CFNIL has operated a neighborhood grants program since 1995, distributing more than $719,000 to build better neighborhoods in Rockford and beyond. This is the fourth 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 Neighborhood Grant committee for 2020 received 29 submissions for funding and awarded 11 grants this year. The funded organizations include Jeremiah Development (Coronado Haskell Neighborhood), Project 1013 (Zion West Neighborhood), Starlight Theatre (Fairground Drama Camp), Washington Park Community Center, Winnebago Historical Society, Churchill Grove (Veteran’s Circle), Rock House Kids, Loves Park Pulse (Oak Crest Neighborhood Association), Ethnic Village Neighborhood, Second/First Church, and SOAR Assembly (Salter Ave clean-up). Thank you to all who applied and who are working to improve their neighborhoods!