Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

IPCF Offers Grants in 3 Categories

Applications Accepted During February

BLOOMINGTON – Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will accept applications for grants in three categories from February 1-26, 2021. Interested applicants may find information about the grants on IPCF’s website along with links to the online applications.

The Community Foundation expects to award more than $120,000 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 fourth year of awarding money. The grant seeks to support programs that use innovative technology to provide creative music experiences for K-12 students or the one-time purchase of participatory/folk instruments in support of a planned educational activity engaging people in shared music-making experiences. Programs interested in applying for a Williams Music Education Grant will use the Mirza/Arts & Culture Grant online application.

“There are so many nonprofit organizations doing good things in our community that need help funding their programs, especially in these tough economic circumstances,” said Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director. Last year, IPCF received 99 applications for these three grant types, with 73 programs receiving a portion of the money available. “The average grant award of about $2,000 really can make a difference to nonprofit 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 or 309-662-4477.

About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 23rd 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 175 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at

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