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Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri

Conf. Date:

03/03/22

Deadline Date:

06/01/22 11:45 PM CT

Description:

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Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of up to $7,500 to Illinois and Missouri nonprofit organizations, government entities, and faith-based organizations to benefit the local community. Funding may be requested to support general operations or for projects and programs in the areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education, health, and human services. Applicant organizations and grants awarded must serve at least one of the following 12 counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock, or Pike in Illinois; Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, or Shelby in Missouri.

Competitive Grants
The Community Foundation annually awards grants from Field of Interest and Unrestricted Endowment Funds through its Competitive Grant process to meet needs and advance opportunities in its 12-county region. Grants are made based on funds available including those that are restricted for specific geographic and/or interest areas. Through the Competitive Grant program, the Community Foundation seeks to honor the intent of the endowments that fund the program while strengthening nonprofit services to ultimately enhance the quality of life throughout our communities.

Priorities:

Through the Competitive Grant program, the Community Foundation seeks to:

  1. Fund impactful projects/programs that provide unique or innovative solutions to demonstrated community needs and opportunities;
  2. Fund requests in which the grant will make a significant impact on the success of the overall project/program;
  3. Fund requests in which general operating support will assist the organization in expanding or enhancing the delivery of its mission, particularly for underserved or at-risk populations;
  4. Fund projects that leverage community collaborations to maximize the impact on the community and population served;
  5. Reach a significant number of community members or specific groups of underserved community members throughout its 12-county service area.

When your organization submits an application to the competitive grant program, funding may result from one, or a combination of, the following funds:

Unrestricted Endowment Funds

  • Grant requests are considered in the fields of arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services.
  • Focus and support may encompass the following counties:
    • Illinois: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike
    • Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe

Competitive Grants from Field of Interest Funds

  • Funds are set up with parameters for support in specific interest areas, such as the arts or human services, or by geographic locations, such as a specific school district, community or county.

County Endowment Funds

  • If your organization or its project’s primary operation is in Brown, Pike or Hancock Counties in Illinois or Marion or Lewis Counties in Missouri, your application will also be reviewed by that county’s County Fund Council for potential funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181014

Estimated Size of Grant:

2022 Grants will range from $1,000 to $7,500 for Program/Project Support Grant Requests and $1,000 to $2,500 for General Support Grant Requests.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be expended within one year of receipt of grant funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to:
- Registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations
- Units of government or municipalities for public/charitable purposes
- Faith-based organizations for programs/projects that are open to the community, regardless of religion, and do not promote or require religious doctrine

Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status must use a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor and provide documentation in the application.

Applicant organizations and grants awarded must serve at least one of the following 12 counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock, or Pike in Illinois; Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, or Shelby in Missouri.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Charitable organizations interested in seeking grant funds are encouraged to attend one of three online informational workshops. These online workshops are meant to inform nonprofits of the competitive grant program’s funding priorities, guidelines, and updates to the application and evaluation process.
*If you are unable to participate in a virtual workshop, email the Foundation to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

Register:
- Tuesday, March 1, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: https://www.mycommunityfoundation.org/grant-workshop-registration
- Wednesday, March 2, 2022 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: https://www.mycommunityfoundation.org/newpageb52c1bd2
- Thursday, March 3, 2022 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM: https://www.mycommunityfoundation.org/newpage5ff53d28

Pre-Application Information:

The Online Application must be submitted on or before 11:59 p.m. (central time) on June 1, 2022.

Key Dates:
- March 1: Application opens on Community Foundation website.
- May 24: Deadline to request application review from Community Foundation staff.
- June 1: Application closes at 11:45 p.m.
- Late July: Applicants notified of grant awards.
- Mid-August: Grants awarded.

Community Foundation staff will review your application for completeness by appointment only. Appointment requests must be made prior to May 24, 2022.

Contact Information:

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

If you are unable to participate in a virtual workshop, email the Foundation at outreach@mycommunityfoundation.org.

Questions? Call (217) 222-1237 or email grants@mycommunityfoundation.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Adams, Brown, Hancock, and Pike Counties;   Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe Counties

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