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Grant Opportunities

There are four grant cycles, each with a different deadline and a different focus area. Questions about grant opportunities should be directed to the contact person indicated.

OPRFCF Community Grants

The Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation is now accepting applications for 2022 Community Grants.

Please apply online. View our Grant Application Guidelines and Diversity Profile.

There will be two Community Grants Proposal Information Sessions via Zoom on Wednesday, June 15th offered from 8:30 to 9:30am and 4:30 to 5:30pm.  REGISTER HERE!

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Future Philanthropists Fund

Future Philanthropists Program student participants determine priority areas to fund, frequently youth programs that have youth leadership involved in the program design. In 2022, two tiers of grant funding were made available: up to $2500 in unrestricted funding, and up to $7500 for programmatic support that benefits youth. Awards for 2022 funding will be announced in late May.

Learn more about the Future Philanthropists Program

Contact: Karen Tardy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NextGen Leaders in Philanthropy

NextGen Capacity Building Mini-Grants

Awards up to $2,000 in capacity building grants for emerging professionals working in small community organizations to bring their work to the next level. NextGen Leaders in Philanthropy defines capacity building as developing further knowledge, skills, capabilities, to increase effectiveness or support sustainability in an organization. Awards for 2022 funding will be announced in June.

Learn more about the NextGen Leaders in Philanthropy 

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Women Leaders in Philanthropy

Women Leaders in Philanthropy Fund

Women Leaders members vote annually on selected cause areas to fund, informed by community needs research provided by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation. Awards can range up to $15-20,000 per proposal depending on the total collective funds to distribute, number of causes the membership wishes to support, organization needs, and scope of projects. Priority areas historically have been human needs such as food, shelter, physical and mental health and wellness, and support for women and girls. Request for proposals is by invitation only. Awards for 2022 funding will be announced in June.

Learn more about the Women Leaders in Philanthropy

Contact: Helen Morales, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy

Core committee members currently fund micro-grants to high school and post-secondary student entrepreneur programs, in which students learn the art and science of researching, developing, and pitching business proposals. Proposal ideas are considered on a rolling basis.

Learn more about the Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy 

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Kott Memorial Charitable Trust

Grant funding to charitable organizations that improve the livelihood of individuals, especially through education or medical services, with an emphasis on such services for the elderly.

The Kott Memorial Charitable Trust is now accepting grant applications.  Please apply here: Kott 2022 Grant Application.

The deadline for applications is July 8, 2022.

See 2022 Grant Application Guidelines.

Learn more about the Kott Memorial Charitable Trust

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