Places & Neighborhoods Grant

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

2024 Places & Neighborhoods grant recipients:

  • 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

Available Funding & Eligibility

  • $100,000 available
  • Funding range per grant: $2,500 to $25,000
  • Have 501(c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service or be a qualified charitable, school, religious or government organization in Macon, Piatt or Moultrie Counties or Paris, IL.

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 or by calling 217.429.3000.