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Spring Grants Round Open Feb. 1-28
IPCF is accepting applications for grants in three categories from February 1-28. Interested applicants may find information about the grants on IPCF's website  along with links to the online applications.

The Community Foundation expects to grant out more than $145 ,000 during this grant round. These grants provide support to local programs that benefit local residents. General Grants fund programs for education, environment, health and wellness, and youth. Mirza/IPCF Arts Grants fund programs for the performing or visual arts, music education, and/or arts education and enrichment. Shulman Grants focus on Jewish-themed educational, arts and cultural enrichment programs open to all.

The David and Kay Williams Music Education Grant is in its third year of awarding money. The grant seeks to support programs that use innovative technology to provide creative music experiences for K-12 students, regardless of their music training, using a combination of traditional instruments and music technology. Programs interested in applying for a Williams Music Education Grant will use the Mirza/Arts & Culture Grant online application.

Funding for these grants comes from endowments held at IPCF, designated gifts and donors to the Annual Campaign.  For additional information and questions, grant seekers may contact Michele Evans at  309-662-4477.
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SECURE Act Brings Changes
In December, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (SECURE Act) was among several pieces of legislation signed into law as part of a congressional appropriations bill. The Act seeks to improve our current retirement savings policy by implementing several new rules to encourage Americans to either begin saving for retirement or add to established plans. However, the Act has a number of implications of which investors, advisors, and charitable gift planners should be aware. Read More
Women to Women, YEP Grant Recipients
Eleven local nonprofit programs have been awarded a total of $37,161 in grants thanks to the Women to Women Giving Circle and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) at IPCF.

The Women to Women Giving Circle seeks to improve the lives of women and children in Central Illinois and focused its grants for 2020 on programs that develop the potential in girls from birth to third grade in our community and their support networks (families, teachers and caregivers). In addition, the Women to Women grant required applicants to collaborate with another organization on a 
program addressing the focus.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants were selected by 18 area high school students for youth-focused programs with priority given to organizations that include youth in the application process. Read More
You're Invited to YEP Grants Celebration
Seven years ago, IPCF launched Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) - a group of high school students from our four counties with an annual philanthropic grant budget of $10,000 to  support local youth-focused initiatives.

YEP recently completed its seventh annual grant cycle providing grants to six youth-focused programs. The recipients will be recognized at a YEP Grant Celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, at Special Olympics Illinois (605 E. Willow St., Normal). Please RSVP by emailing YEP by Feb. 9. View invitation
Our Impact in the Community
Our grant recipient programs and fiscal sponsorship funds remain active at this time of the year.  Read more about one to see the impact we're having in the community:
Recently Added Funds
This fund was recently opened at IPCF:
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation  |  309-662-4477  |  www.ilprairiecf.org