In Youth We Trust is a youth philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
For the 2020-2021 school year, in recognition that COVID-19 may impact the feasibility of youth-led projects and events, IYWT will have two grant cycles: one for proposals written by nonprofit organizations for the purpose of serving youth, and one for proposals written by youth for youth-led, youth-benefiting projects.
- Organizations may apply for a maximum of $3,500. In this year’s cycles, up to $40,000 will be awarded in total.
What are they looking for?
The In Youth We Trust Grant Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois looks for projects that:
- Promote collaboration and teamwork.
- Provide creative solutions to community issues.
- Create community awareness and understanding of youth issues.
- Have a clear, practical plan for implementation.
- Have a realistic budget.
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 operated and organized so that there is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran’s status, disability, or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.
- Priority will be given to collaborative projects.
For more information, visit https://www.cfnil.org/grants/youth