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Community Grants Program Application Open for 2022 Cycle

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is excited to announce the opening of the Community Grants Program application for the 2022 cycle. Nonprofits providing services in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties are invited to apply via CFNIL’s online application portal until 5:00pm on Monday, September 12.
Community Grants proposals will be accepted in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Education, Health, Human Services, Sustainable Communities, and Youth & Families. Applications will be accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, religious institutions, units of government, and public universities/colleges. The proposals must describe charitable activities provided for the benefit of residents in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago Counties.  

The Community Grants Program application is open until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12. All applications must be submitted through CFNIL’s online grants application portal. To access the portal and learn more about the Community Grants program, interested applicants should visit https://cfnil.org/community

“The Community Grants Program is CFNIL’s largest and broadest grantmaking program, poised to make over $1.5 million in awards this year,” said Dan Ross, CFNIL President. “It is a privilege to support a diverse range of programs and projects that directly impact and improve the lives of thousands of northern Illinois residents every year, and to support the exceptional work of our region’s nonprofits.” 

To provide more information about the Community Grants Program and answer questions about the application process, CFNIL staff will host two Grantseekers Meetings. Each session will include identical content. Attendance is not mandatory, but encouraged for organizations which will be completing their first CFNIL Community Grants application. 

  • Grantseekers Session 1: Friday, August 5, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., in person, Burpee Museum of Natural History (737 N Main Street, Rockford)
  • Grantseekers Session 2: Friday, August 5, Noon – 1:00 p.m., VIRTUAL via Zoom

Learn more and register to attend one or more of the sessions at https://cfnil.org/community. A recording of the virtual session will be posted to CFNIL’s website following the meeting.