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Grantmaking Principles

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois invests in our community by supporting projects that address community needs and have lasting value. Therefore, CFCI’s grantmaking is:

Focused by addressing established CFCI and donor designated priorities.

Strategic by supporting projects with well-defined objectives and measurable outcomes that improve the quality or scope of charitable work in our community.

Collaborative by leveraging resources and cultivating partnerships.

Nonprofit organizations with programs serving individuals within a 50-mile radius of the city of Peoria, IL are encouraged to apply (excluding Knox and McLean County).

Organizations serving individuals in Knox or McLean Counties are encouraged to visit the Galesburg Community Foundation or the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation for more information on funding opportunities.

CFCI Grant Guidelines

Click here to learn more about CFCI's grantmaking guidelines.

Funding Opportunities

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois has several funding opportunities available to qualifying organizations. Be sure to review CFCI's Grant Guidelines prior to applying for any of the grants below.

If you have any questions, feel free to call Jessica Dillon, CFCI Program Manager at 309-674-8730 or jessica@communityfoundationci.org.

Community Grants

Community Arts Grants: Due March 1
To Apply – (application opens January 1)
Evaluation – (available March 1)

Jean M. Ligon Animal Welfare Grant: Due March 1
To Apply – Click Here (application opens January 1)
Evaluation – (available March 1)

Community Needs Grants: Due September 1
To Apply – Click Here (application opens July 1)
Evaluation – (available September 1)

Please note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted the next business day by midnight. 

Community Grants Evaluations

For grantees who submitted a paper application, you will submit a paper evaluation. Click on a link below to download the corresponding evaluation form.

2013 Community Arts Grants: Due May 16, 2014

2013 Jean M. Ligon Animal Welfare Grant: Due May 16, 2014 

EPIC Fund Grants

Click here to learn more about the EPIC Fund Grants as well as how to submit an application or evaluation.

Applications are due by June 15, 2014 by midnight.

Please note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted the next business day by midnight.

Women's Fund Success Grants

Click here to learn more about the Women's Fund Success Grants as well as how to submit an application or evaluation.

Applications are due by September 1, 2014 by midnight.

Please note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted the next business day by midnight.

District 150 Classroom Grants

Click here to learn more about the District 150 Classroom Grants as well as how to submit an application or evaluation.

Applications are due by October 1, 2014 by midnight.

Please note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted the next business day by midnight.

Opportunity Grants

Applications will be reveiwed twice a month. Applicants will receive a response within 2-3 weeks of submission. Note that organizations may only apply once per calendar year.

Application: click here to download application.

Evaluation: click here to download an evaluation form.

 

Camp Big Sky

In spring of 2009 the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) awarded Camp Big Sky a grant to fund their fishing and boating activities at their summer camp. The goal at Camp Big Sky is to engage children and adults with disabilities in outdoor activities. At the camp, campers are fishing, boating, and flying kites for the first time in their lives. Without this access to the outdoors these children and adults may never have experiences like this again. Camp Big Sky is host to over 1000 children and adults each year. With funding from CFCI, it was able to continue their two most popular activities, fishing and boating.

Check out this video to learn more about Camp Big Sky

Once in a Lifetime

Peoria Art Guild's Community h'Art Program

The Community h’Art program at The Peoria Art Guild provides art experience for school age students that engage them in critical thinking, creative problem solving, and expression through visual arts. With the help of volunteers and grant funding from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, the Community h’Art program helps students continue to experience the world of art and has served more than 896 students, exceeding the Peoria Art Guild’s expectations. 


Junior Achievement of Central Illinois

The Junior Achievement of Central Illinois’ (JA) JA Titan program teaches students the skills to succeed in a global economy. Students use an internet program that simulates a real business experience in which students learn the ins and outs of an industry. Teams of students from Peoria area high schools compete through the JA Titan business simulation. With a grant from Community Foundation of Central Illinois, JA provided the tools necessary to continue the program and partially sponsor one of the high school teams. At the end of the competition three team members from East Peoria Community High School were each awarded $1000 college scholarships.  

District 150 Classroom Grant

The Art Mini-Clubs at Irving Primary School offers various art clubs to students in an aftershool setting during the school year. The children engage in clubs such as Thread Café (knitting), Pumpkin Club, Mask Making, and a Holiday Art Club. District 150 Classroom Grants funded through The Yeoman’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) provided supplies necessary to serve 41 students participating in the clubs.

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