ``service`` mean to you?

Here are some early career teachers sharing their thoughts.

Project team

  • Sarah Antonacci
  • Meredith Byers
  • Al Llorens
  • Mary Jane Morris
  • Janet Tate

Advisory group

  • Ben Baar
  • Jon Butler
  • Kathi Griffin
  • Kristi Hillmer
  • Larry Joynt
  • Nikki Kurtovich
  • Kathleen Malloy
  • Nicole Rethamel
  • Audrey Soglin
  • Tom Tully


For questions about SCORE, please contact Meredith Byers, early career development and student director at phone (217) 321-2312.