Ten Organizations Awarded $100,000 in Places & Neighborhoods Grants

Central Illinois – Ten Central Illinois nonprofits, schools and churches have been selected to receive a total of $100,000 in grants from the Places & Neighborhoods fund established as part of the Moving Forward $1 Million program launched by Decatur Earthmover Credit Union and the Heart of Illinois Community Foundation earlier this year.

Places & Neighborhoods grant funding supports local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in neighborhoods or a specific community. Priority was awarded for projects having a long-term impact for the community and its residents, and projects promoting community participation.

The 2024 recipients, proposed programs and awarded funding:

  • Holy Family School, outdoor STEM area, $2,500
  • Unity Christian School, outdoor landscaping, $2,500
  • Decatur Area Arts Council, electrical box vinyl wraps, $7,500
  • Children’s Museum of Illinois, outdoor percussion instruments, $10,000
  • The Kirby Foundation, wellness trail pocket gardens, $10,000
  • Life Changers Church, senior urban garden collaboration with Eisenhower High School ag students, $10,000
  • Warrensburg Corn Festival, community stage, $10,000
  • Warrensburg Elementary School, playground upgrades, $10,000
  • Monticello CUSD #25 Schools, exterior community gathering places, $12,500
  • Decatur Park District, Garfield Park renovations, $25,000

Questions about the Places & Neighborhoods grant program should be directed to Natalie Beck at nbeck@heartofillinois.org