Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Grant Opportunities: Illinois. Applications for spring grants


Community Foundation of Central Illinois invites applications for spring grants

The Community Foundation of Central Illinois invites applications for its spring grants.

Grants will be awarded for new or existing programs that positively benefit central Illinois. The foundation invites applications for the following opportunities:

Community Arts: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded within the following categories—arts education, performing arts, musical and cultural activities, sculpture/visual fine arts for display, and art therapy initiatives. 

Arts Mean Business Fund: Will support the generation of economic growth in the Peoria region through arts tourism, increased successful arts businesses, greater community participation in the arts, and financial support of the arts from local governments and economic development councils.

Jean M. Ligon Animal Welfare Fund: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to organizations focusing on the care and adoption of homeless cats and dogs, for the neutering of both homeless and other such pets, and for the fostering of research and education revolving around adoption and neutering. Preference will be given to such organizations within the tri-county area.

Ackerman Family Learn to Swim Fund: Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to organizations in Peoria and Tazewell counties to create and/or support programs and activities that help youth learn to swim and expand awareness about the importance of water safety. Financial need of participants is a consideration. Examples of such programs and activities may include, but are not limited to, underwriting fees for youth participants, hiring swimming instructors, the purchase of appropriate equipment, the rental of facilities for the purpose of swimming instruction, etc. Grants solely for operations or facility improvements are discouraged.

Eligible applicants include those with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, those that operate under a fiscal agent that is a 501(c)(3) organization, and to churches, schools, units of government, or other qualified organizations. Organizations must have programs serving individuals within a 50-mile radius of the city of Peoria, Illinois (excluding Knox and McLean counties).

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Community Foundation of Central Illinois website.

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