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How We Make Grants

How We Make Grants

***Short-form Grant Applications for The Driskill Foundation's 1st Grant cycle of 2020 are now open.***

The 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.

The Driskill Foundation's Grant Process

The Driskill Foundation’s short-form application opens on November 1st, 2019 and is due by January 1st, 2020. Funding will be awarded for the first grant cycle in June of 2020. The second grant cycle will begin on July 1st. 2020 with short-form applications due by August 1st, 2020.  Funding for the second cycle will be awarded in December 2020. Proposals are reviewed by the Board of Directors at each quarterly board meeting (April, July, October, and January) in 2030.

STEP ONE:  Request short-form application from 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 June and December, 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