Villa announces $150,000 in infrastructure grants for local schools

WEST CHICAGO – State Senator Karina Villa announced $150,000 in grants for three local school districts, thanks to funds distributed by the Illinois State Board of Education.

“Students learn best in safe and well-maintained environments,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “By ensuring classrooms are up-to-date and taken care of, we set our students on a path to succeed.”

A total of $30 million in 2022 School Maintenance Grants was distributed to 600 applicants 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.

West Chicago Elementary School District 33, Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 and Batavia Unified School District 101 will receive $50,000 grants each through the program. Projects made possible thanks to these grants include updates to heating and cooling, improvements to ventilation, increased accessibility throughout buildings and more.

“Students across our community couldn’t be more deserving of this investment in their education,” Villa said. “I’m excited to see these projects over the coming years.”

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