Our application process begins with a letter of inquiry (LOI). We do not accept LOIs via mail or email. The entire LOI and application process is online. Your LOI will be reviewed to determine whether the proposed effort fits sufficiently with our Mission and Program Goals to merit further review. If so, we will invite you to submit a full application. View our grant programs  or Click here to apply

The opportunity for recognition plays no part in our decision to award a grant. However, we are aware of the role donor recognition plays in an effective development program, and we willingly receive it. Please do not give gifts to The Foundation, our staff, or members; it is reward enough for us to be able to provide support to worthy organizations.

Please contact Laura Huddleston with any questions regarding logo files and considerations for use.

Laura Huddleston

Program Associate
Phone: 217-235-3361

Our Land, Health, Community and Aspiramos Juntos grants cycles open twice a year, Spring and Fall, and are comprised of an LOI phase and an Application phase.   When a cycle opens for a particular fund, eligible organizations are encouraged to submit an LOI through our online grantmaking system.  A committee of members and community volunteers will review your LOI. We do our best to keep the entire process under 10 weeks.  We will contact you via email with an acceptance or declination of the LOI.  If your LOI is accepted, you will be asked to submit a full application.

The Lumpkin family is made up of descendants and spouses of the original donor, Besse A. Lumpkin. Although the family’s start can be traced to Mattoon, Illinois, members now live in many communities across the US and England. There are more than 30 family members over the age of 16 involved in the Foundation.

Our community relations representative is our Executive Director, Bruce Karmazin.

Bruce Karmazin

Executive Director
Phone: 217-234-5915

The Foundation had assets of approximately $49 million as of April 2017. On average, in recent years, we have used approximately $2 million for grants or foundation-initiated programs, depending on the performance of the endowment investments. For more specific information, we encourage you to review our tax returns at www.guidestar.org.

We love to hear from people interested in the work of The Lumpkin Family Foundation. If you are new to applying to us for a grant or would like to discuss a specific idea or possible partnership with The Foundation, feel free to contact us. View our staff member page.

We fund mainly in East Central Illinois, radiating out from Coles County. We also provide financial support to organizations in Chicago through our Aspiramos Juntos program and across the country through our National Food Policy Program (beginning in 2018). View our grant programs.

The board includes six Lumpkin family members and three independent trustees with roots in East Central Illinois. View Our Trustees.

As our mission states, we support organizations who are working towards healthy, sustainable communities. Please see our grant programs and past grantees for more information about who we have funded recently.

Proposals will be considered from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations that reflect The Lumpkin Family Foundation's mission, serve the community without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or religion, keep books available for regular independent outside audit, and make results available to all potential contributors, and comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting. If you are not a 501(c)(3) organization and have a question about funding eligibility, please contact us.

The amount of time varies a great deal depending on how complicated your project is and how ready you are to apply or report.  The following sample forms should help you know what is needed for the process.

Land, Health, Community LOI    Land, Health, Community Application   LHC Post Grant Report (coming soon) 

Aspiramos Juntos LOI      Aspiramos Juntos Application    Aspiramos Juntos Post Grant Report

Please contact us with any further questions regarding these forms or any part of the application process.