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Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve the Quality of Life for Local Residents

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Foundation / Corporation

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Boone County Community Foundation (BCCF)

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Grants to Illinois nonprofit organizations and public sector service organizations in eligible areas for projects that improve the quality of life for local residents. Projects must address a community need as well as show appreciation for the community's diversity. Eligible organizations must provide services to residents in Boone County.

What the Foundation funds:

  • Health and social services
  • Educational programs
  • Community and neighborhood projects
  • Children, youth, and family projects
  • Cultural and arts-related projects

What the Foundation looks for in a project:

  • Addresses a community need
  • Celebrates the diversity in our community
  • Articulates reasonable, measurable outcomes
  • Outlines a specific plan for project
  • Encourages cooperation with other organizations
  • Demonstrates quality, vision, effectiveness, and good management

Criteria used in awarding grants:

  • Addresses community need, increases access for underserved people, and fosters cooperation with other organizations or agencies
  • Describe plan for project clearly and outline the planning process and completion goals
  • Provide a balanced budget with expenses clearly indicated and evidence of cash match, in-kind, and other funding sources
  • In-kind includes any goods or services that would have been purchased
  • Provide evidence of the fiscal responsibility of organization
  • Provide measurable outcomes for project
  • Prior grant final report submitted by deadline if the organization received funding for a previous project 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191439

Term of Contract:

Projects to be completed the year following application.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Be a not-for-profit organization or public sector service organization that carries out charitable projects and/or provides services in Boone County, IL
- Operate an organization that does not violate anti-discrimination laws
- Have submitted a final report or progress report from any previous year if the organization received a grant

What the Foundation does not fund:
- Fundraisers
- Budget deficits
- Scholarships

Pre-Application Information:

The community grant program accepts applications starting August 1. All applications must be completed and turned in by September 15.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For questions, please contact Melissa Erickson:

Boone County Community Foundation
600 South State Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

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