CFCI Grant Opportunities
CFCI fall grant applications are open! This includes the Community Needs, Women’s Fund, and Local Jobs Fund. Grants will be made to organizations with programs serving individuals within a 50 mile radius surrounding the city of Peoria, IL excluding Knox and McLean County.

Community Needs Grants are open to organizations offering programs that align with the Grantmaking Principles and Elements CFCI supports, including community development, capacity building, or education. Community Needs Grants are made possible by field of interest and unrestricted funds.  Organizations can apply for up to $15,000.

***PLEASE NOTE: The Community Needs grant program does not fund food related projects. Food related projects are funded through the Ending Hunger Together Grants program.***
Women's Fund Success Grants are open to organizations whose programs help empower women and girls.  Organizations can apply for up to $5,000.
The Local Jobs Fund grant is open to support 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.  Organizations can apply for up to $2,500.

Applications and grant guidelines can be found here.

All applications are due Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 at 5:00pm. 
CFCI Welcomes Fall Intern
We are excited to introduce our CFCI fall intern, Emily Winkle!

Emily is a graduate student at Bradley University working towards her Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership. She will be working with CFCI to complete her field experience prior to graduation this winter!

Welcome to the team, Emily!
The winner of the 2022 Emerging Philanthropists Fund Grant is...
Congratulations to Foster Village Peoria on being selected as the winner of the 2022 Emerging Philanthropists Fund Grant!

The votes are in! Foster Village Peoria will receive $4,000 for their Resource Closet program. The Resource Closet provides welcome bags for foster children when they come into care or return home. Each bag includes 3 new sets of clothes, toiletries, a blanket, and a journal or stuffed animal. The Resource Closet also supplies specially requested larger items, such as car seats and cribs. There are currently no other programs filling this need in the Peoria community.

If you would like to donate items to the Foster Village Peoria Resource Closet, please visit their website for a list of items needed. You can also donate via their Amazon Wishlist!

CFCI by the Numbers: FY 21/22
Meet the New Women's Fund
Advisory Board Members
Shelly Kerker is an Account Planner at Simantel, where she supports her clients' strategy needs and manages their marketing projects. Born and raised in central Illinois, she lives in Chillicothe with her husband, Nick and two kids, Ada and Charlie. Shelly is a graduate of Illinois State University with a BA in English. She wants her kids to know the importance of serving our community and especially women and girls in the community. When Shelly isn't working or trying to keep up with her family, she sits on the Pearce Community Center Foundation Board, volunteers at St. Philomena Church, and serves on Simantel's DEI committee.
Bernice Gordon-Young is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) at the Peoria County Jail, where she counsels detainees in individual and group settings, de-escalates crisis situations, and collaborates supportive services upon release. She began her counseling career in 1994 working with children and their families, and simultaneously worked for the Peoria Police Department as a 911 dispatcher for nearly 20 years, which inspired her desire to have a more direct influence on the citizens of Peoria and surrounding counties. Bernice is the owner of SMART Recovery Intervention Counseling Center. She is also the Founder and CEO of It Takes a Village of Peoria (ITAV), a nonprofit organization aimed at supporting area citizens by providing basic needs at no cost in schools and the community. Bernice is a graduate of Manual High School. She earned her B.A. in Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. She is a doctoral candidate at Walden University and will earn her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with a specialization in Forensic Mental Health in 2022. Bernice serves on several Boards, including Central Illinois Friends, Central Illinois Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, and the Health & Human Services Subcommittee of the Joint Commission on Racial Justice and Equity. She has received numerous awards, including WEEK 25 Women in Leadership. 
Peoria Magazines 40 Leaders Under Forty Nominations Due August 31
Nominate a leader today! Nominations for the 29th annual class of Peoria Magazines' 40 Leaders Under Forty will be accepted throughout the month of August.

40 Leaders Under Forty is an annual celebration of emerging leaders in Greater Peoria. Through nominations submitted by the community, the region's rising young stars are honored each year at a prestigious community reception. Nominations must be received by 4:30pm on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Late nominations will not be accepted. The 2022 award ceremony will take place on October 27, 2022. Click here to submit your nomination online, or to download the PDF form for printing and mailing.
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