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The Lumpkin Family Fund

The Lumpkin Family Fund, The Foundation’s primary and largest grantmaking program, reflects the Lumpkin family's historic connection and commitment to the community.  A minimum of 50 percent of its annual grantmaking budget is spent on projects in East Central Illinois.  Through the Lumpkin Family Fund we work toward a long term vision of holistically healthy communities as captured by our theme, Land, Health, Community

We make grants in East Central Illinois that reflect our vision: 

  1. Our community has a strong local food system and agricultural economy, resilient businesses, and amenities that attract new businesses and retain local talent. We are prosperous.  
  2. Our community is physically active and values healthy eating. We are well and physically fit.  
  3. Our community has strong leadership and the capacity for collaboration.  We are socially engaged.  
  4. Our community works to conserve, protect and preserve the natural environment. We value the natural beauty of the area.

Geographic Areas of Interest

We encourage grants from organizations across East Central Illinois. We give preference to rural organizations and those operating in Coles and the surrounding counties. We are especially interested in programs or projects that connect communities. 

Click here for a list of recent grantees.

Focus of Support

We will accept proposals from organizations working to advance our vision for grants that: 

  • Promote personal health through widespread availability and consumption of healthy, affordable food;
  • Grow the local agricultural economy, sustaining and creating new viable farm and farm-related businesses; 
  • Develop, promote and scale innovative green practices that add productive value to farms while protecting the land for future generations; and,
  • Encourage community engagement and collaboration, policy development and research around agriculture and rural development.  

Program Timetable

The 2016 timetable for proposals to the Lumpkin Family Fund is as follows:

2016 Spring Cycle
Letter of Inquiry due February 19 (not before January 22);
Applications invited by March 11;
Applications due April 8;
Grant decisions made by May 6.
2016 Fall Cycle
Letters of Inquiry due August 26 (not before July 29);
Applications invited by September 16;
Applications due October 14;
Grant decisions made by November 4.

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

Please direct inquiries on the Lumpkin Family Fund to:

Amanda Standerfer, Program Officer

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