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The Mill Foundation Grant

Grants to Greater Rockford, Illinois Nonprofits
for Programs to Benefit Disadvantaged Youth

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Grants to Illinois nonprofits for programs to benefit disadvantaged youth and families in the Rockford region. Funding is intended to assist children, youth, and families in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. The Funding Source seeks to help abused, neglected and at-risk youth and their families to develop and establish appropriate values, healthy relationships, behaviors, and life skills that will lead to responsible and productive lives.

Grant areas of interest include:
a) Community and neighborhood development as it affects youth
b) Education grant proposals

The Mill Foundation looks for proposals which:
- Articulate innovative, visionary, and meaningful goals
- Are thoughtful, anticipatory, with some risk taking
- Present clear, specific, and measurable plans
- Demonstrate quality, effectiveness, and good management
- Provide for long-range fund development beyond the grant funding period

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143546

Term of Contract:

Grants are usually made for one year only; but under certain circumstances, a multi-year commitment may be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organization must:
a) Be compatible with the Mission Statement of the Mill Foundation
b) Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit agency
c) Provide services within the greater Rockford area, which includes the counties of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago
d) Able to report on measurable outcomes.

In general, grants are not made from the Mill Foundation for the following:
- Annual campaigns
- Generally not on-going deficit budgets
- Endowments
- Individuals
- Ongoing operating expenses and project support
- Re-granting of funds
- Projects or programs that promote a religion or require participation in a religious activity as a condition for receiving services. However, grants may be made to faith-based organizations for other purposes.
- Organizations that restrict services, facilities or employment provided by the grant based on race, creed, color, sex or national origin.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. The application deadline is March 15, each year. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, proposals are due on the next business day.

Organizations awarded a grant previously may now apply on an annual basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Download applications and mail to:

The Mill Foundation
P.O. Box 16388
Loves Park, IL 61132
ATTN: Grant Application

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: The Greater Rockford area, including the Counties of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago