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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs
that Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Residents

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Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley

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Deadline Date:

03/05/21 5:00 PM CST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programs that enhance the quality of life of residents in eligible regions. Applicants must attend a grantseekers' briefing prior to applying. Eligible programs are those that benefit residents in greater Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.

Grants from the Communityworks Endowment Fund are to address one or more of the priority needs identified under each of the focus areas listed below. A significant aspect of the Community Foundation’s mission is to convene community groups to address community needs. Applicants may also submit grant applications to convene appropriate groups to address the needs listed below. Convening and collaboration are encouraged!

Grants awarded by the Community Foundation originate from income generated by the Communityworks Endowment Fund, a visionary initiative to help the Community Foundation build endowments for making grant awards, particularly in the following focus areas:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Land Use & Protection
  • Workforce Development

Grant-funded recipients of the Communityworks Endowment Fund are encouraged to address one or more of the above-identified focus areas and to make it publicly apparent how it is accomplished. 

The goal of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in both greater Kankakee and Iroquois Counties by supporting initiatives that are not currently being adequately funded. 

For more detailed information on each of the funding areas, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151988

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards to regional, not-for-profit organizations, according to the guideline specifications, are expected to range from $1,000 to $10,000 in 2021.

Term of Contract:

Awards are intended to be made for one year at a time. Multiple-year awards may be considered if circumstances justify; however, potential for sustainability after the grant award period may receive favored judging. There is one grant award period annually (July 1 through June 30) from the Communityworks Fund.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant awards are to be made only to those nonprofit organizations and programs operating either within Kankakee or Iroquois County.

Awards through the Communityworks Endowment Fund are made only to organizations currently holding charitable 501(c)(3) classifications as designated by the Internal Revenue Service, or to quasi-governmental agencies, e.g., school districts, libraries, park districts, etc.

While the Community Foundation attempts to remain flexible in responding to community needs, in general, grants are not awarded for:
▪ Religious purposes (this does not exclude grants to religious organizations for non-religious purposes or to facilities such as day-care centers that have non-profit status independent from a sponsoring church or religious organization);
▪ Purchase of advertising;
▪ Capital or operation debt reduction; however, capital items needed for training purposes will be considered.
▪ Political campaigns or to support attempts to influence legislative issues of any governmental body.
▪ Multiple proposals from one organization.

Expense Categories Discouraged by the Community Foundation which could jeopardize selection:
▪ Expenses for technology with shorter-term life/use.
▪ Administrative costs (particularly salary, fringe benefits, space, general office expenses such as utilities, office equipment, supplies, etc.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Mandatory Grantseekers' Briefing will be held virtually through Zoom on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm. A representative from your organization may choose which briefing fits better into their schedule. The briefing will provide a general procedural overview and the opportunity for applicants to ask questions and learn other specifics. Reservations are required by emailing the email address listed below no later than February 1, 2021. You will then receive the link to access the Zoom meeting.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are to be submitted to the Community Foundation through the grant application website by 5:00 pm, Friday, March 5, 2021.

The evaluation process may include an on-site visit by Foundation representatives.

Contact Information:

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

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Register for the Grantseekers' briefing by emailing:

Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley
701 S Harrison Ave.
(815) 939-1611
Kankakee, IL

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