Club blue grants program

The Club Blue Grants Program application will open in summer 2020.

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.

After six years, Club Blue raised has raised nearly $1.5 million and brought attention to the needs of our community’s children and the nonprofits who serve them. The Club Blue Angels, who now number 28, 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 grant funds to area nonprofits that serve children while building a legacy by creating an endowment that will support their mission in perpetuity.

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.

Grant Guidelines
Application Questions

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves the youth 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.

The grant application for the Club Blue Grants Program will be open from June 27 to July 31, 2018.

Applicants to the Club Blue Grants Program should use the following budget template when submitting their application. This year, Club Blue will select one or two recipients and award $200,000. Applicants must request between $50,000 and $200,000 in their applications.

Applicants for the Club Blue Grant Program will need to describe, in detail, how your organization will use the funds. Applicants can apply to have multiple projects or programs funded over multiple years, provided that the described activities align with Club Blue’s mission of promoting the health, safety, and well-being of children in need in Boone and Winnebago Counties. The activities described in the application 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.

Online Application


The online application must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date.  Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.


How to Register & Apply

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Contact James Patterson

+1 (779) 210-8206

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