Over the next three years, the Impact100 Grant Program will contribute $300,000 in community grants to not-for-profit organizations in Macon County.

The Community Foundation provides leadership and resources to help achieve positive change, representing the work of many hearts and hands spanning years of dedication to Macon County.

It is through this work and spirit of generosity the Impact100 Grant program was created. Each year, the Impact100 program provides $100,000 in transformational Macon County community grants. The 2020 funding priority is senior services within Macon County.

2020 Program Details

Application will open July 1.

2020 Funding Focus

Through the Impact100 Grant Program, The Community Foundation of Macon County aims to build community capacity and support individual and community well-being. The 2020 funding focus will be senior services within Macon County.


Preference in funding is given to programs and services that have a direct impact on the lives of older adults 55+. The hosting organization/agency must be located in and have a governing board in Macon County.

Individual agency awards up to $10,000. The maximum amount of grant funding available this cycle is $100,000.


  • Have 501(c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • An organization must have been in existence for at least two years (based on the date of IRS determination letter) and have achieved a record of effective service and sustainability.
  • Provide programs and services for older adults age 55+ and/or caregivers in Macon County, Illinois.

Funding Target

  • Projects and programs that support wellness and exercise activities to encourage better health for older adults.
  • Projects and programs that provide positive social and recreational opportunities for older adults, including opportunities to participate in community programs.
  • Projects and programs focused on aiding seniors such as enhancing food security, enabling seniors to remain independent in their home, providing ancillary medical services, providing caregiving support, providing transportation services.
  • Innovative projects offering creative solutions without duplicating other efforts and/or support for gaps in existing programs.


  • Provide evidence of sound management and administration.
  • Clearly describe the program or project and articulate how grant funds will be used to service older adults 55+, including those at risk.
  • 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.

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 competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to Brittani Garner, Director of Programs and Scholarships, with The Community Foundation of Macon County at 217-429-3000 or

2019 Program Details

In 2019, The Community Foundation of Macon County awarded eleven grants to Macon County Organizations through the Impact100 Grant Program. The funding priority for the 2019 grant cycle was education and youth programs serving adolescents, ages birth through 18. Eligibility included but was not limited to:

  • Expanding educational opportunities, fostering creativity, and enhancing academic experiences for youth in Macon County
  • Promoting opportunities for youth service, leadership, and development.
  • Supporting programs working with disadvantaged youth and families
  • Providing training and support for educators/providers/families

The recipients of the 2019 Impact100 Grants were notified of their award by June 30 and all grantees were visited by Community Foundation Staff and Board Members to learn more on the impact the organizations have on the citizens of Macon County. The Community Foundation hopes that this program will continue beyond the initial three years, and other donors will contribute to help it grow.

2019 Award Winners

  • Decatur Junior Football League - $10,000
  • Chess Team South Shores Elementary - $10,000
  • Mt. Zion Braves Social and Emotional Learning Project - $10,000
  • Sangamon Valley Post-Secondary Education Initiative -$10,000
  • STARR (School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding) -$10,000
  • Experience ART: Field Trips -$5,000
  • Head Start STEM Labs -$10,000
  • Eisenhower High School Band Instruments -$10,000
  • Enhancing Workplace Learning Experiences for High School Students -$10,000
  • Kids Club of Decatur -$5,000
  • TECH Go Camp -$10,000

Impact100 Grant Program

If you'd like to donate to the Impact100 Grant Program, you can donate online!