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     Beginning Jan. 14, 2022, The Community Foundation of Macon County (CFMC) is accepting online applications from Macon County nonprofit organizations seeking grant awards from the CommunityWorks Endowment Fund. Total available funding for these annual grants is $200,000, and funding is restricted to programs that prioritize –

     • Education ($100K total awarded, minimum individual funding level per grant award is $10,000),

     • Workforce Development ($50K, minimum funding per grant $5,000) or

     • Land Use/Protection ($50K, minimum funding per grant $5,000).

     Once the portal opens Jan. 14, applications may be completed and submitted through the link at Deadline to apply is Feb. 18, and award recipients will be announced March 29.

      “The longstanding CommunityWorks grants continue to provide important funding for major priorities in our community each year,” says CFMC Director of Strategic Grantmaking Tony Holly. “We look forward to the transformative work that will happen in our area as a result of this year’s funding.”

     Organizations applying for these grants from must submit a new or existing program that meets at least one of the specified criteria listed for the chosen funding area:

     Education • Increase access to quality, affordable education

     • Expand availability of quality childcare facilities

     • Strengthen educational programs and management capacities

     Workforce Development • Job retention and career advancement

     • Job creation

     • Access/transportation options to jobs

     • Adult literacy Land Use/Protection Issues in Macon County

     • Protection and restoration of natural lands and waterways

     • Development of clean renewable energy and prevention of pollution

     • Expansion/connection of preserved natural lands

     • Implementation of regional growth

     • Management and land use strategies that promote economic vitality and environmental health

     • Educating the public in the above issues In 2005,

     The Community Foundation of Macon County 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 CFMC to meet challenge matches required by that foundation. Questions about the CommunityWorks competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to Holly at or 217-429-3000.

     Established in 2000, The Community Foundation of Macon County stewards more than 365 funds and total assets of $50 million. To date, The Community Foundation has distributed over $37 million to charitable organizations and endeavors. For more information about The Community Foundation of Macon County, visit

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