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How We Make Grants

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

The Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation’s grant application is open year round. However, proposals are reviewed by the Board of Directors at each quarterly board meeting (April, July, October, and January). 

STEP ONE: Request a Short Form Application from The Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation at 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 from January 1st-December 15th, however, the Foundation will close the applications when our Annual Grant Budget is depleted. An organization may only submit one application per fiscal year. Funding for 2018 is now closed. 

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