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If you’re a nonprofit seeking a grant for your project
or a student looking for educational support,
you’re in the right place.
Whether you donate to an existing endowment or create your own, be assured that your passion is our purpose.
Support for charitable activities that benefit the people and places of northern Illinois. Over $1.7M is distributed each year through the Community Grants Program alone!
130+ Unique Scholarships, over $500K in awards, just ONE Application! Application open December 1 - February 1.
Check out what's new and coming soon at CFNIL!
Two new CFNIL Scholarships

Spring Scholarship Cycle now underway

The application for CFNIL’s Spring Scholarship cycle is now open, and includes two NEW scholarships available for people with intellectual disabilities.

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neighborhood grants application now open

Neighborhood Grants Application Now Open

Neighborhood-serving groups in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties are invited to apply for CFNIL Neighborhood Grants! Up to $2,500 per project is available.

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Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge XI

Supporting Nonprofits' Efforts to Build a Permanent Endowment

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is pleased to announce the eleventh offering of the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge, an opportunity for nonprofits in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties to launch or build a permanent endowment, with a matching grant from CFNIL!

Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge XI open Now!