Grants Information and Guidelines

We are glad to announce a new grants opportunity for rural applicants. One of the core strategies of Foreground Rural Initiative project (a three-year project that aims to support community building through strategic collaborations in rural communities across Illinois) is to partner with rural individuals and organizations through a combination of grantmaking, capacity building, and co-created programming. If you are working in a rural community in Illinois, this initiative might be of interest to you! (And if not, please forward this link to someone you know who is!)

Please reach out if you have questions. If your question is around the overall initiative, reach out to Fairouz AbuGhazaleh, at; if about grants, reach out to Mark Hallett at

images of cairns
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)

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