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Whether you donate to an existing endowment or create your own, be assured that your passion is our purpose.
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Hear from IYWT Council members all about IYWT grants, which which provide financial support for youth-led and youth-benefiting projects in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. The application is open now and closes March 8, 2021.
This video provides more information about Neighborhood Grants, including a history of the program, details about the new online application, and the types of projects that are a good fit. It was recorded on February 18, 2021, in advance of the opening of the 2021 Neighborhood Grants Application. The application will be open from March 1 - April 5, 2021.
“We’re focused on endowment because we’re long term thinkers. Some of the seeds we plant are not going to come up for eight years, so it was not a struggle for us to imagine that we should start planning now for what the needs might be in ten or twenty years.” -- Bernie Buchholz, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, which established an Agency Endowment Fund with CFNIL in 2014