2018 SEL@Home Guidelines and Letter of Intent Form Now Available

January 5, 2018

Our One-Of-A-Kind, First-Of-A-Kind Model

Bright Promises Foundation serves children and families across Chicago  by partnering with community agencies to address key issues that are keeping children reaching their full promise and potential. Through our initiatives, we foster forward-thinking and out-of-the-box  strategies based in collaboration to meet the most pressing needs of children.

Over the course of a multi-year partnership, we help organizations by providing reliable targeted funding, ongoing quality program evaluation, and opportunities for collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Our innovative model, successful track record, and ever-growing network of experts equips us to make a significant impact that results in lasting, positive outcomes for kids.

What is Focused Funding? 

Through our Focused Funding initiatives, Bright Promises Foundation directs resources to innovative programs that address a critical emerging issue faced by at-risk children. We provide capacity-building tools throughout a multi-year funding cycle while also striving to increase awareness and resources to address these issues

About the 2018 SEL@Home Initiative

Guidelines for the 2018 SEL@Home grant cycle are now available.  Social Emotional Learning, or SEL, is integral to a child’s   well-being, and includes skills like the ability to cope with stress in a healthy way and developing positive self-esteem.  SEL also teaches children conflict resolution, how to build positive interpersonal relationships and self-control – all skills that are necessary for children to thrive in childhood and throughout the course of their lives. 

The goal of Bright Promises SEL@Home initiative is to engage parents and caregivers in their children’s social and emotional learning and development.

This year, we are forming our third cohort as a part of this multi-year initiative. Some of our current partners include Changing Children's Worlds Foundation, Chicago Youth Centers, Enlace Chicago, Youth & Opportunity United, and RefugeeOne. Partners will receive multi-year funding  in the range of $25,000-$40,000 along with wrap-around program support that includes access to our in-person and digital Learning Community, ongoing program evaluation, and other opportunities to share knowledge and collaborate.

Please review the guidelines carefully to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible and interested in submitting a grant proposal, please complete the Letter of Intent application linked below and return via email.


Deadline to submit Letter  Of Intent - February 2 at 5:00  pm

Organizations  selected to submit a full proposal will be notified by - February 9

Deadline to submit  full proposal - March 30

Grant Decisions  Announced - June 14

Grant Checks  Distributed - July 1