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In Youth We Trust (IYWT) Grant

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits for Youth-Led Projects
in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL)

Deadline Date:

02/08/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Illinois nonprofits for youth-led service projects in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. Projects should encourage teamwork and collaboration, utilize creative solutions to community issues, create community understanding and awareness of youth issues, have a clear, practical plan for implementation, and have a realistic budget.

Applicants must be groups that are primarily made up of members who are 19 years of age or younger, and proposed projects must be planned and implemented by youth.

Priority will be given to collaborative projects.

Grant recipients will be invited to attend a reception in April, where they will have the opportunity to present their project plan to the public.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179289

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may apply for a maximum of $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

- Be part of a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit agency, public institution (such as a school), and/or organized group carrying out a charitable purpose for the public good.
- Operate within Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and/or Winnebago County.
- Be a group that is primarily made up of members who are 19 years of age or younger.
- Propose a project that is planned and implemented by youth.
- Involve youth in every aspect of the grant process – writing the application, participating in applicant interviews, implementing the project, and participating in any grant check presentation for their organization.
- Be current on all final reports for grants from the Community Foundation; if your agency has a program currently being funded with a Community Foundation grant and your final report is not yet due, you must submit an interim report on the progress of your program.
- Be operated and organized so that there is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, gender orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran’s status, disability, or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.

The Community Foundation does not make grants from its In Youth We Trust Fund to or for the following:

- For-profit organizations
- Adult-inspired and implemented youth programs (Adult partners are encouraged to provide guidance but are not allowed to write the application or be the primary organizers of the project.)
- Salaries for adult advisors or coordinators
- Projects and 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
- Individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

There will be only one grant cycle during the 2017-18 school year.

The 2017-18 grant application will be available from December 8, 2017-February 8, 2018. The online application must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on February 8, 2018. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

Funds will be available in early April.

Applications are reviewed by the In Youth We Trust Council, a diverse group of 30-40 youth who make grant recommendations. The Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees approves all grant awards.

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Contact Information:

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

Sarah Lambert
Phone: (815) 962-2110 ext. 17

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties