Grant Portal

Boone County Community Foundation Grants

Purpose of Funding

To award grants for projects that enhance the quality of life in Boone County.


  • Be a not-for-profit or public sector service organization that carries out charitable projects or provides services in Boone County, IL
  • Operate an organization that does not violate anti-discrimination laws
  • Have submitted a final report or progress report from any previous year if the organization received a grant

What we do not fund

  • Fundraisers
  • Budget deficits
  • Scholarships

What we fund

  • Health and social services
  • Educational programs
  • Community and neighborhood projects
  • Children, youth, and family projects
  • Cultural and arts-related projects

What we look for in a project

  • Addresses a community need
  • Celebrates the diversity in our community
  • Articulates reasonable, measurable outcomes
  • Outlines a specific plan for project
  • Encourages cooperation with other organizations
  • Demonstrates quality, vision, effectiveness, and good management

Criteria used in awarding grants

  • Addresses community need, increases access for underserved people, and fosters cooperation with other organizations or agencies
  • Describe plan for project clearly and outline the planning process and completion goals
  • Provide a balanced budget with expenses clearly indicated and evidence of cash match, in-kind, and other funding sources
  • In-kind includes any goods or services that would have been purchased
  • Provide evidence of the fiscal responsibility of organization
  • Provide measurable outcomes for project
  • Prior grant final report submitted by deadline if the organization received funding for a previous project

600 South State Street, Belvidere, IL 61008

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