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At the Library

Named in memory of Dr. Russell Thiems, Superintendent of District 205 from 1983 to 1992. Dr. Thiems recognized the need to provide opportunities for students beyond what was possible through tax revenues. He then recruited community members to serve on the Board of Directors, and together they established Foundation 205.  Since 1990, over 800 grants have been awarded totaling over $2.5 million in Thiems Grants for Elmhurst Public Schools.

Applications are now open for our

2023-24 Thiems Grant funding cycle 

Applications for our 2023-24 Thiems grant cycle are now being accepted. Any teacher, staff member, student, parent or community member can apply. What's your idea for increasing innovation, curiosity, inclusion and access for all D205 students?  We can't wait to hear!

Past Thiems Grant Awards

2023 Recipients

2022 Recipients

2021 Recipients

2020 Recipients

2019 Recipients

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Awarding 46 Thiems Grants in 2023

On May 10th, Foundation 205 board members traveled across the district to award a record-breaking 46 awards totaling $238,446 in Thiems grants to deserving D205 staff and educators!  Grant funding included:

  • Over $107,000 to support innovative education projects in K-5, including funding that impacts all 8 elementary schools.

  • Nearly $50,000 for grants to advance opportunities across all middle schools.

  • Close to $69,000 for innovative grants at York High School.

  • Over $11,000 to support the Early Childhood Education Center 

For a complete list of our 2023 Thiems grants, please click HERE.

Every student across all buildings will utilize a Foundation grant in some capacity. Parity in experience and opportunity continues to be a top priority.

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