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.
The Community Grants Program is CFNIL's largest and broadest grant program, awarding more than $1.4M to nonprofits serving Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties annually. The 2022 Community Grants Program application will open Monday, August 1st, and close Monday, August 12th. Applications must be submitted via CFNIL's online grant portal.
More than a dozen teens will travel to Rockford from Brovary, our Ukrainian Sister City, in early August. All are traveling with their mothers, while their fathers continue to serve in the military in an army combat zone in Ukraine. All the students and their mothers were in Brovary during the Russian invasion earlier this year.
MembersAlliance has partnered with the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois to create their corporate giving program called - MembersAlliance Community Impact Fund. 
Enjoy an evening designed to inspire, uplift, and support the humanitarian response in Rockford's Sister City, Brovary, Ukraine. Silent auction of art and items donated by local artists & live auction of important works by John Berry, including the painting "Slava Ukraini", Glory to Ukraine, and others. Appetizers provided; cash bar. Checks payable to Rockford Area Arts Council.
Today the family of Connor Creighton White established an endowment named "Connor's Second Chance" to honor Connor's legacy of love.
Sarah Lambert, Vice President of Programs and Community Investment at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL), has been honored as one of the 2022 40 Leaders Under Forty by the Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Highlighting individuals who are compelling, interesting, and “doers”, 40 under Forty honorees are people who have distinguished themselves in their professional field or organization, are engaged citizens, and provide leadership by volunteering their time and talents to community groups and causes.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is proud to announce that Sreyansh Mamidi has been named the 2022 Howard D. Colman Scholar. Sreyansh graduated from the Illinois Math and Science Academy in 2021, and recently finished his freshman year at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is seeking a degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. Sreyansh is the 11th Colman Scholar, a distinction which includes eligibility to receive $32,500 in scholarship funding during a student’s undergraduate education.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) will offer the Carroll H. Starr Endowment Challenge (CHS Challenge) for the tenth time to nonprofits in northern Illinois. This unique grant program is designed to build a nonprofit’s capacity and sustainability through the establishment of a permanent endowment. 
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) and NW HomeStart are proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Neighborhood Grants Program. The grants, totaling $17,062, will be awarded to 9 groups and organizations (listed below) working to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is pleased to announce its 2022 scholarship recipients: 180 scholarships worth up to $372,651 to local students. The scholarships will support the post-secondary educational aspirations of 140 local students from 25 high schools.
In Youth We Trust, the youth philanthropy program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, has announced the recipients of the 2022 IYWT Youth Grants cycle. The IYWT Council awarded seven youth-led projects $19,500 for the benefit of youth in northern Illinois:
Seven unique scholarships, with applications and award cycles which differ from the main CFNIL Scholarships program, are accepting applicants until May 31st. **Deadline has been extended to 5:00pm on Friday, June 3rd!** Applications must be submitted via CFNIL’s online application portal.
April 22 - 23, 2022, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is proud to participate in Spring ArtScene! ArtScene is a regional, biannual, gallery walk hosted at over 30 locations throughout Winnebago County. During ArtScene weekends, existing galleries, and pop-up galleries alike, display and sell the work of dozens of local artists.
In response to a request for humanitarian aid from the Mayor of Brovary, Ukraine, Igor Sapozhko, the Brovary, Ukraine Relief Fund was launched March 4 to raise funds for medicine, medical supplies, food, generators, sleeping cots, and emergency shelter. Rockford has enjoyed a Sister City relationship with Brovary since 1995. The Brovary Relief effort is a collaborative effort of the City of Rockford, Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kids Around the World, and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.
NW HomeStart and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) are accepting applications for the Neighborhood Grants Program until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 4. This program is open to neighborhood-based groups and nonprofit organizations operating in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. 
Field trips to visit grantees don't usually involve working up a sweat, but this week we visited first-time CFNIL Community Grant recipients Rockford Barbell to check out their Youth Weightlifting program. This afterschool training and mentorship initiative seeks to improve the social and emotional well-being of school age kids through physical activity and strength training.
In light of the ongoing disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for our schools and families with school-aged children, CFNIL has extended the deadline for the 2022 CFNIL Scholarship application one week. The new deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022.