Grants

Bessie-Rhodes-kids-2Purpose, Core Programs and Goals

The following criteria is essential to Foundation 65 in providing overarching direction for all decision making related to the types of programs we will fund: F65 Purpose - Foundation 65 exists for charitable purposes leading to the betterment of the arts and/or literacy experience of all K- 8 students in all schools within District 65 in Evanston/Skokie, IL.   The Foundation strives to add value to the education experience of the students through responsible grant making and by engaging the family and the community on their behalf. Core Programs –  As an independent operating foundation, Foundation 65 raises funds and makes grants to the schools and to organizations, which are positioned to carry out its mission. Goals -  Foundation 65 views “arts” as any product of human creativity and “literacy” as any activity that involves reading and writing.  Through focused arts and literacy based programs, Foundation 65 strives to…
  • Promote active student participation
  • Complement District 65 arts and literacy goals
  • Support students during key transition years

Grant making principles

Foundation 65 gives priority consideration to funding programs that support one or more of the following:
  1. Community engagement as part of implementation
  2. All kids and all schools, or the potential to support all kids and all schools over time
  3. Exploring multiple-school and multiple-teacher collaborations
  4. Exploring possibilities of replicable programming
  5. Reaching out to families and the community for their involvement in arts/literacy projects
  6. Linking literacy and the arts
  7. Complement/support D65's ongoing work toward racial and educational equity

Foundation 65 provides funding in the following ways:

Responsive Grants (one year grants)

Responsive Grant proposals are expected to meet the criteria of Foundation 65’s Purpose, Core Programs and Goals and relate to our Grant Making Principles, as detailed above. Successful applicants will meet one or more of the outlined goals.  Applicants are welcome to contact our offices to discuss project ideas before submitting a proposal.  Grant proposals must be submitted electronically to the executive director at the Foundation 65 offices.  In addition, one hard copy of the proposal that includes signatures of the applicant and all required parties must be submitted.
  • Application deadline is February 24, 2017
  • Funding is limited to up to $3,000 per project
  • Successful applicants will be notified in May
  • Approved programs will receive funding the following July
Applications should be mailed to Foundation 65, PO Box 750, Evanston, IL 60204 and e-mailed to [email protected]. Questions can be directed to 847-637-7193 F65 Grant Application Form.ResponsiveGrants2017 (word) F65 Grant Application Form.ResponsiveGrants2017 (pdf)

Community Engagement Grants

Community Engagement Grants are single year OR multi-year grants that are targeted to reach a broader audience – affecting as many students and/or schools as possible in the designated time frame. These grants must meet one or more of the criteria detailed in Foundation 65’s Purpose, Core Programs and Goals, and relate to our Grant Making Principles, as listed above. They are also required to encourage community involvement as part of their implementation. For Community Engagement Grants, Foundation 65 asks all interested applicants to contact our offices to discuss project ideas. Proposals for these grants may only be submitted by invitation. 

Strategic Grants

Strategic Grants are multi-year grants focusing on achieving a specific outcome. These grants must be targeted to reach a broader audience – affecting as many students and/or schools as possible in the designated time frame and are expected to meet the criteria of at least one of Foundation 65’s Purpose, Core Programs and Goals, and relate to our Grant Making Principles, as detailed above. They must also demonstrate an investment in district-wide change and improvement in education. For Strategic Grants, Foundation 65 asks all interested applicants to contact our offices to discuss project ideas. Proposals for these grants may only be submitted by invitation. 

Review process

The Foundation 65 Program Committee will review all proposals and provide funding recommendations to the Board of Directors.  After initial review of a proposal, additional information may be requested.  Final funding decisions are made by the Foundation 65 Board. Applicants who do not meet criteria for funding will receive notice from the Foundation 65 office.  Applicants may re-apply after criteria are met.

Responsibilities of grantees

All grantees are responsible for submitting a final evaluation at the end of the program/project.  Multi-year programs will be required to submit annual updates. Additionally, grantees are asked to submit photos, student work, anecdotal information and testimonials at the end of the project.  It is the responsibility of the grantee to ensure that a media consent form for all submitted photos of students and student work is on file at District 65.