Fall 2016 is the single largest Community Grants cycle in CFNIL history. It also contains the single largest grant made through the program, a one-year $188,622 grant to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford for its Growing the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals project. The project will install state-of-the-art labs and learning spaces at the College of Medicine, which will help it accommodate 55 additional medical students per year. CFNIL will also fund an exhibit by an internationally-renowned artist, a deeply collaborative after-school program in Rochelle, a cutting-edge welding program in Oregon, hearing aids for under-insured seniors, scores of meals for our hungry neighbors, a beautification and revitalization effort in downtown Rockford, and an initiative to swap volunteer hours for YMCA memberships for local teens.
The Fall 2016 Grant Cycle was the third to accept proposals for Education Works. After reviewing proposals from area nonprofits and educational institutions, CFNIL Trustees committed $635,000* over the next three years to after-school programs and career pathways initiatives in the region. Since its inception, CFNIL Trustees have committed $1,625,664* to programs, projects, and events that align with Education Works.
The next application for the Community Grants Program will be open from late August to early October 2017. For more information about CFNIL’s grantmaking and how to apply, please visit www.cfnil.org. To learn how to support CFNIL’s grantmaking, visit www.cfnil.org/endowment.
* Includes multi-year grants. Recipients of multi-year grants need to demonstrate progress toward their anticipated results in order to receive funding for the second and third years.