Community Connection

January 2024

Winter Greetings from Your Community Foundation!

Although January may not have brought much sunshine, brighter days are ahead as CFCI gears up for another spring grant and scholarship cycle. We invite all our valued subscribers to spread the word about our upcoming funding opportunities and reach out to us with any questions. As we navigate the winter chill, we eagerly anticipate collaborating with our fund holders, board members, volunteers, and community partners to make 2024 the best year yet. Stay warm, and let's make a positive impact together!

-Mark, Jeanette, Michelle, Sarah and Andrea

2024 Scholarship Opportunities

Applications Due March 6!

Did you know CFCI awarded over $390,000 in scholarships in 2023 to enhance the lives of more than 100 students living within our 50-mile service area? Eligible students are encouraged to apply for available scholarships at the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. Through ongoing donor generosity, over 50 scholarship funds exist.


Scholarship Spotlight

Dr. Valentine Jobst III Educational Fund Scholarship

The scholarship fund was established by Dr. Valentine Jobst III, whose family arrived in Peoria, Illinois in 1859. His grandfather and father founded the V. Jobst and Sons Construction Company which constructed many familiar buildings around the city, including Peoria High School (pictured left).

Successful applicants must be pursuing vocational or technical education at an accredited not-for-profit institution. This would include technical related certificates or degrees such as but not limited to: Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts Management, Computer Programming and Database Development, CNC Machine Operator, Dental Hygienist, Diesel Powered Equipment Technology, HVAC Technician, etc. A minimum of $3,000 will be awarded for each scholarships; up to 6 scholarships available.

Selection Criteria:

1. Motivation to accomplish career goals.

2. Potential for scholarship, citizenship and leadership are taken into consideration.

3. Financial need is only a consideration when other factors weigh equally among applicants.


1. Applicant must reside and be a current senior or a graduate of a City of Peoria, IL high school.

2. Applicant must be pursuing an education at a technical or vocational school. Students pursuing educational or technical educations through a community or junior college are eligible for consideration.

Required Materials:

1. Completed application.

2. High School or College/University Transcripts.

3. Two (2) Online Letters of Recommendation – teacher and non-relative adult (obtain email addresses for each). 4. Essay

Application Deadline – Wednesday, March 6, 2024

This scholarship is part of our Universal Application. Click here to apply

2024 Spring Funding Opportunities

Applications available and maximum award amounts are as follows:

  • Community Arts Grants-$10,000
  • The Arts Mean Business Fund Grants-$25,000
  • Jean M. Ligon Animal Welfare Grants-$5,000
  • Ackerman Family Learn to Swim Fund Grants-$5,000

Emerging Philanthropists Fund

Introducing the new chair of the Emerging Philanthropists Fund (EPF), Jennifer Weaver, CPA. Jennifer holds the position of Tax Senior Manager at RSM US LLP and has been a valuable member of the EPF for several years.

Jennifer states, "I love being part of the Emerging Philanthropists Fund because I can see how my donation is put to work in the community. Fund members can be involved throughout the entire grant process, and it is empowering to have a vote to decide which local nonprofit will be awarded our grant."

For more information about the Emerging Philanthropists Fund and how to join, click here. Follow Emerging Philanthropists Fund on Facebook and Instagram!

Women's Fund-Upcoming Events

Giving Through CFCI Starts With You!

Everyone loves a good infographic, and this one perfectly explains the purpose of a community foundation.

*Infographic: Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region, Appleton, WI.

Community Foundation Of Central Illinois

3625 North Sheridan Road

Peoria, IL 61604


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