When Illinois residents have opportunities for meaningful civic engagement and participation, conditions improve for systems change. Through activities designed to listen, learn, and engage people in ongoing dialogue, residents can directly address issues of public concern. The result is influence on decision-making processes that lead to a greater ability to define and direct the resources of community institutions.

Our Vision: People are empowered to identify, design, and execute community-informed solutions that make Illinois a strong, livable, and equitable place where every resident has an opportunity to thrive.

Who Should Apply

This grantmaking program will support organizations that:

  • work to improve civil discourse, civic participation, community engagement, and a stronger democracy in Illinois
  • encourage efforts that increase residents’ agency and leadership and helps them use authority that enhances community well-being

Please contact us at (312) 609-0200 or info@grandvictoriafdn.org if you have questions about our Engagement 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.

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