BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Prairie Community Foundation is accepting applications, through Feb. 28, from organizations that provide programs that benefit Central Illinois residents.
The foundation expects to grant more than $140,000. Programs must be available to residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties.
General grants fund programs for education, the environment, health and wellness and youth. Mirza/IPCF Arts Grants fund programs for the performing or visual arts, music education and arts education and enrichment. Shulman Grants focus on Jewish-themed educational, arts and cultural enrichment programs open to all.
The David and Kay Williams Music Education Grant, in its second year of awarding money, seeks to support programs that use innovative technology to provide creative music experiences for K-12 students, regardless of their music training, using a combination of traditional instruments and music technology.
Applicants must represent a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, a unit of government, a school or college, or a tax-exempt religious organization or place of worship.
"The number and quality of applications increases each year," Michele Evans, the foundation's grants and communications director, said in a statement. Last year, the foundation received 113 applications with a record-high 73 programs receiving portions of the $157,347 available, an average of $2,000 per program, Evans said.
Money comes from endowments held at the foundation, from designated gifts and from donors to the foundation's annual campaign.
Potential applicants may find more information and links to the online applications at https://ilprairiecf.org/spring-grants.
The foundation, in its 21st year, facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. The foundation manages assets of more than $16 million in 163 funds.