Applications are open now for the annual Community Commitment Grant cycle. Endowed funds from donors who have left a legacy for the future are the primary source of ongoing funding for these grants.
Community Commitment Grants, unlike many other grant opportunities, are awarded each year to nonprofits that serve residents of east central Illinois for durable, non-disposable items. Staffing costs, general operations and endowments, for instance, do not fall within these grant guidelines.
The Foundation invites proposals in the general areas of arts and humanities, environment, education, health and human services, urban affairs and youth activities. Grants have historically ranged from $500 to $5,000, although the Community Commitment Grant Distribution Committee may consider slightly larger grants that demonstrate a high degree of agency collaboration or impact.
Shown above: A 2014 Community Commitment Grant to Champaign Urbana Special Recreation was used to buy sensory experiential items that help kids in the after-school and camp programs sooth and calm themselves in times of crisis. The grant-funded trampoline with hand-bar, giant crash-mat and secure-feeling hammock are great ways for CUSR kids to chill, relax and relieve stress.