$375,000 in Grants for Non-Profits Helping Feed & House Families During the Coronavirus Emergency

State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) is joining the state treasurer’s office in reminding non-profit organizations that there is a grant program through the Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund which assists small non-profits with annual budgets of $1 million or less designed to help provide food and housing assistance. The grant program will begin taking applications beginning on July 1.

“Many people and groups help others out of the goodness of their hearts and never expect anything in return,” said Rep. Bailey. “But with so many across Illinois struggling during the COVID-19 emergency, this grant may be a welcome help to some of the charities in our area. I encourage them to learn more and apply if they qualify.”

For this grant cycle, $375,000 is available to be split between 30 non-profits. The maximum award amount is $12,500 for each organization. The money comes from filing fees non-profits pay when incorporating in the state of Illinois, not personal or property tax dollars.

In each area, the Charitable Trust Board will consider a range of programs such as but not limited to the following:

Food Programs:                                                     

  • Food Pantries                                                  
  • Supplemental School Feeding Programs           
  • Summer Feeding Programs                                          
  • SNAP Outreach                                               
  • Farmer’s Market SNAP expansion                     
  • Access to fresh produce                                               
  • Meal Deliveries                                                

Housing Programs:

* Short Term Housing and Supportive Services

* Emergency Financial Support to prevent

* Homelessness

* Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

* Affordable Housing Advocacy/Construction/Rehabilitation

* Accessibility in Housing

* Fair Housing Counseling/Education

* Renters Rights

* Home ownership counselling

The upcoming application period runs from July 1 to September 30, 2020.  Visit ilcharitabletrust.com to complete an application online or contact the treasurer’s office at (217) 836-4590.