JLKD encourages and supports excellence in teaching by awarding a Teacher’s Grant to educators who present outstanding student programming for an impactful program or project that otherwise would not be provided for in the school budget.

To be eligible for the grant:

  1. Teachers must be employed full-time or part-time at any public or private school serving students who are in pre-k through fifth grade.
  2.  The school or program must serve a minimum of 20% or more of children from a “low-income family/household” within DuPage, Kane, Kendall, or Will County, Illinois. A “low income family/household” is defined as having an annual income that does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty line.

The 2021 application period is now open! Click here to submit an application. Submission due date is January 22, 2021.

Please contact grants@jlkd.org with any questions or to request additional information.

2020 Grant for Impactful Teaching Recipient


In early April 2020, the Junior League of Kane & DuPage Counties, Inc. (JLKD) proudly awarded a Grant for Impactful Teaching to fund a Pollinator Garden at Fearn Elementary School in Aurora, IL.  From the application “This program will extend the learning K – 5 studying the biology of the plants that attract pollinators such as butterflies, honeybees, as well as other insects. This outside classroom will enhance our Life Science units at all levels, allowing the students to gain knowledge by maintaining, investigating, and learning from this area. We will also be observing and plan to be an active part of the larger nation-wide Pollinator Partnership.”