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Scholarships & Organization Grants
Acorn Equality Fund (AEF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We provide scholarships and organization grants to LGBT persons, organizations, and allies to impact lives in a positive fashion.
The 2018 scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000, with up to $35,000 being awarded. To be eligible, applicants must retain permanent residence in the AEF service area of downstate Illinois (all Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will) and attend any accredited, post-secondary educational institution. The application deadline for 2018 scholarships has passed. Applications for 2019 will be available in May 2018 and due in September 2018.
AEF provides grants up to $4,000 to organizations that work with or support GLBT events. We currently have funds available for the 2018 calendar year. Click here for a grant application.
P.O. Box 6286 Peoria, IL 61601
Contact usfor information about scholarship eligibility, making donations, and upcoming events.