Community Foundation Marajen Stevick Foundation Grants

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $20,000

Anticipated deadline: May 26, 2019 9:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: Champaign County, Coles County, Douglas County, Edgar County, Ford County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Illinois: Champaign County, Coles County, Douglas County, Edgar County, Ford County Expand 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.

Community Foundation Marajen Stevick Foundation Grants

Organizations that provide services in the areas of enhancing the lives of seniors, beautification of Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area and promoting excellence in reading and writing will be invited to provide a Letter of Intent (LOI). Based on these program ideas, the Community Foundation will request a complete application.

Eligible applications will relate to one of the following three areas:

  • The elevation or enhancement of the quality of life for senior citizen
  • Reading and writing programs that promote or foster excellence in public and private schools at primary, secondary or post-secondary levels
  • The aesthetic enhancement of the physical environment of Champaign, Urbana and surrounding communities.

An emphasis will be placed on new programs, within established organizations, that have sustainability. Collaboration with other organizations is encouraged.

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


  • Those organizations who are eligible to apply shall be qualified 501(c)(3) organizations and tax-exempt bodies located and providing services in east central Illinois.