CommunityWorks Endowment

“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.

2021 CommunityWorks grant assistance total: $234,000


  • April 7, 2021 Online grant application portal opens
  • April 12, 2021 11 am CST Grant seekers briefing via Zoom
  • May 5, 2021 Application deadline and review process by grant committee begins
  • June 1, 2021 Grant recipients notified


  • In 2021, the CommunityWorks Fund grants will support two areas: workforce development and education in Macon County based on the belief that by improving these areas, we can directly impact the quality of life in our community. Within each area, we have identified focus points:
  • Workforce Development
    • Job retention and career advancement
    • Job creation
    • Access/transportation options to jobs
    • Adult literacy
  • Education
    • Increase access to quality, affordable education
    • Expanding availability of quality childcare facilities
    • Strengthening educational programs and management capacities


  • 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
  • We prioritize organizations that demonstrate a commitment to racial and economic equity


  • 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 do we consider when making 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 Tony Holly, Director of Strategic Grantmaking, at or by calling 217-429-3000.

The CommunityWorks Application is now open until May 5th 11:59 PM CST