To show appreciation for area K-12 educators who have been forced to adapt to new styles of teaching throughout the pandemic, Western Governors University (WGU) is pledging to award up to $125,000 in grant money to K-12 teachers who need help funding their innovative classroom projects as part of the nonprofit university’s “Fund My Classroom” initiative.

Teachers can submit proposed projects online for the opportunity to receive full or partial funding. Applications are being accepted through Sunday, April 18, and selected classroom projects will be announced during Teacher Appreciation Week, which runs May 3 to 7.

K-12 educators can request funding for any type of innovative classroom project they believe would provide an enriching classroom experience for their students–from books, supplies and equipment or technology to classroom experiences and field trips. To be considered, proposed projects must include a description, detailing how much funding is needed and how the proposed project will benefit students. Both public and private school teachers are encouraged to apply.

The WGU Fund My Classroom initiative was launched in Missouri in 2019 and was expanded to include select counties in Illinois last year. This is the first year the grant initiative has been made available to teachers across the entire state of Illinois.

For more information or to apply, visit wgu.edu.