Illumination Fund

The Illumination Fund offers small grants, up to $500, to support student-led projects that arise from the implementation of Project Heart.

Types of Illumination Funds

There are two types of Illumination Funds:

  • Materials grant: a grant up to $500 to purchase supplies for a service project. (Ex: cleanup day, luncheon fundraiser, lemonade stand, etc.)
  • Matching grant: The OtterCares Foundation will match up to $500 raised by a student-led fundraiser to benefit a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis so you can apply anytime!

Who Can Apply

  • Any 501c3 nonprofit organization or school that is actively using Project Heart can apply for the Illumination Fund.

How to Apply

Applying for the Illumination Fund takes just 4 easy steps!

  • Step 1: Integrate Project Heart materials into instruction with K-12 students.
  • Step 2: Have your students start working on the Student Application.
  • Step 3: Submit the Teacher Application.
    • First time users will be asked to create an account to submit the application.
    • Returning users will be asked to use their sign-in information to access the application.
  • Step 4: Students will submit Student application.
    • For younger students, or students without online access, instructors may copy their answers from the template into the online form.
    • For older students with online access, students may fill out the form themselves, directly.

Need support with your application?

OtterCares offers a free, basic writing workshop for students of all ages. Contact Lucy Nuremberg at for more information.