Grants for Branches

AAUW-Illinois offers several grants available for branches. Click the links to download the relevant application.

How can your branch apply?

Local Engagement Grant (LEG), Start Smart and Work Smart Grant applications can be submitted any time during the year and will be acted on within 30 days.

Questions? Contact the AAUW-IL Finance Director. (all emails are in the Members Only page)

  • Community Action Grants
    AAUW-IL will consider funding any Community Action Grant received by an AAUW-IL branch that has been only partially funded by AAUW Funds.  The branch must submit the request in writing to the AAUW-IL Finance Director , making sure to detail the project and expected expenses.
  • TRIO Stipend
    AAUW-IL will pay 1/3 of the expenses roughly equivalent to the registration costs, for a first time attendee at state and/or national conventions.  The TRIO application is included in the LINK newsletter before each convention.
  • Grants for Start Smart & Work Smart Programs
    AAUW-IL will help branches establish a Start Smart or Work Smart program in their community by awarding these grants. Download the application for Start Smart and Work Smart [pdf].
  • Local Engagement Grants (LEG Up)
    AAUW-IL will help branches fund programs that promote and reflect the mission of AAUW. Applications can be submitted any time.           Download the LEG application [pdf]

Local AAUW-IL Grants Awarded from July 2019 – April 2020

Local Engagement Grant (LEG-Up) Recipients

    • The Elgin AAUW Branch was awarded a $500 Local Engagement Grant (LEG) to defray the cost of exhibits for their centennial celebration at the Elgin History Museum. In February 2020, the Elgin Historical Society will honor AAUW history with a month-long exhibit at the Elgin History Museum featuring historical documents and photographs from Elgin Branch’s own archive and the Museum’s. Mounting and signage for the exhibits will cost $700 and become a permanent part of the two archives. This is part of a yearlong series of celebratory events focusing on the Elgin branch’s history of promoting social justice and equality for women.
    • The NW Suburban AAUW Branch was awarded a $500 Local Engagement Grant (LEG) to pilot a new program this year entitled Drinks & Dialogue.  There will be three events, November, January and April in local bar/restaurants focusing on young women and economic security.  Speakers are already obtained for the first two events.  Appetizers will be provided. Advertising includes social media and the MeetUp app.
    • The Jane Addams AAUW Branch was awarded a $348 Local Engagement Grant (LEG) to cover the annual cost of GoToMeeting which is being used for online programs via webinar.

Work Smart Grant Recipients

    •  NW Suburban AAUW Branch received a Work Smart Grant to conduct a Work Smart Workshop for approximately 40 participants at the Des Plaines Library in April of 2019.
    • The Rockford Area AAUW Branch received a Work Smart Grant to conduct a Work Smart Workshop for approximately 40 participants on September 28, 2019.