The photo above features the 2019 fall "Excellence in Education" (EIE) grants awarded to I-G instructors. 
Front row: Tim Donovan, leading the 5th & 6th grade classes for the past 20 years with the "Trees for Tomorrow" field trip experience; Carrie Hartnett, with "Pi Day Celebration" for high school math students as they discuss the math behind the number pi along with some tasty pies; Britany Lynch, 1st grade teacher who is undertaking the training of a therapy dog that will ultimately offer students social and emotional skills leading to more calmness, confidence and academic success.
Back row: IGEF Board members Fred Skaife, Peggy Biddick, Ron Haas, Dave Kalish: Jodi Bast, IGEMS Early Childhood - 1st grade Principal; Stephanie Hubbard, District Superintendent; Robyn Oberfoell, IGEMS Principal, 2nd - 8th grades.
Excellence in Education (EIE) General Grant Information

What type of projects are encouraged?
Projects or activities that support innovative and creative ideas that inspire both students and faculty to achieve educational excellence and/or provide ways to strengthen and support families (e.g. parenting classes) so that education becomes an attainable shared endeavor.  

What qualifications are required to apply for grants from the Iowa-Grant Eductional Foundation (IGEF)?
Only those persons directly connected to the Iowa-Grant School District may apply for grants.  The IGEF accepts only those projects for consideration that are not within the scope of the district or county responsibility and that are not typically funded by tax dollars.

Those eligible to apply include:
1) Any Iowa-Grant staff member.
2) Any Iowa-Grant student with the sponsorship of an appropriate Iowa-Grant staff member (preferable 3 or more students).
3) Any business, parent group or community based organization in collaboration with an Iowa-Grant staff member.

Grants Due October 1st and March 1st
(The Board may consider other requests throughout the year.)

The Marge & Clyde Wagner Excellence in Education Endowment Fund Established

    We are happy to announce that The Marge & Clyde Wagner Excellence in Education Endowment Fund has been established in 2019 to honor Marge's years as an elementary teacher in the Iowa-Grant School District as well Clyde's years as a farmer near Livingston.  Seven of the Wagner children graduated from Iowa-Grant: Gary, Cheryl, Janel, Mary Jo, Debra, Judy and Jim.  The oldest child, David, was part of the last class to graduate from Livingston High School. 

   To honor both Marge's teaching and Clyde's work with agriculture, this endowment provides grants for agriculture related projects and programs for PK through 12, that are suggested by teachers, support staff and/or administrators for support of innovative and creative educational opportunities implemented with students in the classroom.

Grant Update

 All applications for IGEF EIE Grants are now

Only Accepted ONLINE!

The Excellence in Education grant program is to fund projects, activities, and materials that will bring distinction to the school.  These grant dollars are not to supplant tax dollars but are offered to supplement what is not possible through general tax support.  The first grant was presented in 2002.  Since that time and through the spring of 2019, 42 projects have received over $24,000 in funding.

The application deadlines remain the same:  October 1 and March 1.

NOTE:  Announcements of grant awards occur approximately 6 to 8 weeks

after the application deadline.

Plan appropriately – apply for Fall projects by March 1 and Spring projects by October 1.

The online application form is available from the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website.  The direct link to the online grant portal is:   https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=cfsw

(You may also find this link through the CFSW website by accessing the text on the available grants webpage.

There are a few items you should have ‘in hand’ prior to beginning the application.  These include:

  1. Iowa-Grant's Federal ID number.
  2. Detailed project budget.
  3. Full description of the project including identification of the problem or need that the project addreses, the project goals, the audience served, the geographical location served, and other sources of support.
  4. How you plan to publicly acknowledge IGEF should you receive a grant award?

*The final step to complete your grant application is to
With approval then you would submit the application as prompted on the website.
* * We look forward to receiving and reviewing your EIE application * * 

History of Grant Awards

IGEF presented its first grant in 2002.  To date, 42 grants totaling over $24,000 have been awarded in support of projects proposed for the benefit of IG students and their school.  There is incredible breadth in these grants, which have ranged from a Shakespearean experience for high schoolers; a presentation stage in a 6th grade classroom; support for students to attend Trees for Tomorrow; Reading is Fundamental Family Night; and engagement of the Missoula Children's Theater for a summer experience for elementary and middle level students, to name just a few.

Thanks to so many of you who have chosen to support the youth of the Iowa-Grant District.  You truly do make a difference.
$1000 – Botanical Community Gardens Project
$540 – Learning by OSMOsis    
$450  - Kindergarten Field Trip
$1,000 - Superior Coastal Climate Camp

$560 - Therapy Dog Training for classroom and playground support - On going
$1000 - Trees for Tomorrow
$100  - Pi Day Celebration – High School math students
$1,000 - Superior Coastal Climate Camp

$163.32 - Egg Hatching
$900.00 - Welcome to our School
$1,000 - Superior Coastal Climate Camp
$418 – Field trip to Black Earth Children’s Museum & Peck's Farm – Kindergarten
$360 - Third Grade Pen Pal Project
$1000 - Trees for Tomorrow
$100  - Pi Day Celebration – High School math students
$275 - Lego Wall Acquisition 
$1200 - Gifted & Talented - Taliesin tour, Improvisational Theater, Creative Writing, Yound Authors
$250 - Coffee Cart Fridays - Special Education students preparing/greeting/serving/selling coffee to staff

$800 – Trees for Tomorrow  – Winter trip for 7th graders
$800 – Imathimation for K-6th graders and their families
$80  - Pi Day Celebration – High School math students
$400 – Field trip to Black Earth Children’s Museum & Cobb Fire Station – Kindergarten
$1000 – Trees for Tomorrow – Fall trip for 7th graders

$850 – Visiting Author, Rick Chrustowski for April 2017
Iowa-Grant History Books given “with thanks and appreciation” to all I-G employees, totalling over 120.

$1200 – IGEMS Experimental School Garden
$500  – Trees for Tomorrow field trip
$1000 – Updates to the IGEMS Library
$1000 – Missoula Children’s Theatre Project
$1350 – Beautification Project at IGEMS

$500 – Trees for Tomorrow field trip
$500 – Visiting Author: Jonathon Rand
$320 – 6th Grade Classroom Stage

$500 – Trees for Tomorrow field trip
$375.48 – Reading is Fundamental – Family Fun Night

$500 – Trees for Tomorrow field trip
$200 – PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions Signs) for IGEMS

$400 – Trees for Tomorrow field trip

$250 – IGEMS Title 1 Reading for 3 MP3 players plus several audio books
$225 – IGHS Student Health Class Project in conjuction with UW-Platteville Health Project

$474.53 – Compound Microscope & Digital Microscope Camera with matching grant

$400 – Guidance Dept to purchase videos for promoting family activities
$500 – Trees for Tomorrow field trip

$400 -  IGEMS Mini-Stars

$400 – Science Equipment with matching grant

$200 – Second Grade Recess Buddies Project

$575 – Sophomore Honors Communication Class presented “Play Along with Shakespeare”  
            puppet play to 400 students, teachers and community members.