Teens For Tomorrow Grants

Teens for Tomorrow (T4T) is a youth philanthropy group made up of high school students from Rock Island County in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa. These young leaders become philanthropists by learning about community needs, developing a grant opportunity, evaluating applications, making site visits, and awarding grants. Each year, T4T awards a total of $10,000 to nonprofits meeting a variety of needs in the Quad City Area. Click here to learn more about T4T.

2015 T4T Board Members present grant check to WQPT for the First Book Program.

Teens for Tomorrow grants will support nonprofit organizations to carry out programs or projects that benefit Rock Island County, Illinois, and/or Scott County, Iowa. In 2017, T4T Board Members have decided to focus on the areas of Education, Hunger, MentalHealth and RefugeeServices.

Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status located in and serving Rock Island County, Illinois and/or Scott County, Iowa are eligible to apply.

Evaluation Criteria 
All Teens for Tomorrow Grant applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Connection to T4T Focus Areas  The project strongly connects to one of the 2017 T4T focus areas (Education, Hunger, Mental Health, Refugee Services).
  • Coverage of Quad Cities Area  The project either broadly covers the Quad Cities area, or if that is not feasible, the applicant coordinates with other organizations to make sure it is part of a network so similar services are available throughout the Quad Cities.
  • Effectiveness of the Project  The project will be effective at achieving its goals to serve our community. This might be shown by the prior success or track record of the program or the organization.
  • Quality of Project Plan  The project plan makes sense, is organized and specific, and contains a clear budget outlining the use of T4T funds.
  • Passion  The organization’s representatives show passion for its mission and the project/program it is applying for. This might be shown through excitement demonstrated in the application or site visit, by the effort put into the application, or a story of the experience of people helped by the project. 
  • Impact of T4T Grant  A T4T grant (perhaps combined with other resources) will make a difference to the success of the project.  This might be shown through a clear and specific budget showing the use of T4T dollars, or by demonstrating that the T4T grant will help the project go forward sooner (or at all).

Teens for Tomorrow will issue a total of $10,000 in grants. Organizations may apply for up to $2,500.

Applications are accepted beginning January 15, 2017 and will be due on March 1, 2017. Awards will be announced in early May 2017.

Application Process 
Applications are submitted via our online grant system. T4T Board Members will contact each applicant to schedule a site visit in March or April 2017. Site visits will consist of 3-5 Teens for Tomorrow Board Members visiting the organization for no more than one hour. We know your time is valuable and we appreciate your staff or volunteers helping us to understand your application by providing a tour and answering the members' questions about your program or project.

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Final Reports 
Grantees must complete a final report when the project is completed, or within six months, whichever is sooner. Reports are completed in the same online system in which you submitted your application. Click here to log in and complete a final report for a Teens for Tomorrow grant.



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