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***Unfortunately, due to the financial impact that COVID-19 is having on our economy, we are suspending all further grant requests for 2020. A review of submitted applications for our 1st Grant Cycle will be postponed and reviewed again in our 4th quarter.***

How We Make Grants

The Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation is always searching for novel and innovative programs that inspire young minds to utilize their innate curiosity and creativity, filling their lives with meaning, passion, purpose, hope, and a thirst for knowledge. We identify high-impact organizations that align with our mission and invite them to submit a proposal.

When making grants, we seek out organizations and programs that are creating significant, lasting, and transformational change in the life of today's youth. We look to help expand effective programs or facilitate new strategic partnerships and collaborations that have the possibility of becoming sustainable. A significant portion of our grantmaking is geographically focused in Chicago and Dupage metro areas.

Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation's Grant Process

Grant Applications are reviewed bi-annual by our Board of Directors. 

Here is our Grant Cycle Timeline for the year:

Grant Cycle #1

January 1st, 2020-Short form Application Due 

January 14th, 2020-Short-form Applications Reviewed by BOD

April 14th, 2020- Discussion of Long-form Applications @ Board Meeting

May 31st, 2020- Funding Decisions Due for Grant Cycle #1

Grant Cycle #2

July 1st, 2020-Short-form Applications Open for Grant Cycle # 2

August 1st, 2020-Short-form Applications Due

August 11th, 2020-Discussion & Decision of Short-form Applications @ Board Meeting

October 1st, 2020-Long-form Applications Due

October 13th, 2020-Discussion of Long-form Applications @ Board Meeting

November 1st, 2020-Funding Decision Due for Grant Cycle #2

December 1st, 2020-Short-form Applications Open for 2021


Grant Application Process: 

STEP ONE: Request a Short Form Application from The Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation at kmm@driskillfoundation.org. The Short Form Application will need to be completed and submitted at least two weeks before an upcoming quarterly Board meeting. Once submitted the Foundation Staff will review and present a summary at the upcoming Board meeting. 

STEP TWO: If an organization’s Short Form Application is accepted, the organization will be contacted by the Foundation requesting a Long Form Application. This form will provide our Board of Directors with extensive information about the program and organization seeking funding.

STEP THREE: Submit the Long Form Application to the Foundation. The Board of Directors will review the Long Form Application and make a final decision at the board meeting that follows the date of submission. 

STEP FOUR: If an organization's Long Form Application is accepted, the Foundation will contact them to complete a Grant Agreement.

The Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation Awards grants in May and November, however, the Foundation will close the applications when our Annual Grant Budget is depleted. An organization may only submit one application per fiscal year. 

Before applying please make sure your organization or program is eligible for a grant by visiting our Funding Guidelines Page.