Golden Apple Foundation invites PreK – 12th grade public and private school teachers to participate in its grant program!


Simple grants are available:

  • Up to $300 for equipment, technology or books itemized and with explanation of how you will use them.
  • Click HERE to apply with the simple grant online application form.

Large grants are available: 

  • Up to $1,500 for a single classroom or $2,500 for a school-wide, multi-classroom project 
  • Up to $2,500 for addressing a community need or problem through a Rasmussen University Community Reinvestment grant.
  • Collins Aerospace STEM grants up to $1,500 for a single classroom or up to $2,500 for a school-wide, multi-classroom project.
  • Click HERE for the Large Grant application form. 


Applications for both the simple and large grants are due by 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2021. Grant recipients will be notified by Dec. 1, 2021 if selected.


Grant Program FAQ:

  • What is a simple grant? Up to $300 for equipment, books or technology for a classroom. Use the simple form link to apply online by Nov. 3, 2021.
  • Can I apply for both a large and simple grant? Yes, but please no more than 2 applications per teacher.
  • What is a large grant? Large grants are offered up to $1,500 for a single classroom or up to $2,500 for a multi-classroom or school-wide grant. To apply for a large grant, you must fill out the large grant form and return it with the requested information by Nov. 3, 2021.
  • How do I apply for Collins STEM grants? We are offering multiple Collins STEM grants up to the $1,500 (single classroom) and up to $2,500 (multi-classroom/school-wide) this year. Fill out the large grant form and return it with the requested information by Nov. 3, 2021.
  • How do I apply for a Rasmussen University Community Reinvestment grant? We are offering a Rasmussen University Community Reinvestment grant up to $2,500 grant for teachers and students to address a community need or problem. Fill out the large grant form and return it with the requested information by Nov. 3, 2021.


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PreK - 12th grade teachers in Winnebago and Boone counties are invited to particpate in Golden Apple Foundation's simplified grant program for the 2020-2021 school year. We seek to support teachers preparing to teach online or in the physical classroom by offering an opportunity to apply online for up to $300 in equipment, technology or books. Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 815-226-4180.

Apply for a grant NOW through Sept. 15, 2020. Recipients will be notified by Sept. 29, 2020.

2008-2009 Golden Apple Grant Awards

Total Awarded: $7,575


Discovering math, Japanese culture, science, and social skills through the ancient art form of origami.

  • Amount Awarded: $700
  • Teacher Name: Nancy Spahr
  • School: Lathrop Elementary School

Pen-Pal Writing Program

Incorporating writing, language and reading while giving students a global situation in which to use and improve all three skills.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,400
  • Teacher Name: Claudia Marshall
  • School: Bloom Elementary School

Buddy Bags

Improving reading skills in Spanish and English including fluency, vocabulary, comprehension while increasing parental involvement.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,500
  • Teacher Name: Jennifer Peterson
  • School: Barbour Language Academy

Great Students, Great Science

Rekindling an excitement for science through special science days, utilizing valuable science experiments.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,000
  • Teacher Name: Richard Toppe
  • School: Brookview Elementary School

Lending Library

Improving early reading skills allowing students to choose books within their reading level to take home each night to read with family.

  • Amount Awarded: $400
  • Teacher Name: Julie Stacionis
  • School: Rolling Green Elementary School

Spanish Books for Bilingual Students

Enhancing the development of students’ reading and writing skills in both English and Spanish through book making.

  • Amount Awarded: $300
  • Teacher Name: Sarah Reinold
  • School: Washington Elementary School

Elementary Speech Competition

Developing organizational skills and increasing self confidence while demonstrating skills in the art of public speaking.

  • Amount Awarded: $750
  • Teacher Name: Laura Lawson
  • School: Washington Academy

Can You Hear Us Now

Empowering students to share their writing through a project designed to give immediate visual support allowing success for all young writers.

