Thiems Grants and Study Skills

Study Skills Academy

Foundation 205 is proud to support the Study Skills Academy.  Designed and implemented by teachers throughout the district, this program focuses on providing individualized instruction  for students who may need additional support with math, reading comprehension, writing and executive functioning skills.

Thiems Grants

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 700 grants have been awarded totaling $1.8 million in Thiems Grants for Elmhurst Public Schools.

Foundation 205 invested over $130,000 into the educational experiences of Elmhurst Public School students through our 2020 Theims grant program.  Watch our video announcing our winners or click here for a complete list of winners.

Thiems Grants Application Materials

To award a Thiems grant, Foundation 205 looks for a concise description of a well-developed program, a clearly defined plan to connect it to the curriculum and the district’s strategic plan, and most importantly strong elements of creativity and innovation.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 grant period, however, if you are interested in planning a submission for 2021, please preview the application and guidelines.  Grant winners will be notified and announced in May.

Application form

Application guidelines

  • Teachers, students, administrators, parents, or community members in District 205 are eligible to apply. 

  • District wide, building wide, grade level, or individual classroom initiatives are eligible for consideration. Collaborative initiatives within and across schools are given priority. 

  • Larger requests over $5,000 must impact multiple levels of students or be designated for district wide or multi-school implementation.

Potential applicants are encouraged to direct questions to the Foundation’s Executive Director, Kristi Amendola, at prior to submitting.

Thiems Grant Information


Click here to see how we made an impact during the 2019-2020 school year.