As the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation, we will have the opportunity to support the exceptional work of other nonprofit organizations with established, successful programs serving our region, and assist with development of new programs and services that further the mission of the Foundation. Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation’s $5.5 million endowment will serve as a funding source for grants to support development, scaling and growth of qualifying programs.  The 2021 grant cycle application will open on January 29, 2021 and close on March 26, 2021.  Grant awards will be announced at an event in May 2021.

Grant Guidelines

Preference is given to grant applicant organizations located in the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation service area. Grant applicants outside the service area may also be considered if the project can demonstrate significant impact within the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation’s service area.

Proposed programs and projects should address a documented need and be innovative, collaborative, and potentially self-sustaining. They should be purposefully designed to effect positive change through close alignment with the missions of the grant seeking organization and the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation. Those requests that closely adhere to these grant-making goals and to the grant guidelines and application procedures are most likely to be considered for funding.

Service Area

In accordance with the terms of Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation, the Foundation gives preference to applicants located within Kane, DuPage and Kendall Counties — more specifically, the geography bounded on the north by Illinois State Route 38 and on the south by U.S. Route 34; on the east by Illinois State Route 59 and on the west by Illinois State Route 47.

This geographic area is referred to as the “Aurora Area” in Foundation literature and applications.

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Grant Recipients


Fox Valley COVID-19 Response Fund
Dominican Literacy Center


Aurora Public Library Foundation
Farm Worker & Landscaper Advocacy Project
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Rush Copley Foundation