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Neighborhood Grants Program

Grants to Northern Illinois Nonprofit Neighborhood
Organizations for Beautification and Community Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL), NW HomeStart

Deadline Date:

04/02/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Northern Illinois nonprofit neighborhood groups and organizations for community improvement projects in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago Counties. Possible activities include beautification projects, crime prevention efforts, reforestation, clean-ups, neighborhood activities, newsletters, resident seminars, and neighborhood organizing.

The Neighborhood Grants Program exists to:
-Encourage and support the work of neighborhood-based groups and organizations trying to preserve and/or improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods;
-Promote resident participation and leadership in neighborhood-based groups/organizations;
-Invest in and build on the existing strengths and assets of the region’s neighborhoods; and
-Promote civic pride in the local community.

HomeStart looks for projects that:
-Encourage partnerships between residents, businesses, non-profits and institutions (e.g., schools) within the neighborhood;
-Are generated, led, and executed by residents of the neighborhood to the extent possible; and
-Build on the assets existing in the neighborhood, including using the skills of residents, involving youth or working with an existing neighborhood group.

What the Neighborhood Grants Program Funds:
-Resident-Focused Seminars
-Neighborhood Newsletters
-Neighborhood Organizing
-Reforestation Projects
-Neighborhood Clean Ups
-Neighborhood Activities & Surveys
-Crime Prevention
-Beautification Projects

Beautification Projects
-Permanent fixtures (i.e., trash receptacles, planters) must be installed on public property or common areas.
-Landscape projects must be permanent improvements to the area (i.e., shrubs, trees, perennials).
-Landscape projects must have a maintenance plan (i.e., watering, weeding).

Reforesting Neighborhoods:
Trees can only be planted on public or common areas (not on private property).

Neighborhood Clean-ups:
This program does not fund garden tools. (Tools can be accessed through the Neighborhood Tool Bank.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180188

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount granted by the Neighborhood Grants Program is $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:
-Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, not-for-profit agency and/or an organized group carrying out a charitable purpose for the common good (e.g., neighborhood organizations);
-Have a minimum of three active leaders (e.g., President, Treasurer, Secretary, etc.);
-Have an established process to manage grant funds, including a current checking account in the name of the organization/group;
-Be operated and organized so that there is no discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran’s status, disability, or any other factor prohibited by applicable law;
-Be a neighborhood that is located within Boone, Ogle, Stephenson or Winnebago County;
-Have the capacity to complete the proposed project by the end of the year; and
-Be current on all final reports for grants from the Neighborhood Grants Program.

Grants are not made from the Neighborhood Grants Program for the following:
-Landscaping private property
-Refreshments for neighborhood meetings
-Projects and programs that promote a religion or require participation in a religious activity as a condition for receiving services. However, grants may be made to faith-based organizations for other purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

CFNIL and NW HomeStart will accept applications between February 22 and April 2, 2018 for the Neighborhood Grants Program.

The online application must be received on or before 5:00 PM on the deadline date.

How to Register and Apply Online:

Contact Information:

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

Application Portal:

Questions about the Web Portal should be directed to:
James Patterson, Grants Officer

Questions about the Grants Program should be directed to:
Samuel Etim

Community Foundation
of Northern Illinois
946 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties