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Illinois Youth Court Association:
Available Grants and Funding Sources

Federal Funding Opportunities

Directory of Federal Government Grants and Online Application

Department of Health and Human Services

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

For more information, please contact:

OJJDP/Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
Phone: 202-307-5911

White House Faith Based and Community Initiatives

State Funding Opportunities

Illinois Department of Human Services

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

Illinois Violence Prevention Authority (IVPA)

Private Funding Opportunities

The following foundations have in the past supported various children’s or justice initiatives.  Please visit their websites to learn more about the type of programs they are currently funding and for information on how to apply.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Ford Foundation

Foundation for Child Development

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Soros Foundation Network

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Other Funding Opportunities

Potential Funding and Volunteer Aid for Your Youth Court
The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary are committed to programs that improve and promote the welfare of children.

In 1997, the National Headquarters of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary adopted a resolution to place youth courts within their National Children and Youth Program and to encourage youth court involvement throughout the nation.  A year later, the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary of Illinois adopted a similar resolution, focusing on promoting youth courts around the State.

Citizens interested in starting a youth court in their community or with existing youth courts should contact their local American Legion Auxiliary Post to inquire about funding opportunities and volunteer assistance. 

To locate a post in your area, contact your city or township authorities, or contact the American Legion Auxiliary in the state:

American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois
P.O. Box 1426
Bloomington, Illinois
(309) 663-9366

Resources for After-school Snacks and Suppers
Nourish Their Bodies, Feed Their Minds: Funding Opportunities for Meals and Snacks Provided by After-school Programs in Illinois
By Illinois After-school Partnership
(Published in 2006)

This free guide is designed to help after-school and summer program providers in Illinois access federal funding through the Child Nutrition Programs. This guide offers information on eligibility guidelines, local examples, resources on how to enroll, and much more. To order one or more printed copies of the guide, please email Include your name, address, phone number, and number of copies you wish to receive.

In addition, a PDF version of this guide can be downloaded at

Funding Databases and Resources

Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center

The Donors Forum of Chicago

The Foundation Center

The Grantsmanship Center, offers training and resources on the grant search process and successful grantwriting

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