Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth

2017-2018 – GRANT CYCLE

(Letter of Inquiry Due Date: Friday, July 14, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.)

Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth channels the legal community’s resources to promote best practice mentoring and tutoring programs in disadvantaged communities that foster consistent, long-term bonds between adults and youth.

The various means by which we accomplish our mission include:

  • Offering free one-to-one tutoring to students from Englewood through Lend-A-Hand Tutoring at the CBA;
  • Awarding monetary grants to local mentoring/tutoring programs;
  • Recognizing outstanding youth mentoring programs through the Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence;
  • Raising the legal community’s awareness of the importance of mentoring disadvantaged youth.

Since its founding in 1995 by former Chicago Bar Association President Thomas A. Demetrio, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth has awarded over $1.7 million in grants and positively affected the lives of over 40,000 youth.

Grant Application Timeline

The grant application is divided into two parts. A Letter of Inquiry (LOI) must be submitted by Friday, July 14, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.  Based on this LOI, Lend-A-Hand will determine whom to invite to complete the full grant application.

Eligible grant applicants will be notified at the beginning of August, and the full grant application is due on September 14, 2017, at 5:00 p.m.  Grant disbursements are anticipated to occur in January 2018.

Grant Amounts and Use of Funds

For the 2017-2018 cycle, $6,000 will be awarded to 10 programs. Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth reserves the right to award grants in amounts smaller than $6,000 based upon an organization’s size, budget, or other considerations.

Grant funds can only be used to support one-to-one mentoring and tutoring programs and may include general operating costs. The funds cannot be used for scholarships.

Program Requirements and Criteria

To be eligible for a grant, a program must meet the following core requirements:

  • The program must be operated by a 501(c)(3) organization or have an appropriate fiscal agency agreement with a qualified 501(c)(3) entity.
  • The program must primarily serve young people from disadvantaged communities in Chicago and Cook County.
  • The program must provide one-to-one, long-term mentoring or tutoring between an adult mentor and a young person.  Long-term is defined as at least one school or calendar year.

For tutoring programs, there must be consistency and longevity in the relationships between the tutor and the young person (i.e., tutors are not constantly changing), and there must be a mentoring component to the tutoring relationship that goes beyond assisting with schoolwork.

For further requirements and considerations, please read the LOI Instructions here.