A Year of Transformation

This is a year of transition and transformation for Grand Victoria Foundation. We completed our first ever strategic plan, which outlines our theory of action and strategic priorities that are rooted in racial justice. Our strategic plan is an important milestone on our journey towards centering racial equity and racial justice that began in 2017, when we surveyed our grantees and they articulated they would like to see the Foundation be more explicit about race. We look forward to sharing our strategic plan with current and future foundation and grantee partners next year. 

In preparation for the launch of our strategic plan in 2023, the Foundation is prioritizing aligning our grantmaking and operations to fully support our new strategic direction. For us to approach this work thoughtfully and with intention, we are not accepting unsolicited requests for funding this year, including letters of inquiry. Renewal grant requests from current grantees will be reviewed during our quarterly grant cycles. For current grantees, if you have questions, please contact your program officer. For non-grantees, if you have questions about our funding priorities and/or eligibility, we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to learn about our new strategic direction next year. 

Illinois families and children should have educational opportunities and experiences they find meaningful. Those opportunities can be shaped with the expertise of those directly impacted: students, parents, and educators. The result can lead to stronger, more equitable outcomes that address the opportunity gap in the state.

Our Vision: Students, parents, and educators are shaping educational policy and practice into culturally relevant, high-quality experiences resulting in more equitable outcomes.

Who Should Apply

This grantmaking program will support organizations that:

  • prioritize parent and youth power and voice in education
  • nurture socio-emotional well-being
  • strengthen teacher pipeline, cultivate teacher leaders and support educator-led work
  • create high-quality school-day and out-of-school learning experiences
  • foster early learning and K-12 community-driven strategies and partnerships that advocate for equitable systems

Meet the Team

Please contact us at (312) 609-0200 or if you have questions about our Education program.

To learn more about the application process, please visit our How to Apply page. To begin your application, please visit our Grant Portal to submit your Letter of Inquiry. Please create an account or login using your existing username and password. 

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