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Ending Hunger Together

Grants to Central Illinois Nonprofits and Government
Agencies for Programs to Address Food Insecurity

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Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI)

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Grants of up to $40,000 to Central Illinois nonprofit organizations and government agencies for programs to combat food insecurity in a sustainable way. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to the 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).

As defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is “a measure of a lack of regular access to enough food for an active healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.”

Proposal Requirements

Address CFCI's Areas of Interest:
-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

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 the community

Project Criteria
1. Focus on collaborative projects that help drive change for the entire community
2. Detailed sustainability plan required
3. Evidence-based practices required

The Community Foundation is working to gain a broader understanding of challenges and opportunities within the food system as it exists within local communities, 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. The Foundation is not looking to fund individual organizations working in isolation; rather, it is seeking innovative collaboration among 2 or more organizations.

Grant funding may support new or existing programs that positively benefit central Illinois.

The following are a few examples of possible food system projects:
1. Community Needs Assessment on the issue of food insecurity
2. Advancing community awareness about reducing risks of food insecurity through education.
3. Creating a partnership between emergency food providers that share distribution resources.
4. Expanding access and increasing market for healthy and local foods.
5. Advancing community education in preparation of healthy and local foods.
6. Improving access to healthy foods through grocery store development/partnerships or creating food co-ops in “food deserts”.
7. Operating a network of community kitchens for micro-enterprise development and/or for small businesses to share space, equipment and costs as a way to increase access to local/regional food while addressing training and education issues.
8. Providing low-income residents with job training opportunities in agriculture/food industry occupations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184750

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $40,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will be for one-year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Agencies must meet CFCI’s basic eligibility requirements:
- 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.
- Programs must be operated and organized in such a manner that no applicable laws are violated.
- Organizations 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent: Due November 29, 2018

Letter of Inquiry Submission
Step 1: Submit a maximum 2-page letter of inquiry (LOI) on letterhead stationery.
Step 2: CFCI committee reviews LOI. If warranted, an invitation to submit a full proposal will be offered.
Step 3: Submit Proposal utilizing CFCI’s online application process

- 2018 RFP issued: November 1, 2018
- Letter of Intent Due: November 29, 2018
- Invitation to Submit Full Proposal Sent: December 17, 2018
- Full Proposal Due: February 11, 2019
- Grant decisions: March 7, 2019

CFCI reserves the right to deviate from this schedule at any time without prior notice. CFCI may request an in-person presentation.

Review Process
- Proposals must be received/submitted by the application deadline. If the deadline is on a holiday or weekend, applications will be accepted through the next business day.
- Each grant opportunity is subject to a review process that may last 30-60 days after the submission deadline. CFCI reserves the right to shorten or extend the process at any time.
- Naturally, not all projects can be funded. A denial should not be viewed as a negative reflection on the program, but rather a reflection on the amount of funding available. Applicants will be notified in writing on the status of each grant.

If multiple community partners are involved select one lead nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, tax-exempt private agency or local government entity to handle program and fiscal management. However, funding may be used to support the project activities of other community organizations (not individuals). All partner organizations and contact information must be included in the application.

Projects must reflect collaborative/multi-organization efforts with one lead organization designated to apply for CFCI funds.

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Contact Information:

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

If you have any questions, feel free to call:
Sarah Fletcher
CFCI Director of Grants and Community Initiatives

3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604
Fax: 309-674-8754

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Geographic Focus:

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