The application for the Blanche Martin Mini-Grant is now open, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 16, 2019.

Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International is a group of key women educators from Boone and Winnebago Counties

The Zeta Chapter has established the Blanche Martin Mini-Grant Program with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL), which makes financial awards to qualified Early Childhood through Grade 12 Educators currently teaching in Boone and Winnebago Counties.

This year, the Blanche Martin Mini Grant will award six $250 awards.


To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • Be a qualified Early Childhood through Grade 12 educator
  • Be currently teaching in Boone or Winnebago Counties

What We Look For

The mini-grants may be used to fund special classroom activities, purchase educational materials, attend workshops, or implement any other project that enhances or improves the quality of education.  The project should:

  1. Improve and enhance a classroom’s academic program,
  2. Encourage creativity in students,
  3. Involve a broad range of students,
  4. Have the potential for being replicated, and
  5. Be implemented in the same academic year in which the grant is awarded.

Deadlines & How to Apply

To apply for the mini-grants, educators must complete an online application.  Applications are available through CFNIL’s Web Portal at applications must be submitted by December 16, 2019 by 5 p.m.  Grant recipients will be notified in January, 2020.

Reporting Requirements

Grant recipients will be asked to submit a final report within four months of grant approval. Past grant recipients will be excluded from future grant consideration if the final report has not been submitted for prior funding. Grant recipients will also be asked to prepare a brief presentation about their project to be presented at a Zeta Chapter meeting to be held in late spring 2020.

Questions about BMMG?

Questions regarding program guidelines and criteria should be directed to Meghan Hembrough, Co-Chairman, Personal Growth and Services Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Zeta Chapter.

Questions regarding the online application should be directed to James Patterson, Grants Officer, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois at 779-210-8206.

Online Application


The online application must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.  Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.


How to Register & Apply

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Contact James Patterson

+1 (779) 210-8206

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