Community Grants Program

The Community Grants Program is the local grantmaking program at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln. The Program accepts funding requests for any charitable focus area in Cass, Christian, Logan, Macoupin, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan and Sangamon County.

This program was initiated to expose donor-advised funds to funding opportunities of which they may not otherwise be aware. Donors review the grant requests submitted by nonprofit organizations through this program, potentially partner with each other, and make decisions on funding.

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Total funds awarded through the Community Grants Program

2021 Grant Awards - $159,278

The Community Grants Program awarded more than $159,000 in grants in 2021, as 25 donor-advised funds helped fund 42 different programs by nonprofits in central Illinois.

Organization Purpose
Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County Free spay/neuter of 200 community cats
Ann T. Havey Foundation Purchase and distribution of newborn clothes
Carlinville Women's Program - Adult and Teen Challenge of Illinois 12-month residential rehabilitation program
Central Illinois Veterans Commission Building homes for veterans in Logan County
Chester-East Lincoln CCSD #61 Improve playground
Compass for Kids Club Compass, after-school program serving homeless and low-income elementary school children in District 186
Computer Banc Computer systems for those in need
Cross Over Ministries NFP Question/Persuade/Refer program
Crossroads Transitional Living Program Program expenses
Fishing Has No Boundaries Capital City Chapter Annual event
Friends of Williamsville Public Library and Museum Perimeter fence
Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Programming at Dubois, Graham, Harvard Park and Ball Charter schools
Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County Vouchers for furniture/building supplies
Hillsboro Area Public Library District Renovations and repairs at the library's future location
Historic Marbold Farmstead Association Restore 11 windows and 7 doors
Hope Essential group therapy
Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund Increase vaccine acceptance in rural comunities
Illinois State Museum Society Sensory kits
Illinois Symphony Orchestra Illinois Symphony Youth Orchestra program
Lincoln Memorial Garden and Educational Center for the Visually Impaired Improve accessibility through iBeacons
Loami Area Community Pantry Commercial grade refrigerator and chest freezer
Macoupin Art Collective Refurbish bus for mobile art studio
Max-OUT Foundation Programs and activities, including school supply giveaway, Christmas Family Sponsorship, bags for the homeless and more
MERCY Communities, Inc. Expand housing program
Our Saviour School Fence outdoor playground
Prairie Council on Agin Illinois Volunteer Money Management Program
Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield, Inc. Food for Two program, which provides food to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois General operations
Routt Catholic High School Upgrading security cameras
Scholastic Art Awards Mid-Central Illinois Region Affliate fee for Mid-Central Illinois Region of Scholastic Art Awards
SIU School of Medicine Dept. of Population Science and Policy Webinars for addressing COVID challenges in rural Illinois
SIU School of Medicine-Office of Community Care Connect 2 Communities program
Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum (AAHM) Operational expenses, traveling exhibit storage cases, and a youth art gallery
Springfield Art Association Visual art classes to local veterans and active-duty military members
Springfield Immigrant Advocacy Network Charitable Foundation, Inc. (SIAN) Two part-time assistants
Springfield Park District Kulture City partnership
The Baby Fold Respite Camp
The Outlet Knight's Action Park day
The Parent Place Mobile diaper pantry and supervised visits
Third Presbyterian Church Saturday Clubs
Wooden It Be Lovely Be Lovely Home