Illinois Prairie Grants Overview

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation offers grant opportunities to area nonprofit organizations providing community services in a wide variety of areas including arts and culture, education, music education, environment, health and wellness, youth, women and girls, and Jewish life and education.

These discretionary grants are made possible by gifts from donors to the Community Foundation’s Annual Campaign, the Jerome Mirza Arts and Culture Fund, the Women to Women Giving Circle, the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Fund, and distributions from the following endowment funds: IPCF Arts & Culture Endowed Fund, IPCF Communityworks Fund, IPCF Green Fund,  Ruth Carey Endowed Education Fund, Dean and Avis Hilfinger Fund for the Performing Arts, Ives Family Foundation Youth Endowment Fund, Sol Shulman Jewish Education and Life Fund, Laura Sullivan Arts and Culture Endowed Fund, Laura Sullivan Health and Wellness Endowed Fund, and David and Kay Williams Music Education Endowment. Additional details about various discretionary grants may be found by clicking the links above.

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation grants are open to all organizations within the IPCF geographic  area (see Geographic Areas We Serve) that meet the criteria listed below.

See IPCF Grant Application Windows page for the specific criteria and timetable for each grant type.

General Criteria for All Grant Types

Applicants must represent a 501 (c)(3) organization, an organization with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501 (c)(3) organization, a unit of municipal, county, state, or federal government (including public schools), a nonprofit institute of higher learning, or a tax-exempt religious organization or place of worship (programs may not proselytize for a particular religion or cause).

Programs must be available to residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston, or Logan Counties; however, programs do not have to serve all four counties. The one exception is Shulman Grants which must be based in McLean County.

Programs must be operated and organized in such a manner that no applicable anti-discrimination laws are violated.

Organizations that have received past grants from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation must be current on all final reports.

The Executive Director, CEO, or Board President of an organization must approve the application.

We do not fund non program-related expenses, endowment campaigns, annual fund raising events and expenses, capital improvements or expenditures, conference or continuing education expenses, or scholarships to schools or colleges/universities.

We give greatest consideration to programs that have the potential to be on-going and self-sufficient beyond the time of funding, offer solutions to address the program goal by building on proven practical methods, facilitate cooperation and collaboration among organizations, and offer clear methods of measuring and reporting results with emphasis on objective, quantifiable measurements.

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