Rockford, Illinois News

Community Foundation grant applications open Aug. 10

ROCKFORD — The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’s Community Grants program application will open August 10, the nonprofit announced Tuesday.

Proposals will be accepted in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Education, Health, Human Services, Sustainable Communities, and Youth & Families. Applications will be accepted from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, religious institutions, units of government, and public universities and colleges. The proposals must describe charitable activities provided for the benefit of residents in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago counties.

The Community Grants Program application will be open Monday, Aug. 10, until 5 p.m., Monday, Sept.21.

All applications must be submitted through CFNIL’s online grants application portal. To access the portal and learn more about the Community Grants program, interested applicants should visit

To provide more information about the Community Grants Program and answer questions about the application process, CFNIL staff will host five Grantseekers Meetings during the week of Aug.10, one each weekday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The meetings will be held virtually, and each session will include the same information as well as provide time for questions and answers. Register to attend here.

“The Community Grants Program is CFNIL’s largest and broadest grant-making program, poised to make over $1.4 million in awards this year,” said CFNIL President Dan Ross. “It is a privilege to support a diverse range of programs and projects that directly impact and improve the lives of thousands of northern Illinois residents every year, and to support the exceptional work of our region’s nonprofits.”

About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois
The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for current and future needs of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953 CFNIL has granted more than $73 million for charitable purposes. Learn more about CFNIL’s grantmaking and commitment to endowment at

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