Grand Victoria Foundation: Core Grants

Grand Victoria Foundation


Grant amount: US $15,000 - US $300,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 3, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Oct 5, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Boone County, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County Expand all

Location of residency: Illinois

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Overview:

Grand Victoria Foundation

We believe in the promise that Illinois communities can be great places to live and work.

We invest our resources to strengthen early education opportunities for young children, protect natural lands and waterways, and promote economic vitality through robust employment development.

Our aim is to support change in communities, regions and the state. We focus on four key elements that create the right conditions for change: high-functioning systems, strong public policies, engaged communities, and effective organizations. Because progress is often hindered by inefficient and fragmented systems, we look for efforts that champion networks, bring in new partners, improve coordination, adapt to changing circumstances, and build toward solutions at an appropriate scale.

Grant-making

Building vibrant communities often means dealing with broken, disjointed or inefficient systems that misallocate resources and fail to coordinate efforts around common goals. Much of our work, both as grantmakers and as engaged participants, seeks to improve systems — by supporting place-based initiatives, overcoming fragmentation, and investing to produce results at scale.

We invest our resources to strengthen early education opportunities for young children, protect natural lands and waterways, and promote economic vitality through robust employment development.

Our aim is to support change in communities, regions and the state. We focus on four key elements that create the right conditions for change: high-functioning systems, strong public policies, engaged communities, and effective organizations. Because progress is often hindered by inefficient and fragmented systems, we look for efforts that champion networks, bring in new partners, improve coordination, adapt to changing circumstances, and build toward solutions at an appropriate scale.

Core Program

Our core grantmaking supports efforts to build strong communities by strengthening early childhood education, protecting natural lands and waterways, and expanding economic opportunity through robust employment development. 

Highest priority is given to efforts that focus on long-term solutions, are multidisciplinary and collaborative, effectively address barriers of race and class, promote civic engagement, and attract additional investment.

We are interested in programs that strengthen and build the fields of practice we support; help identify emerging trends; and/or test new ways to solve persistent problems in those fields.

Our Core Program supports:

Early Childhood Education: strengthening public policies; improving education quality by coordinating resources and actions; promoting a system of preparing educators to work effectively with diverse children and their families; assisting to develop organizational resilience and capacity.

  • Our Goal: Children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school
  • Desired Impact: A coordinated system of high quality, affordable early childhood education that improves outcomes for young children
  • We support actions that create the following conditions:
    • Stronger public policies that promote access to quality early childhood education.
    • Resources and actions at local, regional, and state levels are well coordinated to provide quality early education.
    • A system of preparing early childhood educators and staff results in better outcomes for  diverse children and their families.
    • Organizations are resilient and capable and meet the needs of diverse children.

Employment: linking education and employment preparedness to policies and practices that lead to good jobs and stimulate state and regional economies; aligning resources and actions to support human potential and employment opportunity.

  • Our Goal: Skilled adults secure good jobs and contribute to the economic success of Illinois
  • Desired Impact: An integrated workforce system that helps job seekers succeed at work and contribute to Illinois’ economy
  • We support actions that create the following conditions:
    • Meaningful connections between skilled jobs seekers and regional economic growth are established.
    • Underprepared workers attain higher levels of education and marketable skills.
    • Public policies strengthen connections among post-secondary, vocational, and social programs for job seekers.
    • Resources and actions are aligned to support human potential and employment opportunity.

Land and Water Conservation: promoting public policies, instituting high quality stewardship and conservation practices, and aligning resources and actions to maximize land and water health and resilience.

  • Our Goal: Land and water resources are conserved and managed to support human, wildlife, and habitat health.
  • Desired Impact: An interconnected system of people protecting land and waterways at a scale that allows habitat, wildlife and humans to thrive.  
  • We support actions that create the following conditions:
    • Connected land and waterways are ecologically high functioning.
    • Improved public policies promote land and water conservation.
    • Stewardship and conservation practices promote healthy and resilient landscapes.
    • Organizations are well positioned to influence change and coordinate work across sectors.
    • Resources and actions are aligned to maximize land and water health.

Our Core Program supports organizations in Illinois.  Core grantmaking supports work on education, economic development and the environment that has an impact statewide or regionally in the Chicago area; it also supports place-based work in Boone, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will, and Winnebago Counties.

Funding: There's no set range. We look at the scope and long-term impact of your project, the size of your organization, and the other sources of funding you've secured.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • To be considered for funding, an organization must be registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity.
  • The program/project must align with the focus areas of the GVF's Core Program (as described in Overview, above).
  • We fund exclusively in Illinois and will consider requests to support work on either:
    • a statewide scale; or
    • a regional scale in the Chicago Metropolitan Region; or
    • a place-based scale in suburban Cook, Lake, Kane, Will, DuPage, Winnebago, Boone, McHenry, and Kendall Counties.
  • Our focus is on supporting systemic work that promises broad improvements. 
  • We only fund organizations that demonstrate high quality and high impact; good governance and management; and fiscal health.
  • Organizations that meet the eligibility requirements and are engaged in activities consistent with the strategies described in these guidelines may apply for the following kinds of support:
    • Project
    • General operations
    • Capacity building and technical assistance
  • Generally we support policy, advocacy, and systems change efforts focused on our three funding areas. We will consider direct service projects that are tied to systems change efforts.
  • To qualify for general operating support, your organization must first fit our grantmaking programs and strategic priorities.
    • We provide limited general support to
      • exemplary single-program organizations; and
      • organizations that provide a range of expertise that is called upon by a variety of public and private agencies.
  • Generally, we will consider a request for two years of support from organizations that have received funding in the past and with which we have an established relationship.

Preferences:

  • We place high priority on efforts that advance our mission and strategic priorities and that are consistent with our values.
  • Our Core Program gives highest priority to efforts that focus on long-term solutions, are multidisciplinary and collaborative, effectively address barriers of race and class, promote civic engagement, and attract additional investment. 
  • We give top priority to work that engages others through partnerships and collaboration.

Ineligibility:

  • Projects that primarily involve direct services to individuals (that do not seek changes at a systematic level), are not eligible. 
  • Core grants are not available for:
    • Endowments
    • Capital campaigns or capital projects
    • Debt or deficit reduction
    • Fundraising events
    • Grants to individuals
    • Religious purposes
    • Political campaigns


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