Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

IPCF Offers 2018 Grant Opportunities

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will accept applications for grants in three categories from February 1-28, 2018. Interested applicants may find information about the grants on IPCF’s website. Links to the online applications will be found there beginning Feb. 1.

The Community Foundation expects to grant out more than $158,000 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.

New this year is a grant from the David and Kay Williams Music Education Endowment. The grant seeks to support innovative programs that provide creative music experiences for K-12 students, regardless of their music training, using a combination of traditional instruments and music technology; support one-time, need-based participation to attend a traditional music concert performance in the community; support a one-time need for youth or multi-generational traditional ensembles that offer free concerts to the community.

“The number and quality of applications increases each year,” said Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director. “Last year, IPCF received a record 118 applications for the three grant types with 54 programs receiving a portion of the $150,200 available. The average donation amount of $2,750 can make a huge difference to the organizations that receive them.” Funding for these grants comes from endowments held at IPCF, designated gifts and donors to the 2018 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 20th 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 $16.2 million in 160 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds.


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