In 2024, this program will grant $200,000. Application opens Aug. 6

The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation is devoted to enhancing the quality of life in Macon, Piatt and Moultrie Counties and Paris, IL, and enriching our community now and in the future. We work with our generous donors to help meet the pressing needs in our society and build upon great ideas for our future.

The Community Foundation provides leadership and resources to help achieve positive change, representing the work of many hearts and hands spanning years of dedication to the communities we serve.

It is through this work and spirit of generosity the Impact100 Grant program was created. Each year, the Impact100 program provides a minimum of $100,000 in Macon, Piatt and Moultrie County and Paris, IL, community grants.

Past Impact100 grant recipients

Information about Impact200

Thanks to a matching donor, Impact100 will be called Impact200 during 2024!

Available funding

  • $200,000 available funding for 2024
  • Have 501(c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service or be a qualified charitable, religious or government organization.
  • Organization must be located in Macon, Piatt or Moultrie County or Paris, Illinois.
  • The grantmaking process of the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation prioritizes 501c3 organizations that are recognized by the IRS as operating public charities for a minimum of 3 years.

Types of Projects or Programs Supported

The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation invites proposals in the areas of arts/culture/recreation, social services, conservation/environment, health, youth, and education.

What is your organization’s greatest need right now? Do you have a one-time project that would address a critical need? Are you starting a new program or expanding a current one? Do you have an improvement project that’s beyond your organization’s means?

Types of Projects or Programs Not Supported

The Impact100 grant program does NOT provide grant funding for the following:

  • Endowments
  • Scholarships
  • Debt reduction
  • Capital campaigns
  • Grants to individuals
  • Costs already incurred
  • For-profit entities
  • Meals, diems, travel expenses, conference attendance
  • Loans or assistance to be given to individuals, including gift cards, gift certificates, stipends or other incentives
  • Political candidates or partisan purposes
  • Projects/programs outside of Macon, Piatt or Moultrie Counties and Paris, IL
  • Start up costs for new agencies (new programs or projects within an established agency are eligible)


  • Provide evidence of sound management and administration.
  • Document capacity to mobilize resources including financial support, in-kind support, partnerships and volunteers to sustain programs where appropriate.
  • Demonstrate organizational expertise in delivering quality programs and services.

Needs and Impact

  • Provide evidence of planning to address community needs.
  • Include a statement regarding projected outcomes as result of the grant.

Timeline to Apply

  • Applications will open August 6

More Information

Questions about the competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to HICF Director of Communications, Rachel Moran, at or by calling 217.429.3000.