2021 Grant Application Process


The Lake County Community Foundation’s 2021 Competitive Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle is NOW OPEN. New in 2021, applicants must complete a brief letter of inquiry (LOI). The LOI is due by Jan. 29, 2021. Applicants selected to submit full proposals will be notified by Feb. 12.

ACCESS THE LETTER OF INQUIRY HERE.

Before completing the LOI, please see below for important changes to our process and read our 2021 GRANT MAKING GUIDELINES HERE!

*Please note that our Competitive Fall Grant Cycle which includes our Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare priority areas will open in mid-July (details below).

** 2021 Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle Changes **

The board and staff of The Lake County Community Foundation recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial effect on our county’s nonprofit sector. In response, the Foundation will provide flexible general operating grants for its Basic Human Needs priority area and will implement two significant changes to its 2021 Basic Human Needs Competitive Grant Cycle:

  1. The Foundation will only accept general operating funding requests. No project-based requests will be accepted for this cycle. General operating grant requests of a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 will be considered.
  2. The Foundation will implement a letter of inquiry (LOI) process for the 2021 Basic Human Needs Competitive Grant Cycle (an LOI will not be required for our Fall Competitive Grant Cycle). 

The LOI is available here and will be due via email by Jan. 29, 2021. LCCF will then select 10-15 organizations to invite to submit full proposals. Full proposals will be due by March 5, 2021. Please see the timeline below for details.

Please read our 2021 Grant Making Guidelines here for more details and eligibility information.

Please read more about this funding cycle in our request for proposals here.

Organizations may only receive one grant from the Foundation per year. If an organization applies for funding under the Basic Human Needs Cycle and is declined, it may apply for funding within the Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare Priority Areas Fall Grant Cycle when it opens in July 2021.

** 2021 Fall Grant Cycle **

The Foundation’s Fall Grant Cycle includes its Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare priority areas. An LOI will not be required for the Fall Grant Cycle. This cycle will follow the Foundation’s traditional application process. The request for proposals and application will be available on this page in a Word document format on July 12, 2021. Please see below for the Fall Grant Cycle timeline:

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All grants are awarded for one year. Organizations may receive funding for three consecutive years following staff and board review, then are required to take a rest year.

The Foundation’s Basic Human Needs Grant Cycle application process includes:

Step 1:

Submission of letter of inquiry (LOI) – New this year, the Foundation will require applicants to complete a brief LOI. The LOI is now available will be due via email by Jan. 29, 2021. Foundation staff and Grants and Community Outreach Committee will review LOIs for alignment with the Foundation’s goals and priorities and will select 10-15 organizations to move forward in the due diligence process.

Step 2:

 Notification – Foundation staff will notify organizations selected to complete full proposals by Feb. 12, 2021. Full proposals will be emailed to selected organizations at that time and will be due via email by March 5, 2021.

Step 3:

Due Diligence – Organizations invited to move forward in the due diligence process will participate in a virtual site visit during the months of March-May 2021.

Step 4:

Grant Decision – The Foundation’s board of directors determines the final grant awards. Applicants will receive an email notification of award/decline by May 20, 2021.

Step 5:

Online Reporting of Outcomes – Grant recipients are required to report on outcomes at the mid-term and end of the grant cycle.

The Foundation’s Fall Grant Cycle (Early Childhood Education, Leadership Development and Animal Welfare priority areas) application process includes:

Step 1:

Submission of Application – The Fall Grant Cycle application will be available in a Word document format on this page by July 12, 2021. No LOI will be required. Foundation staff will review the proposal to assess the request’s alignment with the Foundation’s goals and priorities, and will then determine whether the application advances to Step 2. Applications for the 2021 Fall Grant Cycle are due by 5 p.m. on August 20, 2021.

Step 2:

Site Visit Notification – Foundation staff will review all proposals and organizations will be notified before October 2021 if they have been selected to proceed in the due diligence process with an invitation for a virtual site visit.

Step 3:

Due Diligence – Organizations invited to participate in a virtual site visit will have their proposals reviewed by Foundation staff and board. Site visits will be held during the months of September-October.

Step 4:

Grant Decision – The Foundation’s board of directors determines the final grant awards. Applicants will receive an email notification of award/decline by November 19, 2021.

Step 5:

Online Reporting of Outcomes – Grant recipients are required to report on outcomes at the mid-term and end of the grant cycle.

Download Grant Guidelines