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Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Grant

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
for Programs Benefiting Local Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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DeKalb County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/01/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $2,500 to Illinois youth serving nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to benefit local youth. Funding is intended to support projects and programs implemented or developed by youth in the areas of animal welfare, arts and culture, environment, community development, health and human services, and education. Funded projects must serve the residents of DeKalb County.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) is a DeKalb County Community Foundation initiative designed to stimulate and develop the spirit of philanthropy in young people and to inspire lifelong interest and a commitment to serving others in its youth members. 

YEP Grantmaking Priorities: 

Be a Youth Initiative 

- Youth must be directly involved in the development and/or implementation of the project. Preference will be given to innovative programs or projects.  

Respect Equal Opportunity

- Projects must respect diversity and inclusiveness. 

Dedicated to Community 

- The project must be in response to a legitimate need in the community and benefit youth in DeKalb County. 

Have Accountability 

- Applicants must have a nonprofit fiscal sponsor and demonstrate a realistic plan with a clear set of goals. - Applicants will need to report any alterations of their project plans after submission of the application and the changes will need to be approved by the YEP committee. 

- Applicants should be willing to meet with YEP representatives either as part of the application process or for a site visit to evaluate the project 

- Applicants will be expected to complete a grant report on the success of the project. 

Show Promotion of the 40 Developmental Assets

- The projects must be consistent with the YEP’s dedication to youth empowerment, promotion of youth leadership, and the strengthening of youth involvement in the DeKalb County community as reflected in the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets™ framework. The grant application requires knowledge of the 40 Developmental Assets™. 

For more information, visit: https://dekalbccf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/40AssetsList.pdf

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163056

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$11,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request a maximum of $2,500.

Term of Contract:

YEP grants are expected to be completed within one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits with youth initiatives in DeKalb County are encouraged to apply.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants do not fund:
- Operational phases of established programs
- Personnel and/or administrative costs associated with programs or projects
- Religious purposes (however, grants can be given to religious organizations for non-religious purposes, or facilities such as day-care centers that have non-profit status independent from a sponsoring church or religious organization)
- Purchase of advertising
- Capital or operational debt reduction
- Any political campaign or to support attempts to influence legislative issues of any government body
- Specific individuals
- Consumable items

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due on February 1 of each year and will be reviewed by members of the YEP committee. All requests must be submitted online. A site visit or applicant presentation is required for all applicants.

Each year, the pinnacle of YEP is the grant allocation meeting in April. During this meeting, members are responsible for allocating approximately $11,000 to nonprofits with youth-serving programs and projects in DeKalb County. Once recommendations have been made, the decisions are presented to the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=dekalbcountyfoundation

For more information or to inquire about an application, please contact:
Noah Nordbrock, YEP Staff Advisor
noah@dekalbccf.org
815-748-5383

Tiffany McQueen Lewis, Grants Director
grants@dekalbccf.org

DeKalb County Community Foundation
475 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, Illinois 60178

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