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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Programs to Address Food Insecurity

Ending Hunger Together

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Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI)

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible regions for programs to combat food insecurity long-term. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for collaborative efforts that involve community education, economic development, and improved access to healthy food. Grants will be made to organizations with programs serving individuals within a 50-mile radius of the city of Peoria, IL (excluding Knox and McLean Counties).

The Community Foundation is working to gain a broader understanding of challenges and opportunities within the food system as it exists within our community, with a goal of driving systematic, long-term change.

As such, CFCI is interested in investing in collaborative food system projects that are at the community (e.g. multi-neighborhood, city, or county) level. We are not looking to fund individual organizations working in isolation; rather, we are seeking innovative collaboration among 2 or more organizations.

Projects should address at least two of CFCI’s three top areas of interest related to food insecurity throughout local communities:

  1. Increasing healthy food access
  2. Advancing community education
  3. Creating economic/community development opportunities

Projects must address CFCI Project Goals and Objectives


  1. Improve the emergency food system
  2. Address the root causes of hunger


  1. Make a significant impact and noticeably improve the quality of the food offered
  2. Encourage true collaboration with measurable outcomes and metrics
  3. Work to create a better model to address food insecurity needs in our community

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184750

Estimated Size of Grant:

A maximum award of $40,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will be for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Agencies must meet CFCI’s basic eligibility requirements:
1. Open to all organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, those that operate under a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3) organization, and to local units of local, county, state or federal government.
2. Grant funding may support new or existing programs that positively benefit central Illinois.
3. Program must be operated and organized in such a manner that no applicable laws are violated.
4. Organization must be current on all CFCI grant evaluations.

CFCI does not fund:
1. Annual / capital campaigns
2. Individuals
3. Endowments
4. Sectarian religious purposes: Faith based organizations and churches are eligible if program serves the community
5. Grants will be made to organizations with programs serving individuals within a 50-mile radius of the city of Peoria, IL (excluding Knox and McLean Counties).

Pre-Application Information:

- 2021 RFP to be issued: November 1, 2021
- Networking Forum: November 9, 2021 @ 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
- Letter of Intent Due: November 23, 2021
- Invitation to Submit Full Proposal to be Sent: December 10, 2021
- Full Proposal Due: February 11, 2022 (application link will be emailed)
- Grant Decisions: March 4, 2022

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

Submit a maximum two-page letter of inquiry (LOI) on letterhead stationery via email to

Direct questions to Sarah Fletcher, Director of Grants and Community Initiatives, at 309-674-8730 or at the email address listed above.

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois
3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604

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USA: Illinois: A 50-mile radius of the city of Peoria, IL (excluding Knox and McLean Counties).

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