Motorola Grant Available for Northern Illinois Title 1 Schools

Illinois Destination Imagination is pleased to announce that all Northern Illinois Title 1 schools for Middle School and High School students located within 100 miles of a Motorola Facility are eligible to apply for a Destination Imagination Grant.

2020-21 GRANT OVERVIEW
The Destination Imagination Challenge Experience is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’
creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science,
technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning.
Destination Imagination, Inc. has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable
arm of Motorola Solutions. The Foundation focuses its funding on STEM education, specifically in the fields
of technology and engineering. Through its grant programs, the Motorola Solutions Foundation impacts
underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities and more.
Funding is currently available to cover the costs associated with running the Destination Imagination
Challenge Experience for
middle and high school teams in your community. Title I schools and youth/
community organizations that serve a similar population are invited to apply for funding.

Since many schools which normally would administer these grants are not offering extracurriculars this year, individuals whose students normally attend one of these schools or participate in one of the enrichment programs may apply for the grant too.

2020-2021 GRANT ELIGIBLE COUNTY LIST
To qualify for this grant funding, sponsoring schools or organizations must be located within 100 miles of a preselected Motorola facility. The list of Motorola locations and the eligible counties surrounding them are listed
below.

If your Middle School students (grades 6,7 and 8) or High School Students (grades 9,10,11 and 12) are currently enrolled in a Title 1 school or your community group serves underrepresented groups listed above and you are in one of the below counties, you may apply for the grant.

Motorola – Chicago/Elgin/Schaumburg, Illinois
• Boone, IL
• Bureau, IL
• Carroll, IL
• Cook, IL
• DeKalb, IL
• DuPage, IL
• Ford, IL
• Grundy, IL
• Iroquois, IL
• Kane, IL
• Kankakee, IL
• Kendall, IL
• La Salle, IL
• Lake, IL
• Lee, IL
• Livingston, IL
• Marshall, IL
• McHenry, IL
• Ogle, IL
• Putnam, IL
• Stark, IL
• Stephenson, IL
• Whiteside, IL
• Will, IL
• Winnebago, IL
• Woodford, IL

HOW IT WORKS
STEP 1: APPLY
Title I schools and youth/community organizations should complete the application and submit to Destination
Imagination headquarters. This grant is meant for middle- and high school-aged students only. Apply at
DestinationImagination.org/motorola.
STEP 2: APPROVAL
Upon application approval, a grant agreement will be sent to the organization for signing. The Team Manager
or other appropriate individual should sign and return the signed agreement to DI.
STEP 3: PRE-EXPERIENCE SURVEY
The Team Manager will be asked to complete an online Pre-Experience Survey with their team members.
When this survey is completed, DI will:
• Issue one (1) Team Number for the applicant organization
• Issue one (1) Background Check code for the Team Manager
• Release $250 to cover materials and snacks
• Pay applicable local Affiliate and tournament fees on behalf of the applicant.
STEP 4: TRAINING
The assigned Team Manager will have access to DI’s online Learning Management System to train them on
how to be an effective Team Manager and teach the creative process. Team Managers may also attend local,
in-person trainings if available.
STEP 5: SOLVE THE CHALLENGE
Guided by the Team Manager, 2-7 team members meet and work together over several weeks or months to
create a solution to any of our competitive Team Challenges. Because this year’s challenge solutions will be
digital submissions that utilize technology, we are opening grant participation to teams competing in
any of our six competitive challenges.
STEP 6: PARTICIPATE IN A TOURNAMENT
After participating virtually in the Illinois Affiliate tournament and completing the Post-experience survey, DI will release an
additional $250 Team Manager stipend (one per team) for Team Managers who are school district or
organization employees.
STEP 7: ADVANCE ON
If the team qualifies for a second level of competition, the grant will cover the tournament fees. (Not Applicable this year)
STEP 8: GLOBAL FINALS
If the team qualifies to attend Global Finals 2021 in Kansas City, MO (May 22-26*), the Motorola Solutions
Foundation Grant may cover a portion of the event registration and travel fees for the team to attend. This portion
of fees is dependent on the number of teams working under this grant that qualify.
*These dates are subject to change.
Questions? Email kcelek@dihq.org or call 856-324-4710

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