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DKG Mini Grant Program

Grant Information Grant Status: Open Applications Open: November 29, 2021 Applications Close: January 10, 2022 Awards Announced: February 2022 Learn How to Register & Apply

The 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 DKG Mini Grant Program with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in order to make financial awards to qualified Early Childhood through Grade 12 Educators currently teaching in Boone and Winnebago Counties.

The DKG Mini Grant Program is funded by two endowments, the Blanche Martin Mini Grant Fund and the Lana P. Smith Memorial Fund, each established in memory of a woman educator who was also a Zeta Chapter member. 

This year, the DKG Mini Grant Program will make six $250 awards, four funded by the Blanche Martin Mini Grant Fund and two funded by the Lana P. Smith Memorial Fund. Criteria and guidelines for these grants may be found below. Only one application is necessary to apply for both mini grants.

The 2021 BMMG recipients have been announced! Learn more about the six teachers and their classroom projects which were awarded this year >>

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

To be eligible for grants from the Lana P. Smith Memorial Fund, the applicant must also be female.

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.

To apply for the mini-grants, educators must complete an online application. Applications open November 29, 2021, and are available through CFNIL’s Web Portal. All applications must be submitted by January 10, 2022 by 5:00 p.m. Grant recipients will be notified in February 2022.

Grant recipients will be required 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 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. at Rockford University.

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.

Questions? Issues with your application? Contact James!

James Patterson
James Patterson
Program Director
Phone: 779-210-8206
Email: James Patterson