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

October 1, 2018

November 5, 2018

Early November 2019

Closed

Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge

May 2020

July 2020

Late Summer 2020

Closed

Club Blue

June 27, 2018

July 31, 2018

Late Summer 2018

Closed

Community Grants

August 15, 2018

September 24, 2018

Mid-December 2018

Closed

John T. Holmstrom, Jr. Golf

February 11, 2019

April 1, 2019

Late May 2019

Open

In Youth We Trust

December 6, 2018

February 7, 2019

Early April 2019

Closed

Neighborhood Grants

February 11, 2019

April 1, 2019

Late May 2019

Closed

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.

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