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In Youth We Trust Youth Grants

Grant Information Grant Status: Closed Applications Open: January 18, 2022 Applications Close: March 1, 2022 Awards Announced: Late April 2022

In Youth We Trust is a youth philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

Established with a grant from the Ford Foundation in 1994 and endowed by a local donor, In Youth We Trust (IYWT) teaches grantmaking, volunteerism, and leadership skills to today’s youth, preparing them to be the positive change of tomorrow. Since its inception, IYWT has granted over $500,000 to youth projects in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.

This year, the IYWT Council will distribute up to $40,000 to community projects that benefit local youth, in a grant process that mirrors CFNIL’s Community Grants. 

For the 2021-2022 school year 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. The cycle for proposals written by nonprofit organizations will open October 8, 2021, and close November 19, 2021. The cycle for proposals written by youth will open January 18, 2022, and close March 1, 2022. 

This page describes the guidelines and process to apply for the youth-written In Youth We Trust grant cycle. Please visit this page to view details about the nonprofit (adult) In Youth We Trust grant cycle.

IYWT Youth-Written Grant Application IYWT Youth-Written Grant Guidelines

 

 

IYWT Grant Budget Template IYWT Grant Sample Budget IYWT Grant Sample Budget Narrative

 

 

 

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

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.

For the 2021-2022 school year 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. The cycle for proposals written by nonprofit organizations will open October 8, 2021, and close November 19, 2021. The cycle for proposals written by youth (the focus of this webpage) will open January 18, 2022, and close March 1, 2022. 

Applications are reviewed by the In Youth We Trust Council, a diverse group of 30-40 high school-ages students who make grant recommendations. The Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees approves all grant awards.

Organizations may apply for a maximum of $3,500.

The Community Foundation does not make grants from its In Youth We Trust Fund for the following:

  • For-profit organizations
  • Adult-inspired and implemented youth programs (Adult partners are encouraged to provide guidance but are not allowed to write the application or be the primary organizers of the project)
  • Salaries for adult advisors or coordinators
  • To individuals
  • Projects and programs that promote a religion or require participation in a religious activity as a condition for receiving services. Grants may be made to faith-based organizations for other purposes.

All applications to the IYWT Grants program must include a budget. Use the IYWT Grant Budget Template and include with your application when submitting. 

Never filled out a budget before? Read this IYWT Grant Budget Sample and IYWT Grant Sample Budget Narrative before you begin.

Did you know that the recommendations for In Youth We Trust grants are made by a Council of high school-aged youth from CFNIL's four-county service area? This is just one of the great things about participating in the In Youth We Trust Council – a unique grant program that teaches grantmaking, volunteerism, and leadership skills to today’s youth, preparing them to be the positive change of tomorrow. We’re always seeking new IYWT Council members – learn more and apply today!

 

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2021 In Youth We Trust Youth Grant Recipients Announced

In Youth We Trust, the youth philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, has announced the recipients of the 2021 IYWT Youth Grants cycle. The IYWT Council awarded seven projects $18,850 for the benefit of youth in northern Illinois.

Learn More about the 2021 IYWT Grant Recipients

This year the IYWT Council is awarding grants totaling nearly $40,000 for twelve projects that will benefit the youth of northern Illinois. Join us for a virtual Grants Reception video, created by and featuring IYWT Council members, testimonials from the grant recipients, and lots of celebrating!

Questions? Issues with your application? Contact Gabrielle!

Gabrielle Sims, Scholarship Associate
Gabrielle Sims
Scholarship Associate
Phone: 779-210-8209
Email: Gabrielle Sims