CommunityWorks Grant Application Portal Opens

$400,000 available for education, workforce development and environmental sustainability priorities

Macon County – Starting today, The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation (HICF), is accepting applications from area nonprofit organizations seeking grants from the CommunityWorks fund. In 2024, CommunityWorks will award $400,000 in grants due to the $1 million grant funding collaboration, Moving Forward, between the HICF and Decatur Earthmover Credit Union. Minimum grants per organization are $10,000 and maximum grants are $100,000. Deadline to apply is May 7. Recipients will be announced June 11 at 8:05AM on Byers and Company.

CommunityWorks grants will be awarded to not-for-profit organizations and schools serving Macon, Piatt, and Moultrie counties as well as Paris, IL. The purpose of this grant is to support programs and projects that focus on education, workforce development and environmental sustainability.

More details and application portal are available at CommunityWorks Endowment Fund

In 2005, The Heart of Illinois Community Foundation was one of only 18 initial foundations selected to receive a CommunityWorks grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation to establish an endowment fund. Through the years, generous donors have added to the fund stewarded at HICF to meet challenge matches required by that foundation.

Questions about the CommunityWorks competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to Rachel Moran at or 217-429-3000.