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The Lumpkin Family Fund Program

The Lumpkin Family Fund makes grants to organizations working in East Central Illinois toward long term improvements in the following mission areas:
  • Environmental Health;
  • Preventative (human) Health;
  • Education and Community Access to the Arts; and,
  • Civic Engagement and Community/Nonprofit Organizational Leadership.
This is The Foundation’s largest program, reflecting the Lumpkin family's historic connection and commitment to the community. The Lumpkin Family Foundation is committed to spending a minimum of 50 percent of its annual grant-making budget on projects in Central Illinois.

Geographic Areas Of Interest

Generally, we will give priority to organizations working in Coles and the surrounding Illinois counties. However, we encourage inquiries from organizations outside of the area for work that supports one of our mission areas. (e.g. Illinois state-wide projects or policy development).

Focus Of Support

We will accept applications from organizations working in the above mission areas for grants that:
  • Support the creativity of nonprofit organizations by seeding new projects and encouraging experimentation and innovation;
  • Support organizations demonstrating outstanding leadership in their field or community;
  • Promote the effectiveness of organizations and the nonprofit sector by supporting planning, learning and the professional development of staff and board leaders;
  • Facilitate collaboration across traditional organization or sector boundaries for community benefit; and,
  • Develop public understanding of issues and promote philanthropic support necessary to address issues of community importance.
Examples of past grantees that fit current guidelines:
  • Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Springfield, $12,500 for a summer concert in Mattoon, in collaboration with the Mattoon Arts Council, featuring music inspired by the prairie, agriculture, and Americana.
  • 40 North/88 West,Champaign, $5,000 to coordinate, administer and implement the Champaign Arts After-School Partnership, an after school arts program for students at Edison Middle School in Champaign.
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Springfield, $15,000 for the Farm-to-Restaurant and Beyond in Central Illinois project to increase direct farm to restaurant sales by utilizing existing tools and resources and developing new resources to connect farms to restaurants.
  • Lake Land College, Mattoon, $25,000 to construct a learning lab in “ZEB Hall,” a net-Zero Energy Building where students pursuing fields of study in sustainable energy can have hands-on, real-world experience.
  • Faith In Place, Champaign, $20,000 to connect faith congregations in Central Illinois to a growing movement of people of faith involved in environmental efforts.
  • Girls on the Run, Mattoon, $5,000 to educate participants about self awareness and identity, the importance of health and fitness, the treatment and portrayal of women by the media, and the negative personal and social effects of peer pressure, gossiping, and bullying. 

Program Timetable

The 2014 timetable for proposals to the Lumpkin Family Fund program is as follows:

2014 Single Cycle: Letters of Inquiry due August 29 (not before August 1); Applications invited by September 12; Applications due October 10; Grant decisions made by November 7. For more information about our Grant Cycle, click here.

Lumpkin Family Fund program deadlines are also noted in our calendar.

Please direct inquiries on The Family Fund to:

Bruce Karmazin, Executive Director


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