Established in 1996 by gaming establishment Grand Victoria Casino, the Grand Victoria Foundation works to support change in Illinois by making an impact in four key areas: high-functioning systems, public policy, engaged communities, and effective organizations.
With priority given to collaborative and multidisciplinary efforts focused on long-term solutions that address barriers of race and class, promote civil engagement, and attract additional investment, the foundation has identified the following areas of focus for its Core Grants program.
Early Childhood Education — Grants will be awarded to organizations working to advance a system of affordable, high-quality early education that improves outcomes for young children and includes advocacy for stronger public policies that promote access to quality childhood education; resources and actions at the local, state, and regional levels that are well coordinated; and a system that prepares early-childhood educators and staff to create better outcomes for children and their families.
Employment — Grants will be awarded to organizations working to advance an integrated workforce system that helps job seekers succeed and contribute to the economy of Illinois, including organizations working to establish meaningful connections between skilled job seekers and growing sectors of the regional economy; organizations assisting underprepared workers in obtaining education and marketable skills; and public policies that strengthen connections between postsecondary, vocational, and social programs for job seekers.
Land and Water Conservation — Grants will be awarded to organizations working to ensure that land and water resources are conserved and managed in ways that support human, wildlife, and habitat health, with a focus on public policy reform, connecting land and waterways in ecologically mindful ways, and stewardship and conservation practices that promote healthy and resilient landscapes.
The foundation provides project, general operating, and capacity-building/technical assistance support to qualified organizations. To be eligible, applicants must be based in Illinois and be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Letters of Intent are due by May 3, 2019. Upon review, selected applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal.
See the Grand Victoria Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.