Competitive Grants

Each year, the Community Foundation awards grants from Unrestricted, Field of Interest Endowments and County Endowments through the competitive grant program. When your organization submits an application to the competitive grant program, funding may result from one, or a combination of, the following funds:

Unrestricted Endowment FundsCompetitive grants from these funds to nonprofit organizations support a full variety of charitable purposes throughout the Community Foundation’s 12-county service area.  Grant requests are considered in the fields of arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services. Geographic focus and support may encompass the following counties:

  • Illinois: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike
  • Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe

Field of Interest Funds: Competitive grants from these funds to nonprofit organizations support specific geographic and/or interest areas such as arts education, children with disabilities, education, health, human services, youth in need, and patriotism. Please click here for a list of fund purposes.

County Endowment Funds: If your organization or its project’s primary operation is in Brown, Pike or Hancock Counties in Illinois or Marion or Lewis Counties in Missouri, your application will also be reviewed by that county’s County Fund Council for potential funding. Receiving funding from a County Endowment Fund does not disqualify you from receiving a grant or partial grant from Unrestricted or Field of Interest funds.


Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that are recognized as exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, governmental entitites applying for grants that are exclusively for public or charitable purposes, or religious organizations Section 170(b)(1)(A) of the IRS Code. Please see Grant Policy for further information on eligibility.

Grant Range

Grants generally range from $250 to $5,000.


March 1: Application opens
June 1: Application closes at 11:59 p.m.
Mid-August: Grants are awarded


Charitable organizations interested in seeking grant funds from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri’s annual competitive grant program are invited to attend a grant workshop. Workshops are hosted in February and March. Please check back in January for 2019 workshop dates.

Workshop Materials & References

2018 Cover Sheet-Checklist for Application

2018 Competitive Grant Funds

2017 Competitive Grants Awarded

Grant Policy