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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.

2018-2019 SCORE grant applications are now being accepted. 

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Application due date: January 21, 2019  11:59 p.m.
Notification no later than: February 21, 2019
Duration: Grants will fund activities that should be completed no later than December 31, 2019

Applications submitted by July 15, 2018 were reviewed and all applicants received email notification on August 7, 2018 from

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Grant Opportunity

The IEA Foundation’s SCORE grant program has partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and No Kid Hungry Illinois to offer a special grant opportunity to schools that have children that may be experiencing food insecurity, defined as children eligible for free and reduced priced meals.

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IEA SCORE Projects 2018-2019

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

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

Chester Education Association will fund an electronics recycling collection at Chester High School (CHS). CHS will work with the Randolph County Recycling Coordinator to meet a community need to keep electronic waste out of landfills.

Elgin Teachers Association will help Larsen Middle School partner with the Boys and Girls Club and WE SCHOOL to create the Be the Good Club, to provide students with serveral opportunities to be part of a safe, loving, respectful and empowering community of learners that can make a difference in their school, community, and the world through civic engagement.

Education Association of Round Lake will support a partnership with Special Olympics and the Round Lake Area Park District to provide access to social and athletic opportunities available to differently abled students that can continue after graduation.

Kinnikinnick Education Association will assist with purchasing fleece so that third grade students can make blankets to pass out to hospitals in Rockford, Beloit, and the surrounding areas, teaching students about compassion for others, as well as basic skills needed to make the blankets.

The Vandalia Unit Teachers Association (VUTA) is collaboratively working with Vandalia O.N.E. to put food into the hands of needy children each Friday, providing four weekend meals for children in the district that may not have adequate nutrition in their homes.

The Vandalia Unit Teacher Association will support Community Connections Mentoring, a program that provides a high school student with a mentor to listen, encourage, provide needed resources, build College/Career Awareness, teach learning strategies, and exemplify positive and professional attitudes while keeping the student accountable regarding grades, attendance, and behavior.

Wheaton-Warrenville Education Association will use a SCORE grant to fund an after school service club at Hubble Middle School where students will knit and crochet hats, scarves, mittens, and blankets for a charity called Hooked on Helping.

Carbondale Education Association will again support Backpacks for Success, a program designed to help low-income students who are unable to buy backpacks.

Decatur Education Association will help the Busy Bees after school program create a food pantry, providing meals to feed families from South Shores Elementary School.

Greenville Education Association will fund the Weekend Backpack Program, providing kid friendly meals and snacks for weekends and holiday breaks. The program currently serves 80 students.

River Ridge Education Association will support the Cats Care Committee in its effort to meet a variety of needs of its students. An increasing number of students in its Pre-K district do not have clean clothes, are not able to shower daily, and have clothes with holes in them. This grant will allow Cats Care to provide the items that students need to care for themselves, including shampoo, soap, a comb, deodorant, or clothing/shoes.

Robinson CUTEA will assist Lincoln Grade School in an effort to become a Trauma-sensitive school by looking at ways to build resilience in its students. The SCORE grant will fund a LGS Mindful Project. This project will include educating students and staff about the benefits of meditation, yoga, and mindfulness.

Shelbyville Education Association will create two “Little Free Libraries” in Shelbyville to promote literacy in the community and make books more available to all.

Vandalia Unit Teacher Association will assist students in first through eighth grades to work together to make lip balm and sugar scrubs for their families as well as members of the community.

Huntley Education Association will help create a zen and vegetable garden along with a prairie classroom space for all of Huntley High School to use and contribute to, while providing purposeful work for special education students looking to develop vocational skills through hands-on learning, and to feel a sense of belonging to the high school culture.

Westmont Teachers Association will help the Agriculture club at Manning School partner with Dupage County Farm Bureau to educate third grade students about the agricultural world around them and its direct impact on their lives. In its second year, the Ag Club will provide students with the opportunity to manage and care for chicks until they are 8-10 weeks old and relocated to a farm.

Morris Elementary Education Association will use the SCORE grant to fund Students and Seniors with STEM. Students from kindergarten through fifth grade will be sharing literacy and STEM activities with local residents at the nearby senior living community.

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.