The IRTA Foundation continues to work toward the future by offering $15,000 in grant money to educators.

How the Program Works
Being an educator, do you often think of this phrase - Extra Funds Needed - when it comes to planning special projects for your students? Due to recent state budget cuts, you may be finding that additional revenue sources are no longer available for such unique activities.

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) Foundation is making $15,000 in grant money available to 32 counties in Illinois. This special grant will provide additional funds to public school educators (Pre-K through 12) so that their students will have the means to participate in special projects. The program will rotate each year among Northern, Central, and Southern Illinois. The grant is available in IRTA Areas 3 and 4 for this current year. The following counties are included: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Cook - South Suburban, Cook - SouthWest Suburban, Cook - West Lake Shore, DeWitt, DuPage, Ford, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Iroquois, Jersey, Kankakee, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Tazewell, Vermilion, Warren, and Will.

How Can You Participate?
Please download the application by clicking here and complete the grant proposal by describing your needs for the grant, telling how you will use it, and explaining the difference your project will make in the lives of your students. Please submit your application by mail to the IRTA Foundation, 828 S. Second St., 4th Floor, Springfield, IL 62704. All proposals must be postmarked by September 4, 2015. A special committee will select the recipients of the grant money in October 2015. Recipients will be notified shortly after this time.

Wendy Wiegers, Foundation Board Member - click here to watch the video

Before Wendy retired, she received a grant from the IRTA Foundation. Today, Wendy was involved in the grant judging process; she describes her participation and experience in this video.

Please click here for detailed information on the 2014 winners.

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