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.

community leaf Total Funds Awarded

$480,346

Grand Total Funds Awarded through 10 years of the Community Grants program

2020 Grant Awards - $155,754

The Community Grants Program awarded more than $155,000 in grants in 2020, as 25 donor-advised funds helped fund 61 different programs by nonprofits in central Illinois.

Organization Purpose
Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden Foundation Inc. General operations
Animal Protective League of Springfield and Sangamon County General medical operations of cats and dogs in Sangamon and adjacent counties
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois Comprehensive Mentoring Program
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Illinois Project Learn program, which consists of homework help, tutoring, high-yield learning and leisure activities, parent involvement, and more
Carlinville Women's Program, Adult and Teen Challenge General operations
Community Mission Center Two coordinators, maintenance and repairs, and improvements of the building
Compass for Kids After-school program Club Compass, which serves homeless and low-income elementary school children in District 186
Contact Ministries Life Skills Program, which teaches parenting skills, goal setting, budgeting, job skills, and more
Contact Ministries Vinyl mattresses for the homeless shelter
Crossroads Transitional Living Program Program expenses for life skills training, supervised housing, food, transportation, case management and mentoring
Faith Coalition for the Common Good National Gamaliel leadership training
Friends of the Sangamon Valley General operations
Girls on the Run of Central Illinois Programming at Dubois, Graham, Harvard Park and Ball Charter schools
Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry Non-perishable and fresh foods for the food pantry
Grounds of Grace General operations, including funding upkeep and maintenance for the facility after a recent fire
Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County COVID supplies for volunteers to keep build sites and the Habitat building safe
Helping Hands of Springfield Emergency Shelter program, which includes integrated health services, trauma-informed support/addiction groups, and housing-focused intensive case management services
Historic Marbold Farmstead Association General operations, including to allow efforts to rebuild and restore the Greenview farm
Hoogland Center for the Arts Water heaters that supply all of the bathrooms in the building
Illinois State Museum Society Reimagine Peoples of the Past exhibit
Illinois Symphony Orchestra Illinois Symphony Youth Orchestra program
iMagicNation Little Libraries, Brainstorm materials and preliminary drawings of a facility
Imagine Hillsboro An inclusive playground, walking paths and trails, a picnic pavilion and more at Central Park
Jacksonville Area Center for Independent Living Wheelchair-accessible ramps for individuals in Morgan, Cass, Scott and Mason counties
Jewish Federation of Springfield For a large mural of Julius Rosenwald, pioneer businessperson and philanthropist
Kemmerer Village Transportation costs for a new program to help prevent the trauma of foster care by aiding families before they enter the system
Kumler Outreach Ministries The Neighborhood Gardens program in Enos Park Neighborhood
Loami Area Community Pantry For a freezer, operational side door and interior restoration
Macoupin Art Collective Fostering Friends program, which supplies art materials to every child entering the foster system in Macoupin County
Max-OUT Foundation Programs including backpacks with school supplies, as well as general operations
MERCY Communities, Inc. New beds for the Transitional Living Program
Midwest Youth Services Youth Emergency Shelter and Support Services program expansion initiative
Montgomery County 4-H Foundation Ready to eat meals for students in Montgomery County
One Hope United Foster Grandparent Program
Operation Warm Coats for children in Sangamon County
Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Utility relief and food assistance for families in need
Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault Telephone counseling for adult and child sexual assault survivors
Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield, Inc. Food for Two program, which provides food to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
Pure Haven Family Resource Center General operations
Routt Catholic High School Transportation for students
Safe Families for Children Alliance Train and recruit volunteers to connect families to community referral sources
Scholastic Art Awards Mid-Central Illinois Region Affiliate fee for the Scholastic Art Awards
Senior Services of Central Illinois Daily Bread program for home-delivered meals
Springfield Area Arts Council Mini-grants to fine arts departments in elementary and secondary schools in Sangamon and Menard counties
Springfield Immigrant Advocacy Network Charitable Foundation, Inc. Standing in the Gap program
Springfield Theatre Centre Digital format for Spirit of Lincoln production
Springfield Zoological Society Birds of prey shelters at Henson Robinson Zoo
Springfield-Decatur Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Mental Health support services to housekeeping staff in hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics
St. Aloysius School Upgrade teacher and classroom computers
St. John’s College of Nursing Nursing Pipeline Prepatory Program which connects District 186 freshmen with an early look at a nursing career
St. Patrick Catholic School Replacing windows, including egress windows necessary for a safe exit in the event one is needed
Taylorville Park District Resurface tennis and pickleball courts so the community can safely play
The Helping Paw Project, Inc. Medical care for senior dogs, including heartworm treatment, ultrasounds and dental care
The James Project Utility bills for four foster families
The Joy of Movement Support 12 weeks of adapted dance classes for those with Parkinson's disease and their care partners
The Muni Partnership with the Urban League, including bus transportation and tickets
The Outlet Food storage and delivery basket assembly pantry
The Parent Place Mobile diaper pantry, which includes diapers, wipes and staff time for low-income families
The Salvation Army - Clear Lake Corps Pathway of Hope, which works with families with children break generational poverty
Union Baptist Church Learning facility in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs that is designed with plexiglass partitions, routers for wi-fi and more to handle distance learning
Witt Township Memorial Library Library equipment, including computers, a printer, and supplies
Youth Service Bureau Emergency Shelter services for youth ages 11-21 who are abused, neglected, at-risk, or homeless