initiatives

WE WANT TO PARTNER WITH YOU. Interested in becoming a grantee? Learn more about the process and apply via our online portal. Simply click or tap below to get started!

Before applying, read the guidelines for each of Bright Promises current initiatives, including eligibility details and deadlines.

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Become a Grantee Partner

Bright Promises Foundation accepts all letters of intent, proposals, and reports through our online system. This platform is designed to streamline the application process, freeing up more time for you to pursue your mission. Before applying, please read the initiative guidelines, including eligibility details and deadlines. Create an account to get started.

Healing Youth Racial Trauma

The Healing, Leading, Changing initiative provides 501c3 organizations serving children and youth with funding and support to become healing environments where racial trauma is explicitly addressed.

2024 DEADLINES:
•Letter of Inquiry: Due 2/23
•Full Proposal, in invited: Due 4/19
•Report/Renewal Request: Due 4/19   
(current grantees)

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Early Childhood Development

The EQUIP Early Childhood Program improves and promotes children's overall well-being by encouraging the healthy physical, mental, social, and emotional development of low-income children ages 0-5.

2024 DEADLINES:
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No new grants in 2024
Report / Renewal Request: Due 8/16   (current grantees)

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Social Justice & Youth Engagement

The F.A.I.R. Fund (Iris Krieg Fund for Fairness, Access, Inclusion, and Resiliency) develops young leaders by supporting youth-led programs that promote equity and fight discrimination.

2024 DEADLINES:
•  Full Proposal: Due 8/16

•  Final Reports: Due 8/16    
(current grantees)

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Frequently asked questions

Bright Promises believes in open, honest, and transparent communication with our current and potential partners. We strive to be clear about what we do and do not fund, and openly communicate about our decision making processes and timelines.

How do I submit an LOI or proposal?

Starting in 2024, Bright Promises Foundation has partnered with Foundant Technologies’ Grants Management Solution.

All applications will be submitted through this platform which will enable a more streamlined and efficient grant submission and management process.

Please click here to create an account to get started.

How do I set up an account?

1.  Access the Logon Page

2.  Click Create New Account. (Please note: all applicants will need to create a new account)

3.  You will be asked to complete registration information for yourself and your organization. After filling out all the information, click Create Account.

4.  The next page asks you to verify that you received your confirmation email. This helps ensure that you will receive other communications about your application. Click Continue.

5.  Once you have set up an account, you will be able to access the LOI and proposal forms.

I am a current grantee, do I need to submit an LOI?

No. Current grantee partners will complete a combined final report and renewal request.

The link to the combined form will be sent to you directly.

Please confirm that the contact information in your grantee profile is up to date to ensure you receive the link to report/renewal form.

Does Bright Promises provide funding to individuals?

No. If you are in need of immediate assistance, please contact one of our grantee partners in your area for more information about mutual aid and emergency funds.

Does Bright Promises provide funding to schools?

Bright Promises does not accept proposals from individual schools. Proposals from external organizations that work in schools either during the school day or out-of-school time are eligible to apply.

Does Bright Promises provide funding to churches or religious organizations?

Bright Promises does not accept proposals for programs that are oriented around a specific religion or religious teachings. Religious organizations may apply if the program for which funding is being sought is not religious in nature.

Does Bright Promises partner with organizations outside of Chicagoland?

Bright Promises does not accept proposals for programming that occurs outside of the Metropolitan Chicago Area. National organizations can only apply if the funded program occurs within our area of geographic focus and there is a local office with dedicated staff.

My organization does not have 501(c)3 designated nonprofit status. Can I apply?

Bright Promises does not accept proposals from organizations that do not have 501(c)3 IRS designated nonprofit status unless there is a fiscal agent.

Does Bright Promises provide general operating support?

No. Bright Promises accepts proposals for programs serving children and youth that align with our current focus areas. Bright Promises views our grantee partners as strategic partners and thought leaders, so our goal is to provide support that is flexible and responsive.

Does Bright Promises provide multi-year funding?

Yes.

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If you can't find an answer to your question, please contact our Program Officer or call 312-704-8260.