Neighborhood Grants Program now accepting 2020 applications

Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 6:54 PM CST
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NW HomeStart and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) are accepting applications for the Neighborhood Grants Program until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1.

Janessa Wilkins from HomeStart in Rockford hopes neighborhood groups who have ideas on how to spruce up their community apply for a grant to support projects that will help them do so.

"We've had things for beautification projects, neighborhood cleanups, and we've had emergency lighting put up in some of the buildings,” said Wilkins.

This program is available to neighborhood-based groups and nonprofit organizations operating in Boone, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties.

"So, if you live in these areas and you are part of a neighborhood association or any type of 501-(C)(3). We definitely encourage you to apply. Organizations could be awarded up to $2,500 per project.” said Wilkins.

The grant money has made a lot of improvements throughout the region. Thirteen organizations received a grant last year. Some included roof replacements and a bench for the Winnebago Community Historical Society, and new signage for Parker Woods Community Association and Ken-Rock Community Center.

"We are really seeing neighborhoods start to feel like this is a place that I love. Now, I get to show other people that this is a place that is worthy and lovable, and a place that they may want to live to,” said Jennifer Smith, from CFNIL.

"We are here to provide you with the resources that you need in order to take your neighborhood and organizations to the next level,” said Wilkins.

Applications must be submitted through CFNIL’s Web Portal ( To learn more about the application, grant guidelines, and how to apply, visit:

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