CFECI: Capacity-Building MicroGrants

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,500

Anticipated deadline: Oct 18, 2020 9:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Champaign County, Coles County, Douglas County, Edgar County, Ford 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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Community Foundation Granting Opportunities

Since its inception in 1972, the Community Foundation’s assets have grown from $1,300 to nearly $27 million. This growth in well-managed endowed funds and other assets, along with administering grant dollars on behalf of the Marajen Stevick Foundation and in cooperation with the Lumpkin Foundation, has enabled us to make $1 million distributions annually for several years to nonprofit organizations in east central Illinois.

As the size of our available granting dollars has grown, our granting strategy has evolved to reflect our commitment to using our donors’ dollars wisely to make sustainable differences in our area. We believe that the combination of grants we offer serve as tools that will yield measurable and lasting results from our investment in impact.

Capacity-Building MicroGrants

Jointly funded by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and the Lumpkin Family Foundation, these grants provide a maximum of $1,500 for attendance by nonprofit staff and board members at training and professional development programs of their own choosing. Microgrants are strategic investments in people and organizations to be used to defray the cost of attending programs targeted at improving the management, governance and leadership of the applicant organization.

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


  • You must be located and providing services in Region 2.
  • Your organization must pay no less than 20% of the total cost of the program request.
  • Microgrants will only support FUTURE opportunities, not training or professional development that has already occurred. Request funding for programs that start at least 45 days after the application deadline.
  • One application per organization per year.


  • Preference will be given to organizations with an annual budget of less than 1 million dollars