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Community Grants Program Recipients Announced

CFNIL is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Community Grants Program cycle: $1.47M invested via 79 grants awarded to 69 organizations, all for the benefit of the people of northern Illinois!

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CFNIL Scholarships. 90+ funds. $350,000+ in awards. One application.

CFNIL Scholarship Application Now Open

With nearly 100 unique scholarships designated specifically for students in northern Illinois, and just one application to complete, don't delay -- apply today!

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“We’re focused on endowment because we’re long term thinkers. Some of the seeds we plant are not going to come up for eight years, so it was not a struggle for us to imagine that we should start planning now for what the needs might be in ten or twenty years.” -- Bernie Buchholz, Friends of Nachusa Grasslands, which established an Agency Endowment Fund with CFNIL in 2014