Grant Celebration: The Second Annual Grant Celebration took place at 7 pm on Tuesday, November 17 in the Radmacher Room of the Skokie Public Library.

The Steering Committee and Staff of the Skokie Community Fund: Gene Griffin, Brian Williams, Kristin Winter (Executive Director), Jim Szczepaniak, Raqshinda Jabeen, and Maria Franks (Photo: S.F. Pavkovic)

The Steering Committee and Staff of the Skokie Community Fund: Gene Griffin, Brian Williams, Kristin Winter (Executive Director), Jim Szczepaniak, Raqshinda Jabeen, and Maria Franks (Photo: S.F. Pavkovic)

This year’s grant award event was a true celebration of the positive change that resulted from our 2015 grants projects and of our 2016 grant awards. The Skokie Community Fund is proud to announce grant awards for 2016.

Open Studio Project
Village of Skokie Human Services Division

Community Mural: Involve residents in the creation of a mural for the entrance to the Village of Skokie Health Department and Human Services Division. ($5,000)

English Language Learner Parent Center
FAMA Bilingual Center for Family Caregivers
Health Literacy Education to Immigrant FamiliesProvide workshops to help immigrant families more easily navigate the healthcare system and access care for a healthy life. ($5,000)

Orchard Village
Stillpoint Theatre Collective
Skokie Public Library

Educational Film Documentary: Feature the accomplishments of adult Skokie residents with developmental disabilities as they create and perform an original work of theatrical self-expression. ($5,000)

Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.)
Skokie/Morton Grove School District 69

Community School InitiativeIncrease community engagement and parental leadership for families at Lincoln Junior High and Edison Elementary. ($4,000)

Douglas Center
Skokie Public Library
Next Chapter Book Club: Develop, promote, and conduct a bi-weekly book discussion group for adults with developmental disabilities. ($3,000)

YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Skokie Public Library
Racial Justice Programming: Provide twelve monthly discussion sessions to deepen understanding of the impact of race on day-to-day life in Skokie. ($3,000)

Grant Celebration Photos (click to enlarge)
(All photos: S.F. Pavkovic)

Grant Cycle Announcement

The inaugural grant cycle of the Skokie Community Fund (The Fund) has increased services in Skokie and fostered collaboration in many exciting ways. The Fund is pleased to build upon these successes by awarding grants again this year.

For its 2015/16 grant cycle, The Fund still sought collaborative program proposals between two organizations that will work together to create positive change in Skokie that would not otherwise occur. The proposal application form and an editable budget sheet are below.

Proposals were accepted through midnight on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

To qualify, two organizations must co-apply to provide services to Skokie residents. One of the two co-applicants must be a 501(c) (3) organization, a school, or a government entity. The maximum grant amount awarded will be $5,000. The Fund intends to award $25,000 during this second grant cycle.

The Fund requests proposals addressing any aspect of community in Skokie including arts and culture, basic human needs, community development, early childhood education/early learning, education, environment, family support/counseling, health, housing, seniors, workforce development, or youth.

Grants were awarded in November 2015 for use in the 2016 calendar year.

SkokieCommunityFund_2016_RFP

SkokieCommunityFund_2016_BudgetSheet