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Welcome to The Lumpkin Family Foundation

We seek to:
  •  • Contribute to positive change
  •  • Enrich our respective communities
  •  • Make a significant impact
  •  • Foster leadership and active involvement
  •  • Support education
  •  • Promote effective communication
  •  • Encourage environmental responsibility

Spring 2015 Grant Recipients Announced

The Lumpkin Family Foundation is pleased to announce recipients of its spring grantmaking cycle in East Central Illinois. The Lumpkin Family Foundation works toward a long term vision of holistically healthy communities captured by its new theme, Land, Health, Community.

Spring 2015 grant recipients include:

EIU Biological Sciences, Charleston: $22,000 to evaluate the potential of chestnuts and hazelnuts as sustainable crops in East Central Illinois by planting demonstration orchards at four schools for research and education.

Prairie Rivers Network, Champaign: $14,500 for on-farm demonstrations of harvestable biomass crops appropriate to marginable farmland.

Fit-2-Serve, Mattoon: $20,000 to expand gardening programs that provide job training for vulnerable populations, promote health, and engage innovative green practices to give greater security to families who struggle with food in Mattoon.

Edgar County Community Foundation, Paris: $3,750 to provide community gardens to the residents of Edgar County in partnership with local community organizations.

Illinois Environmental Council, Springfield: $24,000 to support the collecting of information to further sustainable agriculture policy work and increase the level of grassroots support for local food in East Central Illinois

Illinois Farmer's Market Association, Springfield: $6,500 to increase Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program check redemption by providing incentive funding to farmers market organizers to help create collaborative with local community partners and farmers.

University of Illinois Extension, Arthur: $3,650 to teach young people about gardening, healthy eating, and healthy living in Coles, Douglas, and Cumberland counties.

Experimental Station, Chicago: $5,000 to provide funding, training, technical support, and data collection tools at the Urbana Farmers Market in the implementation of Double Value Coupon Programs.

The Lumpkin Family Foundation will begin its fall grantmaking cycle in August and will start receiving Letters of Inquiry August 1. Click here to learn more.

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Latest News

Our Next Generation Education Fund process is now open! For more information, click here.

As part of our strategic planning in 2014, we engaged the community in research about the assets of our food system in the region.

Click here to read the resulting report, East Central Illinois: A Place to Grow, A Food System Asset Inventory.

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