Moving Forward

Building a Stronger, Healthier Community

The Heart of Illinois (HICF) and Decatur Earthmover Credit Union (DECU) have partnered on a first-of-its-kind comprehensive $1 million funding collaboration, Moving Forward.

Moving Forward includes four discretionary open-call grant programs, Places & Neighborhoods ($100,000), CommunityWorks ($400,000), Emergency Services Support ($100,000) and Impact200 ($200,000). An additional $200,000 in grant funding will benefit DEI, financial literacy, arts and summer education programs.

Grants will be distributed throughout 2024 and timelines as well as more information for each funding program will be posted below. Funding will be granted in Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt Counties as well as Paris, IL, where DECU provides services.

Moving Forward Announcement Press Release

Get to Know Our Funding Partner, Decatur Earthmover Credit Union

Since 1956, DECU has served as a member-owned full-service, financial institution serving all who live or work in Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Logan, Macon, McLean, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon and Shelby counties.

Investing in the communities DECU serves has always been an important part of their organization's philosophy. Every year since 2013, DECU has selected a non-profit in the community to support throughout the year through direct investment of time and treasure. From collecting diapers for expectant mothers served by Baby Talk, goodie bags for local nursing home, Prairie Creek Village, to organizing our community's Christmas parade every year, DECU takes their well-known slogan "It's Friends, Family and You" to heart.

Learn more about DECU's community involvement

February

This $50,000 grant celebrates the important work the African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society does to preserve African-American genealogy, provide resources and education about African-American history of the Central Illinois community, and promote and preserve the study of African-American history as a whole.

This project matched 1:1 by The Lumpkin Foundation, aims to promote a fuller understanding of history as a contribution to the conversation about racial equity and social justice.

A $30,000 open grant call is part of this campaign. Those details will be available July 8.

Learn more about Untold Stories

February Grants

March

2024 is the inaugural offering of this grant program thanks to funding from Decatur Earthmover Credit Union and the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation.

2024 Places & Neighborhoods grant recipients

Purpose & Types of Projects Supported

  • To support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in neighborhoods or a specific community.
  • Encourage and support the work of neighborhood groups, nonprofits, schools, churches and government organizations trying to preserve and/or improve the quality of life in the areas they serve.
  • We want neighbors to feel connected to one another and to have access to programs and events within their community that are engaging and inspire a sense of belonging.
  • Priority for projects that have a long-term impact for the community and its residents, promote community participation and engagement, and/or encourages public art, community engagement in the humanities.

More Information

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

Places & Neighborhoods Grant Program

April

The inaugural That's What She Said (TWSS) Macon County was held April 6 at 6 p.m. at the historic Lincoln Square Theater. TWSS is a live, one-night only performance featuring 10 local women sharing their powerful personal stories.

Decatur Earthmover Credit Union was the Step & Repeat sponsor for this inaugural event.

That's What She Said Macon County

May

2024 is the inaugural offering of this grant program thanks to funding from Decatur Earthmover Credit Union and the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation.

2024 EMS Grant Recipients

Available Funding & Eligibility

  • $100,000 available
  • Funding range per grant: $2,000 to $25,000
  • Have 501(c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service or be a qualified charitable, religious or government organization in Macon, Piatt, or Moultrie counties or Paris, IL.

More Information

Questions about the competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to HICF President, Natalie Beck, at nbeck@heartofillinois.org or by calling 217.429.3000.

EMS Grants

June

2024 is the inaugural offering of this grant program thanks to funding from Decatur Earthmover Credit Union and the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation.

2024 Community Arts/Summer Camp Grant Recipients

2024 CommunityWorks Grant Recipients

Available Funding & Eligibility

  • $400,000 available
  • Funding range per grant: $10,000 to $100,000
  • Have 501(c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service or be a qualified charitable or government organization in Macon, Piatt, or Moultrie counties or Paris, IL.

Purpose & Types of Projects Supported

  • CommunityWorks invites proposals in the areas of workforce development, education and environmental sustainability.

More Information

Questions about the competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to HICF President, Natalie Beck, at nbeck@heartofillinois.org or by calling 217.429.3000.

August

Available Funding & Eligibility

  • $200,000 available
  • Funding range per grant: no minimum to $50,000
  • Have 501(c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service or be a qualified charitable, religious or government organization in Macon, Piatt, or Moultrie counties or Paris, IL.

Purpose & Types of Projects 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?

Timeline to Apply

  • Application opens Aug. 6 at 9:00 a.m. and will close Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Recipients will be announced October 8 on Byers and Co. followed by check presentations at a DECU branch in mid-October.

Learn more about the Impact200 grant program.

More Information

Questions about the competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to HICF President, Natalie Beck, at nbeck@heartofillinois.org or by calling 217.429.3000.

November

Stay tuned for an exciting $50,000 grant that will be awarded to a nonprofit in November!

December

Stay tuned for exciting details on how Decatur Earthmover Credit Union and the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation will commemorate the impact of the $1 Million Moving Forward Campaign.