The Foundation funds proposals that address any aspect of community in Skokie, including arts and culture, basic human needs, community relations and development, early childhood learning, education, environment, family support/counseling, health, housing, seniors, workforce development or youth. We look to fund projects that will benefit Skokie both during and beyond the program year.
Our grant cycle begins in early June when the Foundation releases its Request for Proposals inviting applications and providing detailed information about that year’s grant cycle. Proposals are due in early September and awarded at a ceremony in November for grant programs to be implemented the following calendar year.
Since 2015, we have awarded $25,000 in grants annually. Most grants are $5,000 each, with some being slightly larger or smaller, and are not targeted to a specific area of service.
The Foundation’s focus on collaboration has helped to formalize and deepen existing ties between local organizations as well as forge new ones. Drawing on the diverse skills of local not-for-profit and governmental agencies, the Skokie Community Foundation’s unique grant program has funded 34 grants totally $175,000, addressing a broad range of community concerns.