Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF) will accept applications for grants in two categories from October 1 to October 31, 2022. Grant applicants will find links to the online application forms online.
These grants provide support to programs that benefit residents in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. The Women to Women Giving Circle has $50,000 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 2023 on programs that open doors to provide opportunities to women and children who are marginalized and have faced barriers in our community (McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties). In addition, Women to Women increased the amount of funding a single organization is able to receive to $20,000 this year. 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 16 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. “Not all grants are able to be fully funded, but for those nonprofit organizations receiving funding, that can make a huge difference to them.”
Successful applicants will receive funding starting in January 2023.
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.
For additional information and questions, grant applicants may contact Michele Evans at [email protected] or 309-662-4477.