Application Process

Applications for 2022 Grant Cycle Are Closed

Our Focus

Invest For Kids provides grants to Chicago area nonprofits that serve youth from under-resourced communities. We target smaller organizations with budgets between $1-5M where we believe our grants can have the highest impact. With an average grant of $200,000 per beneficiary, Invest For Kids’ awards play a significant role in helping the most promising organizations achieve their goals. Our focus is on education, mentoring, enrichment, social services, healthcare, and scholarship funding.

Criteria

Organizations are eligible for Invest For Kids’ grants if they:

  • Qualify as a charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Serve Chicago area youth from under-resourced communities
  • Have been in existence for at least 3 years
  • During the last fiscal year, maintained a budget between $1-5M

Selection Process

Our diligence efforts are thorough and focused on gaining a comprehensive understanding of each applicant. We look for quality programming, strong leadership, a dedicated board, and measurable results.

Our process entails initial screening of applications to narrow the applicant pool. We then conduct on site visits and thorough interviews with the organizations’ leadership followed by reference and fact checking to ultimately determine our annual recipients. Since 2009, we have reviewed over 550 organizations and conducted over 135 due diligence meetings.

Apply

We invite organizations that meet our eligibility criteria to apply. Applications for 2022 grants will be accepted from January 31 through April 30th. Our due diligence process runs through July 31st. Grants will be announced on or before August 31st.

Questions

For questions regarding grants and applications, please contact Barbar Wolf, Director of Giving: barb@ifkchicago.com.