For Immediate Release


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Carley Allensworth,

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Community Foundation of Central Illinois Awards Over $290,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits to Support Community Needs

Peoria, IL — October 13, 2022 — The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) recently awarded over $290,000 through the Community Needs, Local Jobs Fund, and Women’s Fund Success grants to local nonprofit organizations providing vital programs and services to the central Illinois community.


For over 35 years, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois has remained committed to the mission of “connecting people who care with causes that matter.” The Community Needs grants support community development, capacity building, and educational programs and allow nonprofit agencies to apply for up to $15,000 in funding. The Local Jobs Fund grant supports projects that have a direct linkage to breaking the cycle of poverty by equipping people with the skills to earn significantly more than minimum wage and allows nonprofit agencies to apply for $3,000 in funding. The Women’s Fund Success grants support organizations whose programs help empower women and girls and allow nonprofit agencies to apply for up to $5,000 in funding.


“Behind these grant awards are dedicated nonprofit professionals who work incredibly hard every day to meet specific needs in our community. We couldn’t be prouder to assist them and support the outstanding programs that truly strengthen the central Illinois area. This would not be possible without the generous donors who have created funds through CFCI. Through grantmaking, we’re able to ensure a lasting legacy for funders who have made a commitment to maintaining positive growth and stability of our nonprofit community,” says Mark Roberts, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.


Organizations funded include:

Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois, EP!C, Hult Center for Healthy Living, Dream Center Peoria, Heart of Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters, Adult & Teen Challenge of the Greater Midwest, Center for Prevention of Abuse, Freedom House, ART Inc., Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank, Public Interest Law Initiative, LifeLine Pilots, Neighborhood House, Tazewell County Health Department, The Autism Collective, Peoria Friendship House, George Washington Carver Association, Minority Business Development Center, Prairie State Legal Services, FamilyCore, Peoria Public Schools Foundation, Easterseals Central Illinois, Camp Big Sky, Phoenix Community Development Services, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, The Christian Center, HVCDC/Jobs Partnership, and Crittenton Centers. 

A reception will be held on Thursday, October 27, at 10:00 a.m. to recognize these deserving nonprofit organizations and shed light on the remarkable work they do in the community. For the full list of grant recipients and amounts awarded, visit or scan the QR code below.  

About the Community Foundation of Central Illinois

Established in 1985, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois is a philanthropic resource committed to connecting people who care with causes that matter. For more information, please call 309-674-8730, email or visit

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