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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.

2020 SCORE grant applications are now being accepted. 

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Application due date: January 15, 2020  11:59 p.m.
Notification no later than: February 15, 2020
Duration: Grants will fund activities that should be completed no later than December 31, 2020.

Applications submitted by July 15, 2019 were reviewed and received email notification on August 15, 2019 from score@ieanea.org.

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IEA SCORE Projects 2019-2020

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.

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.

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.