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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits for Youth-Led Activities that Benefit Local Young People

Future Philanthropists Program (FPP)


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Geographic Focus
USA: Illinois: Oak Park, River Forest, and bordering communities including Austin

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/12/24 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,500 to Illinois nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that benefit local youth in eligible locations. Youth must be involved with project organization, planning, and/or execution. Grants may be used to support new programs or to expand existing programs. Eligible organizations are located in Oak Park, River Forest, and bordering communities including Austin.

The Future Philanthropist Program provides high school students with the opportunity to learn how to be philanthropists and grantmakers. With this unique program, high school students learn the art, science, and business of philanthropy, raising funds and distributing grants to worthy local nonprofit organizations annually. The students also evaluate the impact of their decisions on youth issues as a result of the grants they distribute.

In order to be considered, your proposal must demonstrate that youth have a voice in your program or project. Youth are defined as those under the age of 21. Examples of youth voice might include programs in which the recipients of services are youth, programs that engage youth in planning and/or organizing the project, or programs in which youth are directly involved in the implementation of the project.

The Future Philanthropists Program has four goals:

  1. To instill knowledge and understanding of the important role of philanthropy in the community and in society.
  2. To give teens a leading role as primary decision makers in the important process of allocating grants to charitable organizations.
  3. To teach teens the art and science of fundraising in order to plan and implement activities that result in charitable contributions.
  4. To provide opportunities for teens to express and demonstrate volunteer leadership activities in the community.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applicant organizations must:
1. Be recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization (or have a fiscal agent who is).
2. Affirm that the program or project will be completed prior to March 1, 2025.
3. Show evidence, if a past Community Foundation grant recipient, that all prior grant reporting requirements have been met.

Organizations that received grants from FPP in both 2022 and 2023 are not eligible to apply in this grants cycle regardless of the program or project (you will eligible to apply again in the 2025 grant cycle).

Pre-Application Information
Submission Deadline: Friday, January 12, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum single grant award is $7,500.

Typical grants in recent years have ranged between $1,000 to $7,000.

Term of Contract
The program or project must be completed prior to March 1, 2025.

Contact Information
Submit applications and direct questions to Karen Tardy, Program Coordinator, at

Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation
1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301

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