Regional Education System
What? Collective effort in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties (the region) supporting a regional education system that continually develops healthy and productive citizens. E.g., investments in research, curricula and pedagogy design, educational materials, information systems, and communications.
Why? Shared grant outputs increase the regional return on investment. Focusing on student health and productivity along with system efficiency and connectivity creates more opportunities for students. Better talent development leads to economic success. Economic success supports our schools.
Who can apply? Collaborative cross-jurisdictional projects and programs working within a Collective Impact framework.
Complementary Education Programs
What? School-approved programs that provide more learning hours, reinforce classroom instruction and advance student development through grants for capacity, coordination, outreach and transportation. This category includes before- and after-school, summer school, and enrichment programs.
Why? Research indicates that students who participate in after-school programs have better academic outcomes, better classroom behavior and fewer school absences. Safe and supervised after-school programs keep students away from destructive behaviors. After-school programs support families and reduce missed work.
Who can apply? Educational institutions or nonprofit partners. (Nonprofits must submit the Pre-Authorization Form if working with or within a school district.)
What? Research that defines the needs of the region’s workforce in terms of skills and competencies.
Why? Provides educators, employers, and partners with targets for alignment.
What? Increased student access to and engagement with information about careers and the academic pathways that lead to those careers. Projects, programs, and events that expand and share information about careers and pathways.
Why? Provides students with more and better ways to explore and learn about careers. Makes more tools and materials available to teachers and guidance counselors for attracting and informing students’ interest.
What? Activities that unite the region and inspire collaboration among employers, educators, nonprofits and workforce/economic development partners.
Why? Collaborative efforts maximize resources and increase return on investment. Sustained, coordinated efforts produce quality outcomes.
Who can apply? Workforce development organizations, educational institutions, or nonprofit partners. (Nonprofits must submit the Pre-Authorization Form if working with or within a school district.)
To apply for a grant that aligns with Education Works, apply to Community Grants under the Education Focus Area.