The Acorn Equality Fund, established in 1999, is a grassroots organization that provides financial support for the advancement of the education, health and civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their allies in downstate Illinois.
The scholarship program is designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender parents. Applications for 2021 will be available in May 2021 and due in September 2021.
The grant program is designed to provide financial support for any organization or individual who offers programs or services which advance the education, health and civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their allies in downstate Illinois.
Dreams of our Scholarship Winners
“My dreams for the future are ambitious. I believe we can create communities of change on a local level first, and then foster those communities on a global level.”
“I want to fight for equal rights for all people, not just mine.”
“I want to be at the head of a massive public relations campaign to advocate passage of a federal equal rights amendment.”.
“My dreams for the future include fighting for the rights of people who have been marginalized and walking in this world with a sense of purpose, justice and hope.”
“I want everyone to realize that loving another human being is more important than that person’s gender.”
“I want to teach people that stereotypes are cruel and dangerous. I want the world to realize that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are just words—but people are people.”
“I truly believe that small things done with great love can change the world, for anyone.”
How to Help
Acorn Equality Fund (AEF) is proud to have such strong community support. Your donations provide scholarships and grants to individuals and organizations for the advancement of education, health and civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their allies. Please visit our website to sign up for our mailing list or connect with us on social media to receive updates about new and upcoming events!