The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) has been creating 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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Blanche Martin Mini Grant

November 15, 2019

December 16, 2019

January 2020

Closed

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

August 15, 2019

September 23, 2019

By end of December 2019

Closed

John T. Holmstrom, Jr. Golf

Early February 2020

Early April 2020

Late May 2020

Closed

In Youth We Trust

December 6, 2019

February 6, 2020

Early April 2019

Closed

Neighborhood Grants

Early February 2020

Early April 2020

Early May 2020

Closed

Community Opportunities

Rolling

Rolling

Rolling

Open

Blanche Martin Mini-Grant

Funding special classroom activities and educational materials for teachers in Boone & Winnebago Counties.

Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge

Helping to build endowed funds for nonprofit organizations through matching grants and fundraising training.

Club Blue

A partnership with Club Blue to promote the safety, health, and well-being of children in need in our community.

Community Grants

Awarding grants to nonprofits for programs, projects and events that enhance the quality of life in our region.

John Holmstrom, Jr. Memorial Golf Fund

Supporting golf’s fine traditions.

In Youth We Trust

A grant program run by youth for the benefit of youth.

Neighborhood Grants

Building stronger neighborhoods with help from our friends.

Community Opportunities

Responding to emerging opportunities
and unforeseen crises.

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