Club Blue Grants Program

Club Blue

Grant Information Grant Status: Closed Applications Open: Summer 2021 Applications Close: Summer 2021 Awards Announced: Fall 2021

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 2011, a small group of women gathered in a Rockford home and were shocked to learn of the alarmingly high rate of child abuse in the area.  They learned of the good work being done at the Carrie Lynn Children’s Center, an organization dedicated to supporting the victims of child abuse. Deeply moved, the women decided to take action with the goal of building community awareness and financial support for organizations that help our community’s at-risk children by hosting a different kind of fundraiser. And just 82 days later, the first Club Blue fundraiser was held and raised over $100,000 for the Carrie Lynn Children’s Center.

In 2014, the Club Blue Angels spread their wings and began to share the good fortune with other 501c3 organizations who fell under their mission.  They partnered with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and developed an inclusive grant application process to allow other organizations to benefit from its fundraising success and support of generous community partners and sponsors.

After eight years, Club Blue has raised over 1.5 million dollars and has brought attention to the needs of our community’s children and the nonprofits who serve them. Club Blue continues to collaborate with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in order to grant funds to area nonprofits that serve children while building a legacy by creating an endowment that will support their mission in perpetuity.

Club Blue is 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.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Club Blue grant is closed.  Club Blue has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund that is for the benefit of its previously served charities.

 

 

Join the Club Blue board in toasting the 2020 grant recipients, Children's Safe Harbor and KFACT! Congratulations!

Download the Club Blue Grants Program Documents 

Grant Guidelines - 2019 Cycle

Application Questions - 2019 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.

Successful applicants to the Club Blue Grant Program must:

  • State how the funds will be used,
  • Name other sources of funding, including fundraisers,
  • Provide their financial statements, including the 990,
  • Open their facility to tours by the Club Blue committee,
  • Provide their logo,
  • Agree to appear in a video to promote the Club Blue event,
  • Provide volunteers for the Club Blue event,
  • Promote the event and assist sponsorship recruitment, and
  • Provide a final report after the grant-funded project or program is completed.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Club Blue grant is closed.  Club Blue has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund that is for the benefit of its previously served charities.

Applicants to the Club Blue Grants Program should use the following budget template when submitting their application. For the 2019 cycle, Club Blue will select up to three recipients and award a total of $30,000. Applicants may request up to $15,000. This year, due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Club Blue grant is closed. Club Blue has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund that is for the benefit of its previously served charities.

Budget Template 

Sample Budget Narrative

Applicants for the Club Blue Grant Program will need to describe, in detail, how your 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. In typical cycles, past recipients and applicants may reapply. This year, due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the Club Blue grant is closed.  Club Blue has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund that is for the benefit of its previously served charities.

Applications must be submitted through CFNIL’s Web Portal.

PAST CLUB BLUE GRANT RECIPIENTS: 

Past Club Blue Grant Recipients

 

Questions about the Club Blue Grants Program? Contact James!

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