Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

IPCF Offers Grant Opportunities for 2018 in 2 Categories

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will accept applications for grants in two categories from October 1 to October 31, 2017, on its website at

These grants provide support to local programs that benefit local residents. The Women to Women Giving Circle has a total of $40,000 available to give in grants and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) has $10,000 available for grants. Funding for the Women to Women and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants comes from endowments held at IPCF, designated gifts and individual donors.

The Women to Women Giving Circle seeks to improve the lives of women and children in Central Illinois and is focusing its grants for 2018 on programs that develop the potential in girls aged 0-5 in our community and their support networks (families, teachers and caregivers). In addition, the Women to Women grant requires applicants to collaborate with another organization on a program addressing the focus. Youth Engaged in Philanthropy  grants are selected by area high school students for youth-focused programs with priority given to organizations that include youth in the application process.

“The number and quality of applications increases each year,” said Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director at IPCF. “Last year, in these two categories, IPCF received 36 applications requesting a total of $180,000 in funding. While not all grants were able to be fully funded, those that were selected received an average of $3,800 which can make a huge difference to the organizations that receive them.”

Successful applicants will receive funding in January 2018.

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.

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 $15 million in nearly 150 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds.

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


Michele Evans, 309-662-4477