Mini-Grant Programs

Illinois High School Mini-Grants are available to public and private high schools with existing journalism programs.

High school journalism teachers may apply for grants up to $1,500 to purchase new hardware and software needed to produce print or online newspapers; to launch/establish a new web reporting version of existing publications; to advance journalism excellence and free expression; and to educate students about news literacy and why it matters.

The Illinois high schools that received mini-grants in 2018 include: Alton High School, Argo Community High School, Belvidere High School, Carlyle High School, Chester High School, Fulton High School, Jacksonville High School, Normal Community High School, Oswego High School, Okawville Junior/Senior High School, Pearl City High School, Phoenix Military Academy, Prospect High School, Red Bud High School District 132, Thornridge High School and UIC College Prep.

2019 dates TBA.

IPF News
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