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Announcing Results of 2018 – 2019 Community Grants Program Cycle

Today the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is pleased to announce the results of the 2018 – 2019 Community Grants Program cycle. The Community Grants Program is CFNIL’s largest grantmaking program. Grants are awarded to support charitable projects, programs, and events operated by nonprofit organizations in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. Community Grants are made in six focus areas: Arts & Humanities, Education, Health, Human Services, Sustainable Communities, and Youth & Families.

In this cycle CFNIL awarded 69 new grants totaling $980,382.96, in addition to $445,860 in multi-year grant commitments from prior cycles. This total of $1,426,242.96 will be awarded through the 2018 – 2019 Community Grants Program cycle.

The new 2018 – 2019 Grantmaking Report provides an overview of each of the 81 grants awarded in the 2018 – 2019 Community Grants Program cycle. The grant descriptions are sorted by focus area and then alphabetically by organization. The report is also available at

This Community Grants Program cycle continues CFNIL’s sixty-five year commitment to investment in Northern Illinois through grantmaking. This work and its growing, ongoing impact would not be possible without the generosity of our donors and the exceptional efforts of our grantees—thank you!