To be eligible to apply for funding from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, an applicant must be a:
- 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
- Religious organization, unit of government, or public university/college
The proposals must describe charitable activities that primarily, but not exclusively, benefit the residents of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, or Winnebago Counties. Proposals requesting more than $75,000 will be evaluated for their alignment with Education Works.
- Fund expenses that are directly related to the design and implementation of a proposal. Income and expenses related to the proposal must be itemized using CFNIL’s Budget Template: cfnil.org/grants/budget.
- Fund the purchase and installation of capital assets (i.e., assets that have a useful life greater than one year and which will be depreciated on the applicant’s books) to the extent that they support a proposal’s activity.
- Fund wages for staff or contractors to the extent that the request is appropriate to the proposal’s scope and implementation.
- Fund indirect costs to the extent that they are identifiable and allocable to a proposed project, program, or event. Indirect costs may not exceed 15% of a total proposal budget. Examples of indirect expenses include: accounting, audit, business, and legal fees; computer network costs; depreciation; insurance; rent; telephone; and utilities.
CFNIL will not fund proposals requesting funding for general operations; budget deficits; individuals; for-profit organizations; partisan political activities; or proposals that discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national/ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran’s status, disability, or any other factor prohibited by applicable law.