Grant Opportunities

2021 Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare Grant – US

2021 Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare Grant – US


Deadline: 20-Aug-21

The Lake County Community Foundation is offering 2021 Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare Grant.

Priority Areas

Supporting Early Childhood Education: Organizations that promote early childhood education (prenatal-age 5) are invited to apply for grants made through the Lake County Early Childhood Education Fund. This restricted fund was established in 2010 with the purpose of promoting early childhood education across Lake County, Illinois. Grant funds are prioritized for work that:
Supports new and innovative approaches to provide early childhood education
Addresses barriers to access of early childhood education opportunities for the most vulnerable residents of Lake County
Addresses otherwise unmet needs as the only service provider in the area
Leadership Development: The Foundation has identified a critical need to invest in high quality, accessible and relevant leadership development opportunities to help support Lake County’s nonprofit sector. As high capacity nonprofit leaders prepare for and enter retirement, there is an urgent need to cultivate a pipeline of talent that has the capacity and confidence to step in and lead. The Foundation is committed to investing in the future of the county’s nonprofits and their leaders through this priority area. Grant funds are prioritized for work that:
Provides leadership development opportunities that help build a pipeline of competent, emerging leaders for the county’s nonprofit sector
Increases access for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) leaders to quality programming
Builds the overall capacity of the county’s nonprofit sector
Animal Welfare: Organizations that attend to the needs of animals are invited to apply for grants made through the Lake County Humane Society Fund. 16% of this restricted fund’s spending allocation is designated for this purpose annually. Grant funds are prioritized for work that:
Cultivates new and innovative approaches to support animal welfare in Lake County
Addresses otherwise unmet needs as the only service provider in the area
Funding Information

Early Childhood Education: Up to $10,000;
Leadership Development: Up to $5,000;
Animal Welfare: Up to $5,000.
Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation considers applications from organizations that demonstrate success and sustainability with program goals and outcomes. Eligible organizations are:

Nonprofit agencies with evidence of tax exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or those using a 501 (c)(3) fiscal agent
Eligible applicants MUST be in good standing with the IRS
Located within and/or primarily serving residents of Lake County, except for regional, statewide or national projects or research that may benefit a substantial portion of Lake County residents
Non-discriminatory in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or ability.
Limitations

Grants will not be made for the following:

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Scholarships;
Individuals;
Sectarian purposes (programs that promote or require a religious doctrine);
Support of single-disease oriented research, treatment or care;
The sole purpose of writing, publishing, producing or distributing audio, visual or printed material;
The sole purpose of conducting conferences, festivals, exhibitions or meetings;
Reducing operating deficits or liquidating existing debt;
Capital improvements/campaigns;
Endowment campaigns;
Political campaigns;
Sponsorship of events/fundraisers;
Memberships/dues;
Organizations that have an active grant for the same project with The Chicago Community Trust.
For more information, visit https://www.lakecountycf.org/how-to-apply/

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