Community Engagement Grant


The Community Foundation of Macon County is happy to announce the recipients of the 2019 Community Engagement Grant Awards. $100,000 was awarded in $5,000 and $10,000 increments to the following community programs:


$10,000 – Decatur Junior Football League

$10,000 – South Shores Superstars Chess Club

$10,000 – Mt. Zion School District SEL Project

$10,000 – Sangamon Valley Post-Secondary Education Initiative

$10,000 – (STARR) School for Therapeutic and Recreational Riding

$10,000 – Eisenhower High School Bands

$10,000 – Head Start STEM Lab

$10,000 – Richland Community College TECH Go Camp

$10,000 – Heartland Technical Academy

$5, 000 – Decatur Area Arts Council

$5,000 – Kids Club of Decatur

The funding priority for the 2019 grant cycle was education and youth programs serving adolescents, ages birth through 18. The Community Engagement Grant Program was funded by an anonymous donor with a lead gift of $300,000. The Community Foundation of Macon County expresses deep gratitude to our anonymous donor who made this new grant program possible in hopes of building community capacity and supporting individual well-being.

Questions about the competitive grant cycle and application process should be directed to Natalie Beck, President of The Community Foundation of Macon County at or 217-429-3000.