Youth-led groups can apply for grant program

ROCKFORD — The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will accept applications for the In Youth We Trust (IYWT) grant program until 5 p.m. on Feb. 6.
Applications must be submitted by youth-led groups or organizations serving youth in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago counties, using the forms found at Applications will be reviewed by the In Youth We Trust Council, a group of local high school students who convene monthly at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois to learn about grantmaking, volunteerism, and community leadership.
Applicants can request a maximum of $3,500. Last year’s recipients included Aquin Catholic School Theater Department, Auburn High School Capstone, Boys and Girls Club of Rockford, DiversCITY Youth Group, GiGi’s Playhouse, Harlem Veterans Project, Winnebago County CASA, Parenthood Promise Scholars, and Winnebago FIRST Robotics Team.
The IYWT Council looks for projects that:
Promote collaboration and teamwork
Provide creative solutions to community issues
Create community awareness and understanding of youth issues
Have a clear, practical plan for implementation
Have a realistic budget.
The IYWT program is an opportunity for high school students from all over the region to learn about and practice philanthropy. The students help establish grant criteria, evaluate proposals, and recommend grant awards for youth led projects. IYWT empowers youth to expand their moral imagination and “See the good.” This year IYWT celebrates its 25th year of philanthropy and leadership in northern Illinois and anticipates surpassing $500,000 in grantmaking for youth-benefiting projects in our region.