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Boone County Community Foundation Grants

The Boone County Community Foundation invites charitable organizations in Boone County to apply for a community grant funded by the Melvin & Mildred Banks Grant Fund and the Wilbur & William Cummings Grant Fund.

Melvin & Mildred Banks Grant Fund

The Banks farmed and ran numerous businesses in Boone County their entire lives.  Melvin & Mildred were both active and supportive community members.  They have graciously endowed an unrestricted fund for Boone County non-profit organizations.

Wilbur & William Cummings Grant Fund

Wilbur and William Cummings were lifelong residents of Boone County. Pursuant to their interests, a grant program was established that enhances the Boone County community. The majority of the proceeds are available for the Boone County Fair Association and the Boone County Historical Society. The balance is reserved for at-large community purposes.



Grant Application Process Opens August 1

Closes/Deadline – September 15

Projects to be completed the year following application

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

• Be a not-for-profit organization or public sector service organization that carries out charitable projects and/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 


Grant Application Process

Our community grant program accepts applications starting August 1. All applications must be completed and turned in by September 15. 

1. Applying online for 2023 Community Grants.   All applications will be created on our portal system.  Prior to filling out and submitting an application, if your organization received funding in any previous year, you must complete a final report or progress report.  If you did not apply for a grant in 2022, you will need to create a username login and password.  If you applied for a grant last year, you may login to the portal using your username and password that you have already created.  Everything that is required in the application is listed on the checklist below and built into the portal.  You may save and come back to your application.  Please don’t hesitate to contact our office (815) 544-7231 with any questions or concerns you may encounter.  

Grant Application Checklist

1. Completed Grant Application Form

2. Narrative (online version is built into the application)

  • 500 words or less, no smaller than 10pt type.
  • Describe the impact your project/program will have on Boone County and its residents.
  • Briefly describe history, mission, goals, and organization’s structure.
  • Project/Program description, uniqueness.
  • Goals and plans for fulfilling the project/program
  • Proposed measurable outcomes.
  • Evaluation process with any data to be gathered.
  • Any collaborating organization in the project/program.
  • Alternative and other funding sources.
  • Plans on adapting project, based on funding.

3. Proposed Budget for Project/Program
4. Proof of Non-Profit Status
5. One-page total budget summary of the current fiscal year for the organization
6. One-page resume of any contracted individuals and project/program director if applicable
7. Current list of Board of Directors
8. 1-3 examples of publication, brochures, promotional materials for the organization

Final Report & Budget
A final report and budget must be filled out within 30 days of the completion of the project/program. A progress report on the previous year’s grant must be given to the Foundation if that project is not completed before the current grant deadline.

Welcome to our grant application portal! You may enter the portal via the button below. If you filled out a grant request for grant cycle 2021 last year, you may use your user login and password that have already been established. If this is your first time using the portal, you will need to create both. You will also use this button to access the final report. A final report for any grant funding received must be completed and turned in prior to applying for current grant cycle. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. You may call our office at 815-544-7231.

600 South State Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
(p) 815-544-7231
(f) 815-544-7221

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