Collaboration For Good

The Illumination Fund offers grants to support student-led projects that are entrepreneurial/
business endeavors or philanthropic/charitable projects.

Application Requirements for the Illumination Fund

In order to be considered for a grant through the Illumination Fund, the request should meet the following criteria: 
  • Applications must include letter of support from teacher and/or program director that includes: 
    • Project background and purpose
    • Intended student learning outcomes
    • Why teacher/program director supports the student's idea and/or project 
    • Other funding plans or opportunities the class or organization is pursuing to fulfill this project

Grant Cycle and Details

  • Applications for the Illumination Fund are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed on a monthly cadence
  • Applications should be submitted at least 30 days in advance from the anticipated project execution

Required Application Templates

All applications are required to one of the following completed templates and supporting documentation:

  • Entrepreneurial or business projects should download and complete the OtterCares Business Plan template
  • Philanthropic projects should download and complete the OtterCares My Project Heart template

Please note that the following supporting documentation should be included with the completed templates:

  • Letter of support from teacher and/or program director
  • Full and complete budget for project
  • Full and complete timeline of project

Funding Requirements & Limitations

  • Students may request a grant of up to $500 to provide either materials for their project OR a matching donation for dollars raised for a nonprofit.
  • If grant is award, grants will be issued to either the student's school or to the nonprofit of the student's choice.
  • All grant recognition should be attributed to the OtterCares Foundation. Approved logos and brand guidelines will be provided via email, upon request.
Please be advised that OtterCares does not currently fund for the following:  

  • Political campaigns and/or legislative lobbying efforts
  • Reproductive choice advocacy groups
  • Direct support for individuals
  • Building/construction projects 
  • General operating support/unrestricted funds
  • Travel expenses

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