  • Amount Awarded: $625
  • Teacher Name: Cindy Kinsley, Vicki Chance, Kelly Pausig
  • School: Brookview Elementary School

Literature Discovery Bags

Creating a vital home-school literacy link by providing creative individualized reading materials designed to include families.

  • Amount Awarded: $900
  • Teacher Name: Laura Wanke
  • School: Pecatonica Elementary School

2009-2010 Golden Apple Grant Awards

Total Awarded: $7,247.02

Discovering Radioactivity

Replicating experiments from early pioneers of nuclear science to discover different types of radiation.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,500
  • Teacher Name: Karl Dreyer
  • School: Roosevelt Alternative High School

"Hot Wheels and Physics"

Relating basic physics principles and complex mathematical principles to everyday living using Hot Wheels.

  • Amount Awarded: $992
  • Teacher Name: Jennifer Grady
  • School: Hononegah High School

Scholastic Arts

Developing reading comprehension skills, building vocabulary while learning about contemporary artists, art history and careers in art.

  • Amount Awarded: $344.58
  • Teacher Name: Ingrid S. Hyde
  • School: Harlem Middle School

Fine Arts and Technology

Inspiring creative and critical thinking skills while infusing current technology into fine arts.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,451.94
  • Teacher Name: Ingrid S. Hyde
  • School: Harlem Middle School

Reading and Non-fiction Science

Improving reading skills of students through special science projects in school and at home.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,479
  • Teacher Name: Christina Magee
  • School: Eisenhower Middle School

Human Anatomy

Interweaving science, health, reading, writing and technology through an in depth study of the anatomy of the human body and the impact of wellness decisions upon it.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,479
  • Teacher Name: Amy Orvis
  • School: Maria Montessori School

2007-2008 Golden Apple Grant Awards

Total Awarded: $6,700

Listening Centers

Building essential skills for academic and recreational reading while engaging in authentic reading activities.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,000
  • Teacher Name: Annette Sword-Peterson
  • School: Bloom School

Electrical Wiring

Developing an understanding of safe electrical wiring methods utilizing hands on activities.

  • Amount Awarded: $400
  • Teacher Name: Mark Sargent
  • School: Auburn H.S.

National Economy

Increasing math, problem solving skills and an understanding of our national economy through a working economic model.

  • Amount Awarded: $650
  • Teacher Name: Sheri Kennerly
  • School: Marsh School

Geography/World Cultures

Researching, and learning about Canadian Provinces/Territories and creating PowerPoint presentations to share with others.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,050
  • Teacher Name: Pam Brooks
  • School: RESA

Mural Painting

Uniting students through the creation of a wall mural painting that depicts the culture of the school and emphasizes the goal of education.

  • Amount Awarded: $650
  • Teacher Name: Judi Snyder
  • School: Roosevelt Alternative H.S.

Vocabulary Development Program

Improving performances in reading by increasing vocabulary.

  • Amount Awarded: $1,000
  • Teacher Name: Ronnie Bazan
  • School: Stiles School

Magic Cube Project

Increasing problem solving, math skills, knowledge of graphic design and self-esteem through the creation of original designs and the production of a magic cube.

  • Amount Awarded: $375
  • Teacher Name: Kyle Wolfe
  • School: Roosevelt Alternative H.S.


Increasing knowledge of organic & inorganic chemical reactions, through the making of soap.

  • Amount Awarded: $750
  • Teacher Name: Stephen Weber & Scott Grey
  • School: Guilford H.S.

Spring Forth With Books

Increasing recreational reading within families & improving reading comprehension.

  • Amount Awarded: $550
  • Teacher Name: JoAnne Sandman
  • School: Cherry Valley School

Roller Coasters

Developing knowledge and understanding of kinetic & potential energy, friction, gravity and momentum through building of roller coaster loops.

  • Amount Awarded: $275
  • Teacher Name: Pam Miner
  • School: Marsh School