CFNIL Grant Programs

Grantmaking is a Commitment at CFNIL

CFNIL has been building endowments and honoring donor intent through grantmaking in the Rockford region since 1953. Early grants responded to community needs by funding the distribution of the polio vaccine and creating safe places for children to play. Since its founding, CFNIL has granted more than $71,000,000 for the benefit of the region. This has been made possible through the generosity of CFNIL’s donors—individuals, families and organizations committed to improving the region’s quality of life. Endowed gifts create reliable funding for current needs and future opportunities. That’s the power of endowment!

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Grant Program Next Application Opening Next Application Closing Awards Announced Status
Blanche Martin Mini Grant November 15, 2019 December 16, 2019 January 2020 Open
Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge May 2020 July 2020 Late Summer 2020 Closed
Club Blue July 15, 2019 August 19, 2019 Early Fall 2019 Closed
Community Grants Program August 15, 2019 September 23, 2019 By end of December 2019 Closed
Community Opportunities Rolling Rolling Rolling Open
In Youth We Trust Grants December 6, 2019 February 6, 2020 April 2020 Open
John T. Holmstrom, Jr. Memorial Golf Grant Early February 2020 Early April 2020 Late May 2020 Closed
Neighborhood Grants Early February 2020 Early April 2020 Early May 2020 Closed