Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) Grant

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2020 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $3,000 - US $10,000

Fields of work: Youth Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: De Witt County, Livingston County, Logan County, McLean County

Location of residency: United States

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Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Mission Statement

As a part of our community’s youth, we strive to connect those who care about youth with the monetary means necessary to pursue their visions.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) includes 21 high school students from McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. YEP, through the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF), receives a gift from a private donor which allows for $10,000 in grant funds to be distributed in 2020. The YEP group has been charged with the task of creating a grant application, notifying nonprofit organizations within the service area of Illinois Prairie Community Foundation about the availability of the grant opportunity, and

allocating funds to youth focused initiatives.

YEP members are committed to reaching out to organizations that benefit youth in the community, both directly and indirectly. YEP encourages youth to have an active role in completing the application. Those organizations which include youth in the application process will be given priority in grant decisions.

For the 2020 grant cycle, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy is interested in hearing about the needs of children from the four counties in which we operate. It is highly encouraged for the youth involved in these organizations to aid in the completion of the YEP application.

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


  • Must be a 501 (c) 3/registered nonprofit organization
  • Must impact at least one of the four counties in the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation service area (McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan)
  • Project must be youth-focused or have a significant impact on youth
  • If awarded funding, there must be a follow-up report completed regarding the success of the project within 60 days of the project’s completion
  • If your organization receives funding from YEP and wishes to change the use of funding at any time, you must first submit a written request to YEP
  • If your organization receives funding from YEP and does not use all of the funds provided by YEP, you must notify YEP. The group will then notify you on how to proceed with the funds 
  • Illinois Prairie Community Foundation has some general criteria for all of our grant types.
    • Applicants must represent a 501 (c)(3) organization, an organization with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501 (c)(3) organization, a unit of municipal, county, state, or federal government (including public schools), a nonprofit institute of higher learning, or a tax-exempt religious organization or place of worship (programs may not proselytize for a particular religion or cause).
    • Programs must be available to residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston, or Logan Counties; however, programs do not have to serve all four counties.
    • Programs must be operated and organized in such a manner that no applicable anti-discrimination laws are violated.
    • Organizations that have received past grants from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation must be current on all final reports.
    • The Executive Director, CEO, or Board President of an organization must approve the application.


  • We give greatest consideration to programs that have the potential to be on-going and self-sufficient beyond the time of funding, offer solutions to address the program goal by building on proven practical methods, facilitate cooperation and collaboration among organizations, and offer clear methods of measuring and reporting results with emphasis on objective, quantifiable measurements.


  • We do not fund nonprogram-related expenses, endowment campaigns, annual fundraising events and expenses, capital improvements or expenditures, conference or continuing education expenses, or scholarships to schools or colleges/universities.