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 $75,000,000 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 30, 2020 February 8, 2021 February - March 2021 Closed
Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge TBA TBA TBA Closed
Club Blue 2022 - TBA 2022 - TBA 2022 - TBA Closed
Community Grants Program August 2, 2021 September 13, 2021 By end of December 2021 Closed
Community Opportunities Rolling Rolling Rolling Open
In Youth We Trust - Adult/Nonprofit Grants November 10, 2020 January 5, 2021 Late January 2021 Closed
In Youth We Trust Youth Grants January 19, 2021 March 8, 2021 April 2021 Closed
John T. Holmstrom, Jr. Memorial Golf Grant March 1, 2021 April 5, 2021 May 2021 Closed
Neighborhood Grants March 1, 2021 April 19, 2021 May 2021 Closed