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Freeport Community Foundation Grant

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Freeport Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/25/22 4:00 PM


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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for programs that benefit local residents. Funding is intended to support projects and activities that are inclusive, collaborative, and responsive to the current and developing needs of the community. Eligible organizations serve the residents of Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll Counties in Northwest Illinois.

Programs and/or activities should:

  • Present innovative, creative and practical approaches in dealing with community needs
  • Strengthen the capacity of the community to solve problems or seize opportunities in the future
  • Encourage partnerships and collaborative efforts to reduce duplication of services
  • Demonstrate vision, action, effectiveness, good management and quality

The philanthropic fields of interests include, though are not limited to, initiatives that will:

  • Address current and emerging needs
  • Foster civil and community betterment
  • Meet human and health service needs
  • Provide reform and innovation in the schools and new approaches to learning
  • Support the advancement of arts and literature

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183203

Estimated Size of Grant:

The size and number of grants are directly related to the amount of money available each grant period and to the restrictions donors have placed upon the use of certain funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Freeport Community Foundation supports 501(c)(3) organizations serving citizens in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll counties in Northwest Illinois.

In general, grants are not awarded for the following:
- Annual project/program support and ongoing operating support
- Annual fundraising drives
- Capital campaigns (this does not exclude grants for emergency capital needs)
- Endowments
- Grants to individuals, fraternal organizations, booster clubs
- Travel or conference expenses
- Religious purposes (this does not exclude grants to religious organizations for nonreligious purposes)
- Fundraising expenses

Pre-Application Information:

Spring Grant
Next Application Opening: February 2, 2022
Next Application Closing: March 2, 2022

Fall Grant
Next Application Opening: July 25, 2022
Next Application Closing: August 25, 2022

The grant application must be completed online. Grant applications with all required items must be submitted by 4:00 pm on the deadline date for funding consideration.

Decisions are typically made within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.

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For technical questions contact:
Cindy Carter​​​

Freeport Community Foundation
534 West Stephenson St, Suite 102
Freeport, IL 61032

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll Counties

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