Commonly Asked Questions

Does our organization qualify for your grant cycle?

If your organization has a Federal IRS tax-exempt letter proving that the organization is a not-for-profit organization, then the organization qualifies. State/county/local government agencies are also eligible with their tax exempt status letter.

Your organization must be able to demonstrate that services are provided to those who live within the CFCI service area (within a 50-mile radius of the city of Peoria, IL).

Does my project qualify?

If the organization is a not-for-profit and the project meets one or more of the objectives that CFCI strives to meet in funding (located on the grant guidelines, posted on the website here) then your project is a good fit for our competitive grant process.

Please note: CFCI does not fund: 1) Annual campaigns, 2) individuals, 3) endowments, 4) grants made for sectarian religious purposes unless the religious organization or church requests funds to serve people beyond their membership.

How much money should we request in our proposal?

Your organization may request up to $15,000. CFCI typically gives much smaller grants, however. Usually in the $5,000 range

What is a Federal IRS tax exempt letter?

The IRS Federal tax exempt letter proves that your organization is functioning as a 501(c)(3) organization with non-profit status. This letter also documents the organization’s Employer Identification Number (EIN).

I cannot find the Federal IRS tax exempt letter, what should I do?

If you are unable to find this letter and need proof of non-profit status, please go to the Illinois Secretary of State’s website to obtain a certificate. Follow this link, enter the name of your organization, and click submit.

A certificate that indicates your non-profit status and good standing will appear. This may be used in lieu of an official IRS tax exempt letter.

When will we know if we receive the grant or not?

The CFCI will notify your organization by mail within 60 days of the grant proposal due date.