Accepting Neighborhood Grant Applications Now Through April 3

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) and NW HomeStart are accepting applications for the Neighborhood Grants Program until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3. The Neighborhood Grants Program is available to neighborhood-based groups and nonprofit organizations operating in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.

CFNIL has operated a neighborhood grants program since 1995, distributing more than $657,000 to build better neighborhoods in Rockford and beyond. This is the second 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. Recipients will be announced in May 2017.

Applications must be submitted through CFNIL’s Web Portal ( from now until April 3, 2017. HomeStart administers the Neighborhood Grants Program, including awarding the grant funds. To learn more about the application, grant guidelines, and how to apply, visit:

Last year’s recipients included: Andrews Park Neighborhood Association, Church School Neighborhood Association, Coronado Haskell Neighborhood Association, Haight Village National Register Historic District, Jeremiah Development, Lewis Lemon Neighborhood Association, North End Square Neighborhood Association, Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity, Signal Hill Neighborhood Association, West Gateway Coalition, and Zion West Neighborhood Association.

About NW HomeStart

In January 2013, Neighborhood Housing Services of Freeport (NHS) and Rockford Area Affordable Housing Coalition (RAAHC) merged to form HomeStart. Serving ten counties in Northern Illinois, HomeStart works in partnership with residents, local elected officials, and business leaders to strengthen communities within the Northern Illinois region. HomeStart is a HUD-approved housing counseling organization and chartered-member of NeighborWorks® America, a nationwide network of nearly 235 trained and certified community development organizations at work in nearly 3,000 communities across America.

About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois

The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois has been a regional leader in philanthropy since 1953. CFNIL serves as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the needs of Northern Illinois. Visit CFNIL at

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