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 PreK-12th grade teachers of Winnebago and Boone Counties are invited to apply for Grants from the Golden Apple Foundation. Grants will be awarded to meet needs that enhance the classroom experience but are typically not funded in regular school budgets. Certified, full-time classroom teachers of grades PreK-12th in Winnebago and Boone County Schools are eligible.

Since 1998, Golden Apple Foundation has distributed grants to classroom teachers on an annual basis. The educational experience of thousands of students has been energized with nearly $183,000 through this grant program.

The Golden Apple Foundation Grants Program affords teachers the opportunity to develop and implement creative educational projects that enhance the learning experience of their students.It provides teachers a resource for expanding and enhancing the curriculum for the benefit of their students.

Last year, with teachers holding class virtually, classroom needs were much different and more immediate. Golden Apple Foundation funded several grant requests for items such as plastic partitions; ring lights; headsets or earbuds; webcams; laptop desks; laptop stands; and whiteboards, markers and erasers; in addition to books.

This year, we are pleased to be able to assist with in-person classroom needs again and have some different grant options available thanks to grant sponsors Rob and Meg Hodge, Rasmussen University and Collins Aerospace.

Simple grants are available for up to $300 for equipment, technology or books. Large grants are available for up to $1,500 for a single classroom or $2,500 for a school-wide, multi-classroom project. Up to $2,500 may be awarded for addressing a community need or problem through a Rasmussen University Community Reinvestment grant and up to $1,500 for Collins Aerospace STEM grants for a single classroom or up to $2,500 for a school-wide, multi-classroom project.

Grant applications must be received by the Golden Apple Foundation office no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. Golden Apple Foundation is located at 5050 East St., Rockford University-Scarborough Hall- room 9, Rockford, IL 61108-2393. The grant application form and details are available here. For additional information, call Jennifer Stark, Executive Director at 815-226-4180.