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Formal Funding Grant Program

Grants to West Central Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies for
Education, Youth, Families, and Economic Development

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Foundation / Corporation

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Tracy Family Foundation (TFF)

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Grants to West Central Illinois nonprofit organizations and government agencies to benefit local communities in Brown, Adams, Green, Cass, McDonough, Hancock, Pike, Morgan, Scott, and Schuyler Counties. Pre-applications are due January 1, 2018.

The following areas are funded:

- Education: Activities and organizations that directly impact academic achievement and excellence from Early Childhood to post-secondary education.
- Youth and Families: Activities and organizations that work to build strong kids, families, and communities.
- Leadership: Activities that build Brown County and the Region’s capacity for leadership by providing the resources, knowledge, and connections that community members and students need to shape the future of these communities.
- Economic Development: Activities and organizations that support the implementation and sustainability of the 2011 Mt. Sterling Uptown Long Range Strategic Plan and the economic well-being of Brown County in Illinois.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178310

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from government units and public charities that have nonprofit and tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.

Eligible applicants include organizations located in the following Illinois counties: Adams, Brown, Cass, Greene, Hancock, McDonough, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott.

Tracy family members living outside these counties may issue a very limited number of invitations to organizations in their communities.

Pre-Application Information:

There are three grant rounds per year:

Round I:
-Pre-App Due Date: January 1
-Grant App Due Date: March 1
-Funding Decisions: April

Round II:
-Pre-App Due Date: May 1
-Grant App Due Date: July 1
-Funding Decisions: August

Round III:
-Pre-App Due Date: September 1
-Grant App Due Date: November 1
-Funding Decisions: December

Pre-App Due: The Pre-Application allows organizations to provide basic information about their organization and their grant request so that TFF staff can ensure basic alignment with TFF’s Mission Statement and grant guidelines.

Pre-App Decisions: After TFF staff have reviewed an organization’s Pre-Application, organizations will be notified via email whether they are invited to submit a Formal Grant Application. Formal Grant Applications cannot be submitted without Pre-Application approval.

Grant Consultations: Organizations should schedule a grant consultation appointment with TFF Program Manager, Terry Jenkins, at least two weeks before their Formal Grant Application is due. Terry will meet with applicants face to face or by phone to discuss their Formal Grant Application. Organizations must submit a draft of their Formal Grant Application to Terry a minimum of 72 hours prior to their grant consultation appointment. Grant consultations will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Formal Grant App Due: The Formal Grant Application should clearly present the organization’s funding need, the results the organization seeks to achieve with a TFF grant, and how those desired results align with TFF’s Mission Statement.

Funding Decisions: Each submitted Formal Grant Application is reviewed and analyzed by members of the TFF staff. Final action is taken by the TFF Board of Directors and organizations are notified via email of funding decisions.

Applicants must have their organization’s Tax ID or NCES School ID number available when applying for funding. For eligible organizations that do not have a Tax ID number or NCES School ID number, please contact Kim Bielik (see contact details below).

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

Apply Online:

Kim Bielik, Administrator

Tracy Family Foundation
P.O. Box 25
Mt. Sterling, IL 62353

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Adams, Brown, Cass, Greene, Hancock, McDonough, Morgan, Pike, Schuyler, and Scott counties