Martwick announces $150,000 in grants coming to local school districts

CHICAGO – State Senator Robert Martwick announced Wednesday that a combined $150,000 will be distributed to local school districts for infrastructure improvements, thanks to the Illinois State Board of Education.

“Keeping up with the maintenance of our school districts’ facilities is crucial and has previously shown to improve students’ educational outcome,” said Martwick (D-Chicago). “It is important to make sure school environments are a safe and comfortable learning setting.”

Schools included within the 10th District to receive funding include:

  • Ridgewood CHSD 234 – $50,000
  • Pennoyer SD 79 – $50,000
  • Norridge SD 80 – $50,000

Funds will be allocated for projects to update heating and cooling infrastructure, improvements to ventilation, increased accessibility throughout buildings, and more.

“By improving the infrastructure of school facilities, students have the ability to grow academically,” Martwick said. “Studies have shown that with better learning environments, students can keep comfortable, healthy and engaged.”

In the latest announcement, a total of $30 million in School Maintenance Grants was distributed to districts across the state. To be eligible for the grants, applicants were required to match the state funds and commit to completing proposed projects within two years.

A full list of grantees and awards can be viewed on the ISBE website.