Teacher Mini-Grant Program


one-five Foundation Kathy Buesching Memorial Mini-Grant Application Guidelines

2021-2022 School Year

The one-five Foundation is once again offering an annual mini-grant program open to staff members of Community Consolidated School District 15. These grants can support a wide range of opportunities for the students of the District with a focus on programs or technology.

Mini-Grant Timeline

Monday, September 20, 2021

Grant application materials published on the one-five Foundation website: www.one-five.org


Monday, October 18, 2021

Deadline to submit grant applications


Monday, November 15, 2021

Grant applicants notified of final application decision


Friday, April 29, 2022

Deadline to submit all receipts for reimbursement


Thursday, June 30, 2022

Deadline to submit impact report for project

Application Materials

Click this link to submit your online application form.


To complete the form, the following information will be requested; see the online form for additional details including the scoring system and word counts:


  • Applicant’s name, school and contact information

  • Name of project or program

  • Principal’s name and approval for submission

  • Type of project: program or technology

  • Area of curriculum supported by the project

  • Targeted student population

  • The number of students that will benefit from the project

  • The grade level(s) of students that will benefit from the project

  • Project description

  • Rationale/Need

  • Evaluation/Impact

  • Project Calendar

  • Project Budget


Application Guidelines

  • The deadline for submitting all applications is Monday, October 18, 2021.

  • DO NOT include the name of your school or any staff member names anywhere in the application other than on the cover page.

  • Depending on the number of grant applications and the amount of total funds requested, the Foundation may make the decision to provide partial funding for projects.

  • The Foundation will not provide money for refreshments, personal time staff may use to implement the program, salaries, commercially produced programs, or student field trips.

  • Acquisition of all materials required to execute awarded grants is the responsibility of the grant recipient. All receipts as approved in the awarded submission must be submitted for reimbursement prior to April 30, 2022 and will be paid out no later than June 30, 2022.

  • Recipients should be prepared to provide the Foundation with an impact report no later than June 30, 2022. Failure to submit this report will make the recipient ineligible for future grant consideration.

  • On the cover page, applicants will need to attest that their principal has reviewed and approved the project for submission.

  • On the final page, applicants will need to attest that they have read and understand these guidelines as well as all information provided on the online application form.


Questions regarding the mini-grant process can be directed to Joan Scovic, one-five Foundation Vice Chair and Mini-Grant Committee Chair, at jscovic@gmail.com or 224-400-8530.

Over its lifetime, the one-five Foundation has donated more than $2 million to District 15 to enhance classroom learning opportunities.
Part of this funding goes to teacher mini-grants each year. In 2019, grants were awarded in two categories: Program Awards and Technology Awards.  These grants spanned 15 of our Junior High and Elementary Schools and named over 30 teachers.  Conyers Learning Academy was awarded $12,000 for a multi-sensory room and tools.

In the technology category, the 2019 mini-grant winners were:

  • Megan Sanchez, Paul Behen and Jeff Donatowicz of Carl Sandburg Junior High, John Conyers Learning Academy and Winston Campus  for “A Healthy Heart and Body for All Students.” 

  • Carol Coutts-Siepka of Plum Grove Junior High for “G.E.A.R. (Get Excited About Robots)”.

  • Emily Strand of Pleasant Hill Elementary for “Qball Throwable Microphone.” 

  • Jen Buelow and Nicole Mogilinski of Walter Sundling Junior High for “Launching our Ideas with Rocketbooks!” 

  • Carol Coutts-Siepka of Plum Grove Junior High for “eMERGEing Technology.” 

  • Katie Ruiz of Winston Campus Junior High for “Vex Robotics Competition.” 

  • Amy Schmidt and Sandy Ramsland of Jane Addams Elementary for “Audio Books for all.” 

  • Jessica Hennelly and Colleen Tapling of Winston Campus Elementary for “Portable Maker Space Classroom.” 

  • Jessica Busse, Jenny Orth, Carrie Holt, Heather Klikas, Katie Nawrot, Sarah Das and Nicole Perso of John Conyer's Learning Academy for “Multi-Sensory Room and Sensory Tools.” 

In the programs category, this year’s mini-grant winners are:

  • Michelle Scott of Frank C. Whiteley Elementary for “Learning Through Movement.” 

  • Meghan Sanchez of Marion Jordan Elementary for “Hallway to Motion.” 

  • Carla O'Connor of Stuart R. Paddock Elementary for “Boosting Reading Levels with Playaways.” 

  • Katie Burns-Wojalewicz of Carl Sanburg Jr. High for “Using Picture books in the Inquiry Model to Engage, Exlore and Extend in the Social Studies Workshop style classroom.” 

  • Jamie Schaeffer of Winston Campus Elementary School for “Making Multicultural Literature Accessible to all learners.” 

  • Sue Major, Irene Salman and Michelle Pashkow of Virginia Lake Elementary School for “Student Centered Seating for Wellness.”

  • Melissa Warder of Lake Louise Elementary School for “SEL Student Choice Classrooms.” 

  • Katie Dengler of Virginia Lake Elementary School for “Leveling Up Classroom Libraries.”

  • Allison Judson of Virginia Lake Elementary School for “Walking Wednesdays.”

  • Joan Thomas of Willow Bend Elementary School for “Butterfly Garden.” 

  • Laura Robinson of Winston Campus Junior High School for “Book in My Hands: Novel Study Groups.” 

Thanks to support from the one-five Foundation, in 2018 Conyers Learning Academy students were able to plant and tend to their own vegetable garden last summer and fall. The hands-on experience was tied into core subjects like speech and reading. A garden for 2019 is already being planned!