Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

IPCF Offers Women, Youth Grant Opportunities for 2021

BLOOMINGTON, IL – Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will accept applications for grants in two categories from October 1 to October 30, 2020. Grant applicants will find links to the online application forms on the IPCF website at

These grants provide support to programs that benefit residents in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. The Women to Women Giving Circle has a total of $38,712 available to give in grants and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) has $11,680 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 2021 on programs that support resiliency (capacity to recover quickly from difficulties) for children in our communities from birth to third grade and their support networks (families, teachers, caregivers). In addition, the Women to Women grant requires applicants to collaborate on the grant program with another nonprofit organization. Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants are for youth-focused programs, with priority given to organizations that include youth in the application process, are awarded by the 13 area high school students who are members of YEP.

“The number and quality of applications increases each year,” said Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director at IPCF. “While not all grants are able to be fully funded, those that are selected generally receive between $1,000 and $7,000, depending on the program. That can make a huge difference to the organizations that receive them.”

Successful applicants will receive funding starting in January 2021.

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 applicants may contact Michele Evans at 309-662-4477.

About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 22nd 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 $20 million in more than 170 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at

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