Annual Microgrants Awarded to Area Nonprofit Organizations

The Community Foundation of Macon County recently awarded microgrant funding for 8 area nonprofits to facilitate capacity building for their organizations.

Area nonprofit organizational grants ranged from $500 to $1,500 and were awarded to the following organizations: CASA, Decatur Area Arts Council, Decatur Day Care, Decatur Family YMCA, Decatur Parks Foundation, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, Heritage Behavioral Health Center and MRI.

Since 2010, the Community Foundation has partnered with the Lumpkin Family Foundation to provide funding for professional development for nonprofits, often with very few staff members whose budget cannot expand to include educational opportunities. This funding – more than $70,000 to date – has allowed nonprofit staff and board members to attend national and regional meetings, trainings and conferences, bring in consultants and become acquainted with peers in their fields.

Established in 2000, the Community Foundation of Macon County stewards more than 300 funds and its total assets have grown to over $39 million today. In 2018, the Community Foundation distributed over $3.6 million to nonprofit organizations providing vital service and enrichment to resident living in Macon County. For more information about the Community Foundation of Macon County, visit our website at

Photo identification: Left to right:

Stacey LaFeber, Fund Development Professional, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois; Julia Livingston, Executive Director, CASA; Jill Applebee, Director, Decatur Parks Foundation; Jerry Johnson, Executive Director, Decatur Area Arts Council; Abby Helm, Director of Development & Membership, Decatur Family YMCA; Janice Baldwin, Executive Director, Decatur Day Care; Rachel Barter, Public Relations and Development Manager, MRI; and Leslie Risby, Marketing & Communications Director, Heritage Behavioral Health Center.