Grants Information and Guidelines

One of the core strategies of Foreground Rural Initiative project – a three-year project that supports community building through strategic collaborations in rural communities across Illinois – is to partner with rural individuals and organizations through a combination of grant-making, capacity building, and co-created programming. If you are working in a rural community in Illinois, this initiative might be of interest to you!

GRANTS ANNOUNCEMENT POSTPONED: Final decisions on this first round of grants have been postponed. We’d aimed for Sept. 15th, but due to a strong response (84 applications), we will be getting back to applicants by early October. Thank you for your patience! 

Know someone who could benefit from this funding opportunity? Download and share this flyer!

Please reach out if you have questions. For questions about the Foreground Rural Initiative, contact Fairouz AbuGhazaleh at For questions about grant opportunities and support with your application, contact Mark Hallett at

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Left: A fountain-like cairn marks this boat landing in DeSoto County’s only public access to the Mississippi River; Right: The Blue Cairn at Tide Water Road, Boothville-Venice, Louisiana (photos by Joshua Rowan)