Neighborhood Grants

CFNIL has operated a neighborhood grants program since 1995, distributing more than $748,000 to build better neighborhoods in Rockford and beyond. This is the fifth year the two organizations are collaborating in order to expand the opportunity to the four-county region. The Neighborhood Grants Program funds neighborhood projects, including but not limited to beautification, crime prevention, surveys, clean ups, newsletters, organizing, reforestation and resident-focused education. The maximum award from the Neighborhood Grants Program is $2,500. HomeStart has helped to administer the funds since 2016 and will continue to support all groups in their projects moving forward.

The funding for 2021 has been awarded, and you can read about the recipients by clicking here. If you have any questions about the grant, please call Janessa at 815-962-2011.


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Creating choice in housing, community in neighborhoods, and empowerment in personal finance throughout northern Illinois.

Looking for Rental Assistance?

Several agencies registered with the Illinois Department of Human Services can help. To find a provider working in your county, click here.

Starting at 9:00am on September 15, 2021, there will be an open application for rent assistance for anyone who is in a court eviction proceeding and can provide eviction court documentation. To apply to this program, click here. If you need assistance with uploading your documents for this application, call our office at 815-962-2011 and we can help. For more information on who qualifies and what documentation is needed, go to

If you need assistance with rental counseling, call one of our offices:  815-962-2011 (Rockford) or 815-232-6187 (Freeport).