In Youth We Trust Grants
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 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. The cycle for proposals written by nonprofit organizations will open November 10, 2020, and close January 5, 2021. The cycle for proposals written by youth will open January 19, 2021, and close March 8, 2021.
Applications and additional guidelines are being updated to reflect this unique two-cycle year. The documents and guidelines below are from previous years so may be referenced for general understanding of the program, but should not be considered the final versions. Please check back for updates!
|IYWT Grant Application||IYWT Grant Guidelines||IYWT Grant Budget Template|
|IYWT Grant Sample Budget Narrative||IYWT Grant Sample Budget|