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BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will accept applications Feb. 1-28 from organizations that support local programs which benefit residents.

The foundation expects to grant more than $158,000.

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.

New this year is a grant from the David and Kay Williams Music Education Endowment. The grant seeks to support innovative programs that 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. Programs must be available to residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties.

"The number and quality of applications increases each year," said Michele Evans, the foundation's grants and communications director. Last year, the foundation received a record 118 applications with 54 programs receiving portions of the $150,200 available, an average of $2,750 per program, she 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 at www.ilprairiecf.org/ipcf-grant-rounds/. Links to online applications may be found there beginning Feb. 1.

The foundation, in its 21st year, facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. The foundation manages assets of more than $16.2 million in 160 funds.

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