Annual Community Commitment Grants

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Deadline: Aug 31, 2020 9:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Champaign County, Coles County, Crawford County, Douglas County, Edgar County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Illinois: Champaign County, Coles County, Douglas County, Edgar County, Ford County Show all

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About this funder:



For many years, the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois has distributed, on behalf of our donors, grants to assist nonprofit organizations. These grants are for durable goods and items which will help an organization provide better service but sometimes are not a high priority in their budget.

Each proposal is evaluated on its potential value to east central Illinois, funding available for disbursement and the quality of planning, leadership, support and vision expressed in the application

Types of Projects or Programs Supported

The Community Foundation invites proposals in the areas of:

  • arts and humanities,
  • environment,
  • education,
  • health and human services,
  • urban affairs, and
  • youth activities.

While applications in any of these categories will be considered, awards may not be made in every category. Successful proposals will address problems to be solved or opportunities to be seized upon in the east central Illinois area. While these grants fund durable goods, you are encouraged to submit proposals that:

  • Suggest practical approaches to addressing community problems
  • Promote collaboration and cooperation among agencies
  • Generate community support, both professional and volunteer
  • Strengthen an agency’s effectiveness or stability
  • Address prevention as well as remediation

The committee typically considers requests for durable, nondisposable items. Grants have historically ranged from $500 to $5,000, although the Foundation may consider larger grants that demonstrate a high degree of agency collaboration and cooperation.

The proposals will be reviewed with the following issues in mind:

  • Financial health and needs of the organization
  • Grant history with the Community Foundation
  • Number of people served
  • Does the grant suggest practical approaches to addressing community problems?
  • Does the grant request promote collaboration and cooperation among agencies?
  • Would the grant generate community support for the agency?
  • Does the grant address prevention as well as remediation? Suggest practical approaches to addressing community problems
  • Does this grant request extend CFECI’s geographical reach?
  • Is this a unique service or does it reach an underserved population in our community?

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • For all the Foundation’s granting opportunities, the applying organization must be a qualified 501 (c)(3) or similar tax-exempt entity located and providing services in east central Illinois.


  • The Foundation does NOT provide grant money for the following:
    • Annual operating budgets (including staffing, training or marketing costs)
    • Meals, per diems, travel expenses, conference attendance
    • Loans or assistance to be given to individuals, including gift cards, gift certificates, stipends or other incentives
    • Consultant’s expenses
    • Endowments, capital campaigns, general support
    • Scholarships
    • Costs already incurred
    • Political candidates or partisan purposes
    • Sectarian purposes unless the program or project is open to the entire community regardless of religious belief and does not include sectarian or religious training or influence
    • For-profit entities
    • Start-up costs for new agencies (new programs or projects within an established agency are eligible)