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Grants to Illinois and Missouri Nonprofits for Arts, Education, Health,
Community Betterment, and Human Services in Eligible Counties

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri

Deadline Date:

06/01/19 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants generally ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Illinois and Missouri nonprofit organizations to benefit communities in Brown, Adams, Hancock, or Pike counties in Illinois or Knox, Clark, Lewis, Monroe, Marion, Ralls, Pike, or Shelby counties in Missouri.

When an organization submits an application to the competitive grant program, funding may result from one, or a combination of, the following funds:

Unrestricted Endowment Funds: Grant requests are considered in the fields of arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services. Focus and support may encompass the following counties:
- Illinois: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike
- Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe

Field of Interest Funds: Funds are set up with parameters for support in specific interest areas, such as the arts or human services, or by geographic locations, such as a specific school district, community or county.

County Endowment Funds: If an organization or its project’s primary operation is in Brown, Pike or Hancock Counties in Illinois or Marion or Lewis Counties in Missouri, the application will also be reviewed by that county’s County Fund Council for potential funding. Receiving funding from a County Endowment Fund does not disqualify an organization from receiving a grant or partial grant from Unrestricted or Field of Interest funds.

For a list of Activities Considered for Support,see the Grant Policy and Guidelines document: https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/d8df8945/files/uploaded/Grant%20Policy%20Approved%207%2724%2718.pdf#page=2

The Community Foundation may also support charitable projects in the community or award scholarships; in these cases, there are specific policies and procedures which the Community Foundation follows to assure charitable purposes are met and that compliance with all regulations are met.

Grants will be made to support projects and programs of organizations that prove to be fiscally responsible by providing tangible proof of adequate accounting procedures. Multiple grants to the same organization are acceptable. Recurring grants for the same program are acceptable, but not to be encouraged.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181014

Estimated Size of Grant:

2019 Grants will range from $500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds must be expended within one year of receipt of grant funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation will consider grant requests from:
1) Nonprofit organizations that are recognized as exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code
2) Governmental entities applying for grants that are exclusively for public and charitable purposes
3) Religious organizations as defined in Section 170(b)(1)(A) of the IRS Code

Eligible organizations are further defined in Section 170(c)(1) and170(c)(2) of the IRS Code. Staff will verify the charitable status of the organization using IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search (formerly Publication 78, IRS List of Charitable Organizations), and/or Guidestar Charity Check.

If an organization is a governmental entity, it must submit written confirmation that it is a unit of government. This confirmation might include, but is not limited to, a copy of the legislative act creating the entity or a letter from an authorized government official confirming the status.

The Community Foundation will also consider grant requests from non-eligible organizations when the grant is for a charitable purpose. When a grant to an organization not recognized as eligible is made, the Community Foundation assumes the responsibility to assure that grant funds are used solely for charitable purposes. The term “Charitable Purpose” is further defined in the Due Diligence section of the Grant Policy (attached below).

An organization that does not meet the eligible organization criteria must submit the grant request under the umbrella of a 501(c)(3) organization who has agreed to be the “Fiscal Sponsor” for the grant request. For a list of fiscal sponsor responsibilities, see the Grant Policy and Guidelines document below.

Activities Generally Not Considered for Support:
- Endowment and annual fund drives, budget deficits, and debt reduction
- Multi-year grants
- National fundraising efforts
- Sponsorships for fundraising or for-profit events or recurring events
- Grants for political campaigns or organizations that directly or indirectly participate in them

For more grant eligibility policies and restrictions, see the Grant Policy and Guidelines document: https://irp-cdn.multiscreensite.com/d8df8945/files/uploaded/Grant%20Policy%20Approved%207%2724%2718.pdf#page=5

Pre-proposal Conference:

A grant workshop was offered on March 11, 2019. To access the slides for this workshop, go to Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Community Foundation staff will review your application for completeness by appointment only.
Appointment requests must be made prior to May 24, 2019.

To apply for grants, complete the 2019 Competitive Grant Application online by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2019. Anticipated grant distribution in August 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application;
https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=y0IvNTomAgXODWwqG21CqVjZQTb3f6nSeM85ir83_vI1

For questions:
Phone: (217) 222-1237
Email: grants@mycommunityfoundation.org

Community Foundation
Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri
4531 Maine, Suite A
Quincy, IL 62305
Fax: (217) 222-2260
Email: info@mycommunityfoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: Adams, Brown, Hancock, and Pike Counties;   Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby, and Monroe Counties