Rockford, Illinois News

Community Foundation announces 2020 Neighborhood grant recipients

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) and HomeStart, on Tuesday, announced the recipients of the 2020 Neighborhood Grants Program.

The grants will be awarded to 11 groups and organizations working to improve the quality their communities at the neighborhood level. The grants are worth $22,300.

In order to ensure the safety of all parties involved, we have opted out of holding a grant reception this year.

Instead, checks will be personally delivered to each of this year’s awardees.
CFNIL has operated a neighborhood grants program since 1995, distributing more than $743,998 to build better neighborhoods in Rockford. This is the fifth year the two organizations are collaborating to expand the availability of funds to neighborhood-based groups across the four-county region.

Recipients of the Neighborhood Grants Program must be nonprofits or neighborhood-based organizations operating in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson or Winnebago counties. The Neighborhood Grants Program will fund neighborhood projects, including but not limited to beautification, summer programs, food handouts, clean ups, reforestation, and resident-focused education.

The maximum award from the Neighborhood Grants Program is $2,500.

2020 Neighborhood grant recipients
Jeremiah Development, $1,170; SecondFirst Church, $2,500; Project 1013, $2,500; Churchill’s Grove neighborhood association, $2,500; Soar Assembly, $1,380; Rock House Kids Mural, $2,500; Loves Park Pulse, $2,500; Winnebago Community Historical Society, $1,200; Rockford Park District Foundation, $2,500; Rock Valley College, $1,050; and Ethnic Village Neighborhood, $2,500.