Classroom Empowerment Grants

It’s that time of the year again, and Egyptian Electric Cooperative is again offering our Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grants to our local schools within our territory! We are aware that adequate funding for many school systems has been a challenge. Commitment to Community is one of our Touchstone Energy core principles, and we are committed to the communities we serve and want to continue to provide assistance to them.  Eight $500 Classroom Empowerment Grants will be offered and awarded to public and private K-12 schools to help them with projects that will improve educational opportunities for students. Visit the Classroom Empowerment Grant webpage to learn more, and how easy it is to apply! Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. November 3, 2017, and the grant awards will be announced by December 15, 2017. Download from our website, receive from one of our offices or the coming October Illinois Country Living magazine for the application and information. For questions regarding the Classroom Empowerment Grants, please contact Brooke Guthman at (800) 606-1505 or 

Carruthers Classroom Grant Winners 2016

Classroom Empowerment Grants

The Classroom Grant Application window has closed. Applications were accepted through Friday, November 4, 2022, will be announced no later than December 9, 2022.

There will be TEN $500 Classroom Empowerment Grants that will be awarded to teachers/school administrators for the 2022/2023 school year. This includes public and private K-12 schools to support classroom projects that will improve educational opportunities for students. Winning applications will be based on projects that best serve the purpose of improving the learning environment and/or increasing educational resources for the students. Applicants and schools are eligible to apply every year, even if the applicant has been a previous recipient. Please note, that the school or district does NOT have to receive electric service from Egyptian Electric Cooperative to qualify.

The grant submissions are due Friday, November 4th and winners will be notified on or before December 9, 2022. Grant application and information/official rules can be found below.

Applications are not limited to public schools, but public schools within our territorial footprint are: Marissa, Sparta, Chester, Pinckneyville, Murphysboro, Elverado, Trico, Carbondale, Steeleville, Red Bud, Carterville and Coulterville.

Applications will be accepted by email to (scanned in one (1) .pdf document), by fax to (888) 554-8181, Attn: Brooke Guthman, by mail to Egyptian Electric Cooperative, 1732 Finney Road, Murphysboro, IL 62966, or dropped off to our office drive-thru or outdoor dropbox.

The Grant Application Form should be completed, AND a double-spaced typewritten request (not to exceed 3 pages) that includes the following. Photos and supporting data are optional, but strongly encouraged:

  • A description of the project, what the project will accomplish, and why it should be selected for funding.
  • The estimated cost of the project based on researched & provided data.
  • An explanation of why funds are necessary for the completion of the project.
  • If other funding options have been pursued, the status of those requests.
  • When the project will be completed.
  • The number of students impacted by the project.
  • How the goals of the project will be measured, and what would determine if the project is a success.
  • How the project ties to our Touchstone Energy core values: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community.

The ten $500 Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grants have been awarded to teachers/school administrators for the 2021/2022 school year. Winners include:

  1. Shelby Ahlfield, General John A. Logan, Murphysboro – Second Step to Social Emotional Learning
  2. Donnie Torres, Saint Andrew School, Murphysboro – Solar Vehicles
  3. Cheri Boyd; Chester High School – The Game of Life Simulation-A Realistic View to Life as an Adult
  4. Angela Zier, Carterville High School – Eco Column Project
  5. Brandi Yates, DeSoto Grade School – STEM for Creative Minds
  6. Cathy Lay, Tri-C Elementary, Carterville – Butterfly Life Cycle
  7. Sarah Bartosik, Perandoe Special Education Program, Red Bud – Differentiated Instruction
  8. Jenny White, Trinity Christian School, Carbondale – Musical Chairs
  9. Carla Vaca Diez & Anne Kaszubski, Parrish School, Carbondale – Sensory Bin Cart
  10. Lisa Shields, Carruthers School, Murphysboro – The Apple of My Eye