YES Fund Online Grant Application

Purpose of the YES Fund:  To provide an avenue for Oak Park and River Forest children and youth in need of financial resources to participate in enrichment programming and activites offered in Oak Park and River Forest.  
Types of programming supported by the YES Fund:  Arts, culture, academic, or athletic enrichment opportunities available through governmental, non-profit, or for-profit entities that have a preexisting demonstrated commitment to engaging children and youth from families experiencing financial hardship.
Rationale for the YES Fund:
1.  Lack of finances to pay for participation and equipment fees is a common barrier preventing the participation of some children and youth.
2.  Social science research confirms a positive correlation between youth engagement in out of school enrichment programs and school performance.  Essentially, engaged children and youth are more likely to achieve better school attendance, higher levels of academic performance and post-secondary enrollment in college or vocational training.
Children and youth who are engaged not only have more fun but their experiences help to cultivate a long list of skills and competencies that will serve them across their life span in classrooms, jobs, community and family life.
Eligibility for Funding:
1.  The applicant organization is a qualified as a 501(c)(3) public charity or the applicant organization is operating under the fiscal agency of an organization that is a qualified 501(c)(3) public charity.  (If otherwise, please consult Elizabeth Chadri, Program Director.)
2.  If a past grantee, is in good standing the the OPRF Community Foundation.
3.  Enrichment programming and activities are in Oak Park and River Forest.
4.  Support for children and youth under 18 who are currently enrolled in school, and who reside in Oak Park or River Forest.
5.  Household income for participants at 200% or less of the federal poverty guidelines; or households that qualify for free or reduced lunch.  Extenuating circumstances that affect household income will be taken into consideration.
6.  The YES Fund will provide funds up to 75% of any one scholarship (including equipment needs) for a maximum amount of $1,300 per child per year, and up to $6,000 per organization per year.

Information about your Organization

Thank you for your interest in participating in the YES Fund program as a partner agency. Please apply by completing the form below. 
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Diversity Statement

The Foundation's Diversity Statement requires that our grant making is representative of the communities it serves and that each potential and current grantee demonstrates a commitment to diversity as a value and a practice (see link below for Statement).  As such, we ask all applicants to:

c) Complete the table below to help us keep current with the diversity profile of local nonprofits and their constituencies.
Please provide numbers in all blank cells. Please place a "0" for none and a "U" for Unknown as appropriate.  DO NOT USE PERCENTAGES.
 Participants/ClientsStaffBoard MembersVolunteers
African American/Black
Arab American/Middle Easterner
Asian American/Pacific Islander
European American/Caucasian
Latino/Latina American
Native American
Our Statement on Diversity can be found on the homepage of our


I certify, to the best of my knowledge, that the proceeds of an awarded grant will not be used for any unlawful purpose.

Name, Title, Date *

Thank you for your interest in participating in the YES Scholarship Fund! Any questions? Contact Elizabeth Chadri at

1) Online applications are due by March 2, 2020 by 5 pm.
2) Grant decision notifications will be posted the week of March 30, 2020.
3) Grant Reports are due October 15, 2020, but may be submitted any time.
4) 50% of the approved grant amount will be paid once we receive a signed grant agreement.
5) The balance of the grant will be paid once the grant report is submitted and reviewed for completion.*  
*  Please note that we will require either a Free or Reduced Lunch Approved Letter or the most recent Federal Tax Return at the time of the Grant Report for each person who is funded with the grant.