Our Programs

We support programs that are results-driven, sustainable, and demonstrably improve the lives of children

We work with individuals, foundations, agencies, legislators, parents, caregivers, and the media to develop and deliver programs that provide children with the basis for positive lives and brighter futures. 

Focused Funding

Our Focused Funding provides ongoing support and resources to programs that address a single, emerging issue, providing professionals with the tools they need to better serve at-risk children now and in the future.


The Early Childhood Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP) addresses the need for quality early childhood education, specifically for early childhood centers serving low-income communities.

Special Initiatives

As part of our Special Initiatives, we partner with new, cutting-edge programs to ensure that Illinois children are receiving the right opportunities to reach their maximum potential.

Please note that for our Focused Funding initiatives, the Bright Promises Foundation requires a Letter of Intent and then issues requests for proposals to select organizations. Bright Promises does not accept unsolicited proposals for Focused Funding support. Organizations applying for support through the EQUIP program may submit an application for consideration any time before the deadline.

Annual Awards

Bright Promises Foundation also presents two annual awards to individuals in our communities who embody our mission: the Ed Marciniak Bright Star Award for pioneers in the improvement of the lives of vulnerable children and the Lifetime Achievement Award for individuals who have devoted their lives and careers to creating lasting, positive change for children in Illinois.
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