Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

IPCF Offers $140,000 in 2019 Grant Opportunities

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will accept applications for grants in three categories from February 1-28, 2019. Interested applicants may find information about the grants on IPCF’s website along with links to the online applications.

The Community Foundation expects to grant out more than $140,000 during this grant round. These grants provide support to local programs that benefit local residents. General Grants fund programs for education, environment, health and wellness, and youth. Mirza/IPCF Arts Grants fund programs for the performing or visual arts, music education, and/or arts education and enrichment. Shulman Grants focus on Jewish-themed educational, arts and cultural enrichment programs open to all.

The David and Kay Williams Music Education Grant is in its second year of awarding money. The grant seeks to support programs that use innovative technology to provide creative music experiences for K-12 students, regardless of their music training, using a combination of traditional instruments and music technology. Programs interested in applying for a Williams Music Education Grant will use the Mirza/Arts & Culture Grant online application.

“The number and quality of applications increases each year,” said Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director. “Last year, IPCF received 113 applications for these three grant types, with a record 73 programs receiving a portion of the money available. The average donation amount of $2,000 really can make a difference to the organizations receiving a grant.” Funding for these grants comes from endowments held at IPCF, designated gifts and donors to the Annual Campaign.

Applicants must represent a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, a local unit of municipal, county, state or federal government, a school or college/university, or a tax-exempt religious organization or place of worship. Programs must be available to residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan Counties but do not have to serve all four counties.

For additional information and questions, grant seekers may contact Michele Evans at 309-662-4477.

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 21st year, encourages and facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors who care with causes that matter to them. The Foundation currently manages assets of more than $16 million in 163 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds.


Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director,  309-662-4477