Individual and team Fund for Teacher grants open to educators

The Chicago Foundation of Education (CFE) is now offering $5,000 individual and $10,000 team Fund for Teachers grants to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers. The grants are to recognize and reward teachers who are pursuing opportunities around the globe that can then improve their classrooms at home.

Past recipients have traveled to South Africa to study Apartheid and to the Peruvian rainforest to participate in a conservation project. Teachers who are looking to fund an experience that will impact their practice, their students, and their school communities should apply for this CFE grant.

The grants are open to all pre-kindergarten through grade 12 CPS certified teachers who have a minimum of three years experience. Applicants must spend at least 50 percent of their time in the classroom.

Teachers can apply for an FFT grant once every five years. Applications are now available online at www.cfegrants.org. All applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Friday, January 31. More information can be obtained by calling 312-670-2323.

Founded in 1985, the CFE is dedicated to improving and enhancing public education in Chicago. Research has shown that teacher quality is the most important factor for a student’s achievement outside of the home so the CFE works to help Chicago’s teachers.

Besides FFT grants the CFE also offers Teachers Network Leadership Institute, Study Group Grants and Small Grants. This year the Foundation hopes to award 40 FFT grants to CPS teachers.