Completing Grant Applications

The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln accepts grant applications for several programs and charitable funds throughout the year. The Community Foundation encourages nonprofit organizations in Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Montgomery, and Morgan counties to apply for funding from our competitive grantmaking funds when eligible.

Annual deadlines for competitive grant programs and final report due dates are noted in the chart below.

Who can apply

Each grant program at the Foundation is unique in what it funds and who is eligible to apply. Please review the grant information for each program carefully to make sure your organization meets the specific criteria. Applications are generally accepted from:

  • registered 501(c)(3) charitable organizations
  • faith-based organizations (proposals must benefit all, regardless of religion, and be for service provided which is not religious in nature)
  • public or private schools (proposals must be for projects that exceed the school’s budget funding)
  • units of government or municipalities

All grant applications must be completed using our online system.

You may start an application and come back to complete it later. The system is very user-friendly and eliminates the need for applicants to make multiple copies of applications and materials for each grant program. If you have any questions about the system, please contact the Community Foundation at 217-789-4431.

All final reports must also be submitted online

Use the links in the table below

Click on the name of the program to access the online application system. There is a 'Preview Application' feature to view the full proposal before logging in to the system or creating an account. Most applications are will be made available through this page 30 days before the deadline.

Grant Application Information

Grant Applications Opens Deadline Focus Area Grant Report Forms and Deadlines
(for recent grant recipients only)
COVID-19 Response Fund - Next deadline:
May 29
Issue: Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
Area: Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery counties
Grant Report Form
King’s Daughters Organization Fund Jan 1, 2020 Feb 3, 2020 Issue: Senior Citizen Programs
Area: Sangamon County
Grant Report Form
December 1, 2020
The Women's Fund
(Women for Women giving circle)
Jan 1, 2020 Feb 3, 2020 Issue: Women and Children's Programs
Area: Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery counties
Progress Report: August 31, 2020
Final Report: November 20, 2020
Junior League of Springfield Capacity Building Grant Program April 9, 2020 May 11, 2020 Issue: Professional Development for Nonprofits
Area: Sangamon, Montgomery and Christian counties
Grant Report Form
Six months after completion of training
Access to Recreation July 1, 2020 Aug 3, 2020 Issue: Accessible Recreation Programs for People with Disabilities
Area: Sangamon County
Grant Report Form
June 1, 2020
CFLL Historic Preservation Fund July 1, 2020 Aug 3, 2020 Issue: Historic Preservation
Area: Springfield, Illinois
Grant Report Form
June 1, 2020
Community Grants Program Aug 3, 2020 Sept 4, 2020 Issue: Any Charitable Focus
Area: Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery counties
Grant Report Form
June 1, 2020
Future Fund
(Young Philanthropists giving circle)
Oct 1, 2020 Nov 2, 2020 Issue: Childhood Development and Education
Area: Sangamon County
Grant Report Form
Aug 31, 2020