In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its presence in our community, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation established the IPCF COVID-19 Response Fund to support local nonprofits that serve populations who have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus and its economic consequences. Grant recipients are listed below.

The Drake Zimmerman and Jan Elfline Fund showed its support for the community by matching the first $25,000 raised through the emergency fund. For every dollar donated to this fund, the Drake Zimmerman and Jan Elfline Fund matched it, up to $25,000.

One hundred percent of all donated funds were distributed as impactful grants to local nonprofits in need. By establishing the IPCF COVID-19 Response Fund, the Community Foundation stays true to its mission of connecting people who care with causes that matter by offering philanthropic leadership, organization and grant-making for the long-term enrichment of our Central Illinois community. Illinois Prairie Community Foundation serves McLean, DeWitt, Logan and Livingston counties.

COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Recipients

IPCF received requests from 63 nonprofits requesting more than $511,000 in support. The Community Foundation worked with the John M. Scott Trust, which agreed to cover the costs for $50,000 in funding from 11 McLean County based applicants to our fund. The nonprofits who will be receiving funding from the Scott Trust have been notified already and will receive their COVID grants pending official approval of the Trustee in late May.

32 programs received grants totaling $80,025.81:

  • ABC Counseling & Family Services, Bloomington – $1,250 for Project Safe
  • American Red Cross – $2,625 for Blood Services Delivery During Coronavirus Outbreak
  • Best Buddies – $1,125 for Virtual Services for Best Buddies Program & Jobs Teams
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois – $2,500 for Community Based Mentoring
  • Bloomington-Normal YMCA – $1,600 for Emergency Child Care Services
  • Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal – $625 for Virtual Club Experience
  • Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County – $3,875 for Emergency Child Care Services for Critical Services Employees’ Youth
  • Child Protection Network – $2,000 for Funding for the CASA Program
  • Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois, Lincoln - $5,000 for Agency Support
  • DeWitt County Friendship Center, Clinton – $2,300 for Continued Operations
  • Dove Inc. – $5,000 for DeWitt County Food Pantry and Financial Assistance
  • Easterseals Central Illinois – $1,000 for Respite for Easterseals Families
  • Easterseals Central Illinois – $1,500 for Telehealth
  • Encore Development Services, Clinton – $3,000 for COVID-19 Utility Support
  • Futures Unlimited, Pontiac – $2,625 for Meeting Individuals' Needs Through COVID-19
  • Heritage Behavioral Health Center – $2,500 for Accessible Services During COVID-19 (DeWitt County)
  • Home Sweet Home Ministries Inc. – $3,750 for COVID-19 Response
  • Homes of Hope - $3,100 for The HOPE for Help
  • Lifesong for Orphans-The Forgotten Initiative – $1,400 for Bloomington First Response
  • Midwest Food Bank – $1,000 for COVID-19 Food Relief
  • Neighborhood Care Center, Clinton – $2,100 for Crisis Relief Ministry
  • PATH - $4,660 for 211 program
  • Prairie State Legal Services Inc. – $4,500 for Legal Services for People Affected by COVID-19
  • Recycling Furniture for Families – $1,000 for Providing Emergency Furniture/Beds to People in Need/Displaced Due to Financial/Medical Hardship
  • Salvation Army, Bloomington – $4,000 for Rental/Utility Assistance
  • Salvation Army, Bloomington – $4,000 for Safe Harbor
  • Salvation Army Lincoln Service Extension Center – $2,875 for Basic Needs
  • Salvation Army, Pontiac – $2,500 for Basic Needs for Livingston County
  • Society of St. Vincent DePaul, Holy Trinity Conference – $2,000 for Food Pantry
  • Sunnyside Community Garden & Food Forest – $665.81 for Feeding Our Neighbors
  • United Way of Livingston County – $3,200 for COVID-19
  • United Way of McLean County – $750 for Feeding B-N & Beyond

Any money Illinois Prairie Community Foundation receives for this purpose from federal or state government agencies, including the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (a joint effort between the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations and United Way of Illinois) will be deposited into IPCF’s COVID-19 Response Fund for distribution to local nonprofit agencies.

Please donate to the IPCF COVID-19 Response Fund to support our local nonprofits as they continue to serve clients during this difficult time. Whether by writing a check, using your Donor Advised Fund to make a distribution, donating shares of stock, directing your upcoming Qualified Charitable Distribution/Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA or by donating a portion of any federal stimulus money that you don’t need for your immediate personal needs, we can all get through this crisis together. Read our Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.

Please talk to your tax adviser when filing your 2020 tax forms to see if your donations qualify for tax relief. Under the stimulus bill signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, taxpayers who do not itemize on their 2020 tax forms may deduct up to $300 in cash giving for the 2020 tax year. Donations to Donor Advised Funds would not qualify for the non-itemizer deduction. More information on the CARES Act.

IPCF is a trusted public nonprofit charity; its tax identification number is 37-1377415. If you prefer to support one of the local nonprofits affiliated with the Community Foundation, please visit the Current Funds page and click on Fiscal Sponsorship Funds for a full list of those funds. If you would prefer to donate to a specific nonprofit in our community or would like to help the Community Foundation prepare for future emergencies, please email us and we will help facilitate your giving.