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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies to Benefit Eligible Communities


Geographic Focus

USA: Illinois: Greater Kankakee River Valley Area

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Communityworks Grant

Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #151988

Grant Description

Grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations and quasi-governmental agencies, including libraries, school districts, and park districts, for projects to benefit residents in eligible locations. New applicants must attend a workshop prior to applying. Eligible proposals address issues in the areas of early childhood education, land use and protection, and workforce development. Grant awards are to be made only to those nonprofit organizations and programs operating within the Greater Kankakee River Valley Area.

Early Childhood Education

The community has determined that the Community Foundation can have the greatest impact on Early Childhood Education (birth to age 8) by supporting:

(1) The improvement of the quality of child care;
(2) The support for parent education;
(3) The improvement of the quality and accessibility of early childhood education services, and
(4) The improvement of opportunities to access children’s mental health services. 

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Land Use & Protection

The community has determined that the Community Foundation can have the greatest impact in these areas by:

(1) Expanding community efforts on land development with consideration for recreation focused on the benefits of the Kankakee River;
(2) Taking steps to preserve “rural charm” of our service area;
(3) Supporting efforts to address transportation issues.

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Workforce Development

The area’s communities have determined that the Community Foundation can have significant impact by supporting:

(1) Increased work opportunities for unemployed/underemployed youth through collaboration with the Workforce Board and other governmental and community-based organizations.
(2) Youth programs that prepare entry-level employment through the development of soft skills and work experience.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant awards are to be made only to those nonprofit organizations and programs operating within Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. Awards are made only to organizations with charitable 501(c)(3) classifications by the Internal Revenue Service, or to quasi-governmental agencies, e.g., school districts, libraries, park districts, etc.


Projects Generally Not Funded
While the Community Foundation attempts to remain flexible in responding to community needs, in general, grants are not awarded for:
▪ Religious purposes (However, grants may be given to religious organizations for programs or projects that are consistent with the Community Stewardship Fund grant priorities)
▪ Purchase of advertising
▪ Capital or operation debt reduction; however, capital items needed for training purposes will be considered
▪ Political campaigns or to support attempts to influence legislative issues of any governmental body
▪ Multiple proposals from one organization

Are There Expense Categories Discouraged by the Community Foundation which could jeopardize selection?
▪ Expenses for technology with shorter-term life/use.
▪ Administrative costs (particularly salary, fringe benefits, space, general office expenses such as utilities, office equipment, supplies, etc.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Grantseekers Workshop must be attended for organizations applying for the first time. Grantseekers workshops will be held Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 1 pm & 5:30 pm via Zoom. Register for this event below.

Pre-Application Information:

Next Spring Grant Cycle begins January 17, 2023. Applications must be submitted by March 3, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants can be awarded for up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Awards are generally made for one year at a time. Multiple-year awards will be considered if circumstances justify it; however, sustainability after the grant award-making period should be explained.

Contact Information:

Grants Portal:

If you have questions, you may contact the Community Foundation Office at 815-939-1611 or by email at

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