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John & Sharon Amdall

In 2017, the Community Foundation of Central Illinois was 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.

Click here to learn more about The Local Jobs Fund and The Arts Mean Business Fund Grants



Click here to read Peoria Magazines’ featured article about John & Sharon Amdall in the July 2018 edition of iBi written by Jim Burwitz.



Click here to read Peoria Magazines’ featured article about CFCI in the May 2018 edition of iBi written by Jim Burwitz.


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