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Empowering
Educators To Inspire Students

Empowering educators to inspire students. A partnership for innovation and education serving District 87 and Unit 5 schools in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

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Empowering
Educators To Inspire Students

Empowering educators to inspire students. A partnership for innovation and education serving District 87 and Unit 5 schools in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.

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What We Do

The mission of Beyond the Books Educational Foundation is to fund innovative enrichment programs for the students of McLean County Unit District No. 5 and Bloomington District 87 Public Schools.

The foundation is committed to educational excellence in the core academic areas, the arts and humanities, sciences and technology.

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45
Grants Awarded in 2021
884
Total Grants Over Time
$86K
Total Grant Funds in 2021
$852K
Total Grants Funded

Since 1992

Grants
Grant Options

Grants

One grant in the amount of $7,500 and $10,000 will be awarded in this category for an exceptional proposal. The Beyond the Box award is given by a private foundation to Beyond the Books Educational Foundation and BTBEF selects the winner.

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26 August 2021

NCHS receives $10k award to renovate greenhouse

Agriscience teacher and FFA adviser Liz Harris said it was a student's excitement and curiosity that led her to secure a $10,000 grant this year to renovate the school’s rundown greenhouse.

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02 July 2021

2021-2022 Grant Recipients

Educators in District 87 and Unit 5 submitted 63 mini and standard grant applications requesting a total of $119,338. The Foundation awarded $76,276 to 44 projects. Since 1992 $852,581 has been awarded to support 884 projects.

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14 January 2021

2020-2021 GRANT RECIPIENTS

View the most recent listing of grant recipients from the 2020-2021 school year

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The mini-grants provided a variety of resources and materials to help target specific skills in the area of speech and language using a creative, multimodal approach. It’s been exciting and rewarding, for both myself and my students, to implement the various resources my mini-grants have provided.
A. Carroll - District 87