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Illinois Prairie Community Foundation Grants

Grants to Illinois Non-Profits & Governments
for Innovative Community Programs and Services

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/28/13 5:00 PM CST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Illinois non-profits organizations and local units of local, county, state, or federal government that provide community services in a wide variety of areas including children and youth, families, arts and culture, human services, environment, education, health and wellness, and workforce development. The Foundation specifically seeks to support programs and projects that:

-Offer creative, innovative solutions to address existing or emerging community needs,
-Benefit larger rather than smaller numbers of people,
-Impact the community beyond the time of funding,
-Facilitate cooperation and collaboration among organizations and eliminate duplication of services,
-Address prevention as well as treatment,
-Foster individual and family self-sufficiency,
-Increase volunteer involvement and commitment to community needs, enhancing and expanding leadership in the community, and
-Improve the quality or scope of charitable works in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131385

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation welcomes applications from organizations that provide services in the Foundation's area of coverage (McLean, Livingston, DeWitt, and Logan Counties, and adjacent parts of Woodford, Tazewell, LaSalle, Piatt, and Ford Counties).

Applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, operate under a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)3 organization, or be a local unit of local, county, state, or federal government.

Generally, the Community Foundation will not make grants for:

Non program-related expenses
Endowment campaigns
Capital campaigns
Annual fundraising events and expenses
Conference or continuing education expenses
Memberships or event tickets
Political campaigns or organizations
Sectarian purposes

Pre-Application Information:

Grants Timeline:

-February 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm (CST): Deadline for Letters of Intent
-February 28, 2013: Organizations will be notified of the status of their Letters of Intent
-March 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm (CST): Deadline for full grant applications
-April 30, 2013: Applicants will be notified whether or not their grant applications will be funded.

Submitting a Letter of Intent:
Submit via email, if possible, the Grant Application Cover Sheet (which can be downloaded at: and a one- to two-page Letter of Intent explaining the project/program. The Letter of Intent should include the following:

-a description of the project/program,
-why you believe a grant will be of benefit to your organization and to the community,
-the amount of your request,
-how the money will be used.

The Foundation will acknowledge receipt of all Letters of Intent by email to the contact person listed on the cover sheet.

Once the Grants Committee has reviewed all Letters of Intent, it will let you know whether or not to submit a full grant application.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Myra Gordon, Executive Director

Kathi Davis, Development Assistant

General Email:
Office Phone: (309)-662-4477
Office Fax: (309)-662-5577

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois