Community Foundation of Central Illinois announces new grant opportunities

(July 24, 2017) The Community Foundation of Central Illinois is pleased to announce two new funds created by community advocates John and Sharon Amdall – the Local Jobs Fund and the Arts Mean Business Fund.

The Local Jobs Fund is designed to equip individuals with the necessary skills to earn a living wage by focusing on jobs that are not easily sent overseas or displaced by technology. Examples of specific projects that may be funded are career centers for area educational institutions, programs that teach students how to work with their hands, collaborating with local businesses and skilled trades groups to increase career opportunities for graduates, and repairing or purchasing the necessary equipment to support qualifying programs.

The Arts Mean Business Fund will help generate economic growth through arts tourism, new arts-related businesses, integrating the arts into urban planning, and expanding current community arts programs.
The fund was created as a vehicle for individuals who share the Amdall’s dream of making Central Illinois a more attractive location to residents and visitors who love the arts.

“John and Sharon have planted an important seed with these two funds,” says Mark Roberts, CEO of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois. “Their generosity has created exciting new opportunities for growth throughout the region. Anyone who has a passion for creating jobs or developing the arts can help us make an impact right here at home.”

Proposals for both new funds may be submitted through September 6, 2017 by visiting the “For Grant Seekers” section at Established in 1985, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois is a philanthropic resource committed to connecting people who care with causes that matter. For more information please call 309-674-8730 or

Want to know more? Visit our website. For questions regarding the program, contact Kim
James at 309.674.873 or