Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will accept applications for grants in two categories from October 1 to November 1, 2021. Grant applicants will find links to the online application forms on the Fall Grants page of the IPCF website.
These grants provide support to programs that benefit residents in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. The Women to Women Giving Circle has $55,000 available to award in grants and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) has $10,000 available for grants. Funding for the Women to Women and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants comes from endowments held at IPCF, designated gifts and individual donors.
The Women to Women Giving Circle seeks to improve the lives of women and children in Central Illinois. It is focusing its grants for 2022 on programs that support renewal and recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic for women and children in our community. In addition, the Women to Women grant applicants are encouraged, but not required, to collaborate with another nonprofit organization on the grant program.
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants are for youth-focused programs, with priority given to organizations that include youth in the application process, are awarded by the 20 area high school students who are members of YEP.
“The number and quality of applications increases each year,” said Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director at IPCF. “While not all grants are able to be fully funded, those selected generally receive between $1,000 and $7,000, depending on the program. That can make a huge difference to the organizations that receive them.”
Successful applicants will receive funding starting in January 2022.
Applicants must represent a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, a local unit of municipal, county, state or federal government, a school or college/university, or a tax-exempt religious organization or place of worship. Programs must be available to residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties, but do not have to serve all four counties.