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Grants

The Foundation for Northwest Illinois

The Foundation for Northwest Illinois supports nonprofit organizations serving citizens in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll counties in Northwest Illinois. The size and number of grants are directly related to the amount of money available each grant period and to the restrictions donors have placed upon the use of certain funds.

Grant Programs

Marvin ∙ Wilson Community Needs Annual Grant
Next Application Opening: February 15, 2024
Application Closing: April 1, 2024
Status: CLOSED

Grow Grants
Next Application Opening: February 15, 2024
Application Closing: December 31, 2024
Status: OPEN

John M. Drogosz Youth Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment Memorial Fund Grant
Next Application Opening:  TBA
Application Closing: TBA
Status: CLOSED

Grant Program Next Application Opening Next Application Closing Status
Annual Grant February 15, 2024 April 1, 2024 CLOSED
Grow Grant February 15, 2024 December 31, 2024 OPEN
Drogosz Grant TBA TBA CLOSED
Marvin ∙ Wilson Community Impact Grant Guidelines

The Foundation for Northwest Illinois is particularly interested in funding initiatives that are collaborative, inclusive and responsive to current and emerging needs of the community. Programs and/or activities should:

  • Present innovative, creative and practical approaches in dealing with community needs
  • Strengthen the capacity of the community to solve problems or seize opportunities in the future
  • Encourage partnerships and collaborative efforts to reduce duplication of services
  • Demonstrate vision, action, effectiveness, good management and quality

The philanthropic fields of interests include, though are not limited to, initiatives that will:

  • Address current and emerging needs
  • Foster civil and community betterment
  • Meet human and health service needs
  • Provide reform and innovation in the schools and new approaches to learning
  • Support the advancement of arts and literature

In general, grants are not awarded for the following:

  • Annual project/program support and ongoing operating support
  • Annual fundraising drives
  • Capital campaigns (this does not exclude grants for emergency capital needs)
  • Endowments
  • Fundraising expenses
  • Grants to individuals, fraternal organizations, booster clubs
  • Religious purposes (this does not exclude grants to religious organizations for nonreligious purposes)
  • Retroactive granting for any request
Grow Grant Guidelines

The purpose and spirit of Grow Grants is to assist nonprofit organizations with unexpected or unforeseen expenses, or opportunities that might arise but were not budgeted for.

Applications for Grow Grants are reviewed on an on-going basis and fund requests are limited to amounts of up to $2500. Though the application cycle is always open, funds may not always be available. Grow Grant distribution is quarterly and are awarded only to nonprofit organizations, not to entitites requiring fiscal agents.

Examples of eligible Grow Grant requests include, but are not limited to: conferences and other professional development fees, technology, equipment, or other needs that impact an organization’s capacity to achieve its mission and sustain itself over time. Grow Grants are not intended to provide support for ongoing projects or programs.

John M. Drogosz Grant Guidelines

The John M. Drogosz Youth Substance Abuse Prevention/Treatment Memorial Fund was established in December 2010 by Dick & Marianne Drogosz, John’s parents, through their matching gift in response to the generous contributions of more than 200 donors. Grants made from this Fund will be directed to non-profit organizations with educational, prevention and/or treatment of substance abuse programs focused on helping youth ages 21 or younger in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll Counties.

The following are the specific criteria for grants from this Fund:

  • Organization must be a nonprofit status for more than 1 year and serve youth in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll Counties
  • Programs or activities must focus on the education, prevention and/or treatment of substance abuse
  • Programs and/or activities must focus on youth (defined as 21 or younger) in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll Counties
  • Programs must demonstrate vision, action, effectiveness, good management and quality outcomes
  • Programs and/or activities should present innovative, creative and practical approaches in dealing with the education, prevention and/or treatment of substance abuse with youth
  • Grants will be considered for the expansion and/or completion of a program/project that meets the above criteria

Grants will not be awarded for the following:

  • Annual fund-raising drives or fund-raising expenses
  • Endowments
  • Capital campaigns
  • Grants to individuals, fraternal orgs, bands/booster clubs
  • Travel or conference expenses
  • Religious purposes