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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:

02/07/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,500 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.

The Council is looking for a diverse groups of students who are engaged in their community, critical thinkers, open to others, and dedicated to improving the world around them.
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.

Types of Funded Projects:
All proposals should address an issue that faces youth in the community:
- Event: The duration of the charitable activity is less than a week.
- Project: The duration has a beginning and ending date, and lasts between one week and three years.
- Program: The duration is ongoing.
- Capital/Commodity: If you are purchasing equipment, a commodity or making a minor capital improvement that will allow you to serve or further your ability to serve youth. If a capital/commodity purchase is not the primary expense of a charitable activity, choose Event/Project/Program, as appropriate.

The Council is looking for a proposal that:
- Promotes collaboration and teamwork
- Provides solutions to community issues
- Helps youth recognize the important role they play within their communities
- Has a clear and practical plan for implementation
- Has a realistic budget
- Has measurable and meaningful results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179289

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may apply for a maximum of $3,500.

Term of Contract:

Funds should not be needed until after April 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must have a sponsoring or parent organization that is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, or a religious organization, unit of government, or public university/college.

The proposal must describe a charitable activity that is both driven by and benefit youth in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and/or Winnebago County.

IYWT will not fund:
- Individuals
- 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
- Projects or organizations that discriminate 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The In Youth We Trust grant application will be open from December 6, 2018, until February 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

You will receive a confirmation email to verify that your application has been received. You may be asked to come in for an interview on March 16, 2019. Funds for awarded grants will be available in April; please ensure that funds are not needed until after April 1, 2019. If you are awarded a grant, there will be a grant reception held on April 25 to honor and promote the recipients.

Contact Information:

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

Please download and email the application to:

Ciara Stahly
(779) 210-8209

946 N. Second St
Rockford, IL 61107

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Geographic Focus:

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