Paying it Forward With Grants for Women and Youth

You know the expression, "Pay it forward"? The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF) follows this mantra. Last year, the foundation received some major donations. They have paid it forward by offering Women to Women Giving Circle grants and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants to Illinois nonprofits. has many grants for the categories of women and youth

The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation awarded Women to Women Giving Circle grants in 2017 to the following recipients: 

  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid’s Second Change and Family Connections Summit – $15,537
  • Girls in the Game After School Program – $5,000
  • Girls on the Run of Central Illinois’ McLean County Expansion – $5,000
  • Girls Scouts of Central Illinois’ Be a Friend First – $4,000
  • Music Connections Foundation’s Kindermusik at Neville House – $2,813
  • Normal Community West High School’s Girls Who Code-Makerspace – $7,650.

And, the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation awarded Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants in 2017 to the following recipients:

  • 100 Black Men of Central Illinois Summer School Scholarships – $950
  • Child Protection Network for gas cards for Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers – $1,850
  • Clinton Elementary School for Read Across Clinton – $1,000
  • Easterseals Central Illinois for Timer Pointe scholarships – $1,000
  • Fostering Dignity for backpacks for children entering foster care – $1,000
  • Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Bloomington-Normal chapter for Speaking Up for Success – $200
  • West Bloomington Active Garden for a garden for low-income families through Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal – $4,000.

Greg Meyer, Executive Director feels that all grant categories at IPCF are significant and deserving of funding, but since United Way does not fund arts & culture perhaps those charities are especially grateful. 

So, with some endowments, the foundation was enabled to offer the following grants: 

  1. Foundation/Mirza Arts and Culture grants for performing, visual or literary arts or art education, $71,672 available.
  2. General grants for education, environment, health and wellness or youth, $58,328 available.
  3. Sol Shulman Jewish Education and Life grants, $20,000 available.

When applying for an IPCF grant, Mr. Meyer advises to

"Read the questions carefully and answer with as much detail as possible."

For women or youth grants across the United States and internationally, look to GrantWatch.