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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Counties for Programs that Benefit Local Residents

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Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF)

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 5:00 PM CST


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Grants to Illinois nonprofit and faith-based organizations, and government agencies in eligible counties for new or established projects that benefit local communities. Funding is intended for activities within the focus areas of environment, youth, education, and health and wellness. Programs must benefit residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston, or Logan Counties.

Applicants may select one of the above-listed fields in their application.  However, the Foundation does recognize that there is potential overlap within these areas (e.g., environmental education, exercise programs for youth, etc.). Applicants should, therefore, consider the main goal of their program and select the field that most closely matches that goal.

Applications will be given the greatest consideration based on their ability to meet the following criteria:

  • Has potential to be on-going and self-sufficient beyond the time of funding;
  • Offers creative and innovative solutions to address the identified need by building on proven practical methods;
  • Utilizes clear methods of measuring and reporting results with emphasis on objective, quantifiable measurements; and
  • Is cost effective as reflected by the number of participants served vs. program budget.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179301

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests should be for a minimum of $500; the range of grant awards in 2020 was $600 to $3,859 (average grant award was $1,681).

Term of Contract:

Grant funding is for the period of June 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant Eligibility:
- Applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, operate under a fiscal sponsor that is a 501 (c) 3 organization, be a local unit of local, county, state, or federal government, or be a tax-exempt religious organization as recognized by the IRS.
- Programs must be operated and organized in such a manner that no applicable anti-discrimination laws are violated; programs must not proselytize for a particular religion or cause.
- Organizations that have received past grants from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation must be current on all grant Final Reports.
- The Executive Director, CEO, or President of the Board of an organization applying must approve the application.

What Is Not Funded:
- Non program-related expenses (Grant Committee prefers not to fund personnel expenses)
- Endowment campaigns
- Annual fund raising events and expenses
- Capital improvements or expenditures
- Conference or continuing education expenses
- Scholarships

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 application window will open on February 1, 2021, and close at 5 p.m. (Central time) Friday, February 26, 2021.

Grant applicants will be notified of the outcome of their grant request by April 23, 2021. Grant awards will be distributed beginning in May 2021.

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

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Direct questions to Michele Evans, Grants and Communications Director,

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
915 E. Washington St., Suite 2
Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone: 309-662-4477
Fax: 309-662-5577

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