Links to Learning Grant Program (L2L)

 

Purpose The purpose of the Links to Learning grant program is to encourage and support creative and innovative learning methods to enhance the District 103 curriculum.  We invite all D103 educators to apply to this grant program.  Grants are awarded twice annually, as approved by the PTO Links to Learning Grant Committee.

 

Annual Grant Budget A maximum of $20,000 per semester in Links to Learning Teacher Grants will be awarded for the 2023-24 school year by the PTO to teachers, administrators, and other educators within District 103.  A grant can be requested for any amount; however, most grants range in size from $500-$1500. ​

 

Application Process First semester grant applications are accepted from mid-October - November and second semester applications are accepted from February - March of each calendar year. Upon completion, the application form is submitted to the appropriate school principal for approval.  The principal will then submit all approved applications to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction who will pass along approved applications to the Links to Learning Committee for evaluation.  Funding decisions will be announced by the Links to Learning Committee Chairperson.

The L2L Committee will evaluate each application for its: 

  • Innovative and educational nature; 
  • Curriculum enhancement potential; 
  • Budget reasonableness; and
  • Direct impact on students

 

Recent L2L Grants include:
  • Genre-fying the DW library to enhance student engagement
  • DJI Drone for DW to enrich classroom activities throughout the school
  • Mobile recording stations at DW
  • Podcasting equipment at Half Day that is integrated into various classroom projects
  • "Fidgets for Focus" at Half Day that provides each teacher daily access to fidgets
  • Role play props to aid in teaching English to multilingual learners  
  • "Wonder Windows" at Sprague to nurture inquiry of our changing world outside
  • "Pretend Play" centers for Kindergarten to encourage abstract thinking and creativity
  • Sensory Room expansion at Sprague