Community Foundation of Northern Illinois Announces Largest Grant Cycle in 63 Year History

Northern Illinois — The  (CFNIL) announced last week the largest single Community Grants cycle in their 63-year history will distribute up to $1.12 million to 54 local projects, programs, and events from the fall 2016 cycle.

CFNIL says the Fall 2016 cycle contains the single largest grant made through the program, a one-year $188,622 grant to the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford for its Growing the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals project.

Additionally, Oregon CUSD 220 received a $106,686 grant to build a state-of-the-art welding lab at Oregon High School. The lab will provide valuable experience in welding and manufacturing technology to Oregon High School students, Highland Community College students, and current professionals in need of ongoing training. Ogle County has a significant and growing need for welders and fabricators.

CFNIL also announced the grants will fund a Rockford Park District exhibit by an internationally-renowned artist, a deeply collaborative after-school program in Rochelle, hearing aids for under-insured seniors, scores of meals for our hungry neighbors, a beautification and revitalization effort in downtown Rockford, and an initiative to swap volunteer hours for YMCA of Rock River Valley memberships for local teens.

To explore an interactive map of all the grants made from Fall 2016, visit

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) is pleased to announce the largest single Community Grants cycle…

Posted by Community Foundation of Northern Illinois on Thursday, December 22, 2016


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