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2018 Community Service Grant

Grants and In-Kind Support to Illinois and Wisconsin
Nonprofits for Community-Serving Renovation Projects

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Painters District Council (PDC) No. 30

Deadline Date:

08/20/18 Midnight


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Grants and In-kind support to Illinois and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations within the funding source’s boundaries for assistance in completing renovation projects that will positively impact their communities. Applicants in need of materials and skilled volunteers for projects involving drywall finishes, glazing, and painting may apply.

Painters District Council No. 30:

Aurora-based Painters District Council No. 30 (PDC 30) is a labor union representing construction workers in the finishing industry – painting, drywall finishing, wall covering, and glazing. PDC 30’s geographical jurisdiction covers 32 counties, primarily in North-Central Illinois (three counties are in Wisconsin). Part of PDC’s multifaceted mission is to advance the social and economic vitality of the community wherein its members work and live. To that end, PDC No. 30 believes that good deeds done in cooperation and collaboration with community organizations, and within communities, establishes goodwill, a positive identity for the union, and high levels of credibility. This credibility is critical to the success of the union. It increases the likelihood of adherence to the union value proposition, encourages community engagement within PDC No. 30’s membership, and exposes us to workers performing finishing work without representation and/or end-users seeking quality finishing services.

PDC 30’s Definition of Service:

PDC 30’s Community Service Grants primarily involve painting and the preparation work necessary to perform a professional job for community organizations. Most of the supported community service projects are completed in one day, with some preparation occurring beforehand by a special advance team. Projects of a longer duration may be acceptable depending on the time of year and availability of volunteers; however, large and/or complex projects for organizations with available resources for capital improvements and maintenance will likely be encouraged to hire a qualified finishing contractor. All volunteers are skilled tradespersons. Project supervisors and a project manager assure a quality outcome.

PDC 30 reviews applications to determine if the community service project you propose is mutually beneficial for both your organization and PDC 30, and the project is achievable within a reasonable timeframe and cost parameters. Following the application deadline, PDC 30 schedules a project assessment with Bid Evolution, a partnering service that – at no cost to the Applicant – determines the project scope (supplies needed, timeframe, number of members needed to perform the work, any specialized health and safety equipment and provisions required, etc.). One or more projects are approved (awarded a Community Service Grant). PDC 30 endeavors to complete projects at little or no cost to organizations awarded a grant; however, there are situations when costly material is required to complete a project according to the vision of the applicant (specialized finishes and techniques, historic or vintage objects, etc.), and the assessment can determine cost sharing if necessary. Projects selected for a grant are scheduled for completion within a mutually agreed-upon timeframe.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182908

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofits in need of skilled volunteers and materials for a project involving painting, drywall finishing, or glazing are invited to apply.

Jurisdictional Boundaries

Grant Awards will be limited to organizations located within or serving residents of the following 32 counties that make up PDC 30’s jurisdiction: Boone, Bureau, DeKalb, DuPage, Ford, Fulton, Hancock, Iroquois, JoDaviess, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Ogle, Peoria, Putnam, Schuyler, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Winnebago, and Woodford in Illinois; and Green, Rock, and Walworth Counties in Wisconsin.

Union painters respect trade jurisdictions; thus, PDC cannot and will not perform work that is within the exclusive purview of another trade union (carpentry, masonry, installation of flooring, etc.).

Pre-Application Information:

Each year, PDC 30 will conduct two Community Service Grant Application cycles: one in the spring and one in the fall. For 2018, spring grant applications are due no later than midnight on March 31, 2018; spring grant award winners will be announced in May. Fall grant applications are due no later than noon (12:00 pm) on August 20, 2018; fall grant award winners will be announced in September.

Applicants are encouraged to complete and submit an application online. Paper applications will also be accepted via mail and email. Fill out the contact form to receive a pdf of the application.

Contact Information:

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

Review additional guidelines and access the application and contact form here:

Painters District Council No. 30
1905 Sequoia Drive, Suite 201
Aurora, IL 60506

Office: (630) 377-2120
Fax: (630) 377-2384

Grant Coverage Areas:

Counties within PDC 30's Jurisdiction

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: PDC 30’s jurisdiction;   Wisconsin: PDC 30’s jurisdiction