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Banking on YOUth Classroom Grant

Grants to Illinois and Missouri Teachers
to Expand the Classroom Curriculum

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mercantile Bank

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 11:59 PM CDT


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Grants of up to $500 to Illinois and Missouri teachers for innovative and creative teaching methods that will enhance PreK-12 classroom curricula and benefit students in eligible regions. Grants will be awarded in the following categories: science and technology, arts and humanities, health and fitness, field trip and transportation, books and materials, and special initiatives. Eligible programs are those that benefit students in Quincy and Palmyra.

Mercantile Bank's Banking on YOUth Grant Program is designed to provide teachers with an opportunity to expand and enhance their classroom curriculum for all students. The Banking on YOUth grant is to be used to underwrite and support creative and innovative learning methods, which a teacher would not otherwise have the funds to implement.

The Banking on YOUth Grant is open to all certified Quincy and Palmyra public or parochial school educators.  This includes all early childhood, elementary, and secondary education teachers. 

At least one grant will be awarded in each of the following categories for a total of six annual Banking on YOUth Grant opportunities:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Health & Fitness (Paul Arndt Grant)
  • Books & Materials
  • Science & Technology
  • Field Trip & Transportation
  • Special Initiatives

While an application may include elements related to multiple categories, all applications must designate the best overall category for which it is to be considered. 

  • Grants should implement creative ideas by teachers in order to:
  • Improve and enhance a classroom's academic environment.
  • Reach a broad range of students and involve them directly and actively.
  • Encourage creative and memorable experiences for students.
  • Complement major goals of the school district.
  • Build upon school, department, and grade level plans.
  • Encourage students participation and broaden their involvement in our community.
  • Develop alternative and effective methods of instruction.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143479

Number of Grants:

A total of six annual Banking on YOUth Grant opportunities will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

At least one grant, a maximum of $500, will be awarded in six different categories.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be implemented within the specified academic year for which the grant is awarded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Banking on YOUth Grant Program is open to all certified Quincy and Palmyra public or parochial school educators. This includes all early childhood, elementary, and secondary education teachers.

The following types of programs will not be funded by the Banking on YOUth program:
- Programs or projects which are the responsibility of the school (such as in-service or professional development)
- Materials and equipment typically purchased by the school (such as basic classroom supplies and standard technology or audio or visual equipment)
- Capital or building campaigns
- General endowment campaigns
- General operating expenses
- Scholarships or singular-student programs
- Charitable or fund-raising events

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications for the 2021-22 academic school year will be accepted online through 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 30, 2021.

Grants will be awarded in May so that programs can be implemented during the following school year.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Teachers who have questions, or would like more information about the program should contact Melissa Chaplin at Mercantile Bank at 217-214-1136 or

Mercantile Bank
Banking on YOUth Grant Program
PO Box 3455
Quincy, IL 62305

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USA: Illinois: Quincy;   Missouri: Palmyra

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