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Club Blue

Grant Information Grant Status: Open Applications Open: January 30, 2023 Applications Close: February 27, 2023 Awards Announced: April 2023 Learn How to Register & Apply

The Club Blue grant program was established to raise funds to supply the basic goods and services that promote the safety, health, and well-being of children in need in our community.

In 2012, ten friends gathered in a Rockford home to learn about the problem of child abuse in our area and the work done at the Carrie Lynn Children’s Center, an organization dedicated to supporting the victims of child abuse. Deeply moved, the women decided to build awareness and support for organizations that help our community’s children by hosting a different kind of fundraiser. There would be no sit down dinner, no voice auction, no speeches, just a night of great food, drinks, and dancing. Just 82 days later, the inaugural Club Blue fundraiser brought in $126,000 for the organization that supports our area's victims of abuse.

Since 2012, Club Blue has raised over $2 million and brought attention to the needs of our community's children and the nonprofits which serve them. The Club Blue Angels are opening their wings to share the good fortune with other charities in Boone and Winnebago Counties who meet the Club Blue mission: raising funds to supply the basic goods and services that promote the safety, health, and well-being of children in need in our community.

Club Blue is collaborating with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in order to efficiently grant funds to area nonprofits that serve children.

The Club Blue Angels are women committed to their families and the community. They are united in their belief that our community's children should be socially, emotionally, and physically healthy and they are dedicated to supporting the organizations that can achieve this goal. The Club Blue Angels are especially grateful to the more than 200 business and personal contributors who have generously donated funds, goods, and services to make Club Blue a success. Learn more about Club Blue.

Download the Club Blue Grants Program Documents 

Grant Guidelines - 2023 Cycle

Application Questions - 2023 Cycle

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves youth, 18 years of age and younger, in Boone and/or Winnebago counties.

Applicants for the Club Blue Grant Program will need to describe, in detail, how their organization will use the funds. Activities must align with Club Blue’s mission of promoting the health, safety, and well-being of children in need, 18 years of age and younger, in Boone and Winnebago Counties. Activities must conclude within 12 months of receiving funding unless specified in the application and authorized by Club Blue upon approval. Past recipients and applicants may reapply.

At least $10,000 will be awarded in this cycle. More than one organization may receive an award. The application must be completed via CFNIL's online grant application portal, paper applications will not be accepted.

The Club Blue grant application will open January 30, 2023, and close February 27, 2023. The application must be completed via CFNIL's online grant application portal, paper applications will not be accepted.

Applicants to the Club Blue Grants Program should use the following budget template when submitting their application. 

Budget Template 

Sample Budget Narrative

Applicants for the Club Blue Grant Program will need to describe, in detail, how their organization will use the funds. Activities must align with Club Blue’s mission of promoting the health, safety, and well-being of children in need, 18 years of age and younger, in Boone and Winnebago Counties. Activities must conclude within 12 months of receiving funding unless specified in the application and authorized by Club Blue upon approval. Past recipients and applicants may reapply.

At least $10,000 will be awarded in this cycle. More than one organization may receive an award. The application must be completed via CFNIL's online grant application portal, paper applications will not be accepted.

PAST CLUB BLUE GRANT RECIPIENTS: 

Past Club Blue Grant Recipients

 

Questions about the Club Blue Grants Program? Contact James!

James Patterson - Senior Program Director - headshot
James Patterson
Senior Program Director
Phone: 779-210-8206
Email: James Patterson