Nonprofit Capacity Building Grant Awards Announced

Champaign, Illinois, November 14, 2022: On November 17th, the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (CFECI) will award over $50,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations to strengthen their capacity as part of its vision of raising the quality of life throughout the region it serves. Of the 33 organizations that applied for funding through a new grant cycle this fall, 14 organizations will be awarded capacity building grants.

“The Community Foundation is pleased to award funds, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, as an investment in the effectiveness and future sustainability of nonprofits in our region,” stated Angie Hatfield Marker, CFECI President & CEO. “These inaugural capacity building grants will strengthen the ability of our nonprofit partners to fulfill their missions over time, thereby enhancing their capacity to have a positive impact on lives and our community.”

Nonprofit capacity building grants will be awarded to the following organizations: Champaign County Environmental Stewards, Champaign Urbana Jewish Federation, Community Choices, Crisis Nursery of Champaign County, East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center, Family Service of Champaign County, Four Osprey, Grand Prairie Friends Land Trust, Illinois Amish Information Exhibits, MAYC Foundation, Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services, RISE Behavioral Health & Wellness, and Sola Gratia Farm. Funding to these organizations will support leadership development, strategic planning, data and financial management, fundraising development, marketing strategy and technology consultation.

The Community Foundation will award funding to recipient organizations at its annual CFECI Trustees’ Luncheon at the Champaign Country Club on Thursday, November 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event celebrates National Community Foundation Week which recognizes the important work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative and innovative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sector.

To learn more about CFECI, visit For questions about the Community Foundation’s efforts to help East Central Illinois nonprofits and their boards to be as effective as possible through its Center for Nonprofit Excellence, email or call 217-359-0125.