CommunityWorks Endowment Fund

“The overall purpose of CommunityWorks is to provide a coordinated, systems-based approach toward the achievement of community aspirations,” says CFMC Foundation President Natalie Beck. “This endowed fund provides grants to area organizations and institutions whose efforts further the vision of a sustainable community in select priority areas of workforce development, education and environmental sustainability.”

In 2005, The Community Foundation of Macon County was one of 18 initial community foundations selected to participate in the Illinois Communityworks Endowment program. The CFMC raised local dollars, which were matched by the Grand Victoria Foundation, to create an endowment for Macon County that is used in the areas of workforce development and childhood education initiatives.

2022 CommunityWorks Grant Assistance Total Funding Available: $200,000



2022 AVAILABLE FUNDING: $100,000; minimum grant $10,000

  • Increase access to quality, affordable education
  • Expand availability of quality childcare facilities
  • Strengthen educational programs and management capacities

Workforce Development

2022 AVAILABLE FUNDING: $50,000; minimum grant $5,000

  • Job retention and career advancement
  • Job creation
  • Access/transportation options to jobs
  • Adult literacy

Land Use/Protection Issues in Macon County

2022 AVAILABLE FUNDING: $50,000; minimum grant $5,000

  • Protection and restoration of natural lands and waterways
  • Development of clean renewable energy and prevention of pollution
  • Expansion/connection of preserved natural lands
  • Implementation of regional growth
  • Management and land use strategies that promote economic vitality and environmental health
  • Educating the public in the above issues

Timeline to Apply

  • Application portal opens Jan. 14, 2022.
  • Application portal closes Feb. 18, 2022.
  • Grant awards announced March 29, 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Organization must have 501(c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service or be a qualified charitable, religious or government organization
  • Organization must be located in Macon County, Illinois
  • Organizations demonstrating a commitment to racial and economic equity are prioritized


  • Provide evidence of sound management and administration
  • Document capacity to mobilize resources, including financial support, in-kind support, partnerships and volunteers to sustain programs where appropriate
  • Demonstrate organizational expertise in delivering quality programs and services

What else is considered in the funding decisions?

  • Commitment to racial equity and economic inclusion
  • The evaluation process may include an on-site visits by Foundation representatives
  • Executive leadership, board and staff are representative of communities the organization serves
  • The visibility and impact of the project should be apparent

Needs and impact

  • Provide evidence of planning to address community needs
  • Include a statement regarding projected outcomes as result of the grant

More information

Questions about the CommunityWorks competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to CFMC Director of Strategic Grantmaking Tony Holly at or by calling 217.429.3000.