For Grant Seekers

Land, Health, Community

Land, Health, Community, (formerly the Lumpkin Family Fund), is the Foundation’s primary and largest grantmaking program and 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 Land, Health, Community we work toward a long term vision of holistically healthy communities. 

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

  • 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.
  • Our community is physically active and values healthy eating. We are well and physically fit.
  • Our community has strong leadership and the capacity for collaboration. We are socially engaged.
  • Our community works to conserve, protect and preserve the natural environment. We value the natural beauty of the area.

Our Fall 2018 cycle of Land, Health, Community grants is now closed.  

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

Successful proposals will represent a synergy of as many of the following aims as possible: 

  • 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.

Core Grant Program

Grantees with a history of support from the Lumpkin Family Fund that closely match the Land, Health, Community strategic theme may be invited to participate in our new core grant program. This program provides multi-year operational support to organizations working towards outcomes identified in our evaluation framework.

Grant Seeker Support

We encourage prospective grantees to contact us to discuss their potential proposal and its possible fit with our guidelines.  In addition, we offer to review applications prior to the final submit date and give suggestions for how the application might be improved.  Information about the pre-submit review process is provided when an organization is invited to complete a full application.


Please direct inquiries on the Land, Health, Community to:

Laura Huddleston

Program Associate
Phone: 217-235-3361

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Grantees

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Land, Health, Community Grantees

  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    The Land Connection

    To create a stronger local food system by increasing access to resources that help farm businesses be resilient and viable for a regional sustainable agricultural economy.

    View The Land Connection 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    Illinois Stewardship Alliance

    To provide programs that connect farmers and buyers, challenge consumers to invest in quality food that meets their values, and engage our members in driving community and political leadership to transform how we feed ourselves, how our land is cared for, and by whom in east central Illinois.

    View Illinois Stewardship Alliance's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    Rural Schools Collaborative

    To support efforts to build interest and capacity in local farm-to-school projects in east central Illinois by conducting site visits to a farm-to-school network in Cambridge, Wisconsin.

    View Rural Schools Collaborative's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    Savanna Institute

    To launch an Agroforestry Research & Demonstration (R&D) Farm at Allerton Park in Monticello to catalyze agroforestry adoption in the Midwest.

    View Savanna Institute's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    SIU School of Medicine Dept. of Population Science and Policy

    To support a research project that will provide a comprehensive picture of family health and give families in Douglas County better strategies to achieve adequate nutrition.

    View SIU School of Medicine Dept. of Population Science and Policy's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    Environmental Education Association of Illinois

    To support the 2019 Illinois Environmental Education Conference, which will bring more than 100 educators together in Mattoon to gain the latest in knowledge, skills, and resources in the field of environmental education.

    View Environmental Education Association of Illinois's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    Sola Gratia Farm

    To improve soil fertility on an additional five acres of cropland to expand vegetable production and outreach efforts in the Champaign-Urbana area.

    View Sola Gratia Farm's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To support regenerative and ecologically diverse farms in East Central Illinois and expand locally grown foods and local food economies through ReGenerate IL and the IDEA Farm Network.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2018

    Sullivan Elementary School Community Garden

    To support a school initiative that allows students in preschool through fourth grade to work in and learn about a structured school garden and encourages community outreach.

     

    View Sullivan Elementary School Community Garden's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2018

    Fit-2-Serve

    To incubate a sustainable food center that is financially viable by 2020 and offer education and resources to farm, community, and school gardens.

    View Fit-2-Serve's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2018

    Midwest Pesticide Action Center

    To support the Midwest Grows Green education program in Urbana and central Illinois, which encourages residents to choose natural lawn care solutions through demonstrations using public land, consumer education, and partnerships with retailers to provide more natural products.

    View Midwest Pesticide Action Center's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2018

    Faith in Place

    To continue the expansion of Green Teams within congregations in East Central Illinois to facilitate projects in the areas of sustainable food and land use, energy and climate, and water preservation.

    View Faith in Place's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2018

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To expand their support for regenerative and organic agriculture practices in East Central Illinois that heal soil, protect water and wildlife, and grow food crops that can be marketed and consumed by local communities.

    View Prairie Rivers Network 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2018

    Action for Healthy Kids

    To implement healthy eating and physical activity initiatives in five under-resourced East Central Illinois K-12 schools.  The program includes microgrants for wellness projects forwarded by school-family-community partnerships.

    View Action for Healthy Kids 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2018

    Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

    To support education and outreach among citizens and lawmakers and to advance policies that protect the vital ecology of Illinois.

    View Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2017

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To support regenerative and ecologically diverse farms in East Central Illinois and expand locally grown foods and local food economies through ReGenerate IL and the IDEA Farm Network.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2017

    Illinois Stewardship Alliance

    To expand an economically and socially just local food and farm system in Illinois that connects local, family famers with markets to drive local food consumption

    View Illinois Stewardship Alliance 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2017

    Coles County Health Department

    To expand the community garden and increase educational programs for the community

    View Coles County Health Department's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2017

    Savanna Institute

    To support absentee landowners to adopt agroforestry practices in East Central Illinois by helping them work together on shared goals of healthy land, clean water, and a resilient agricultural economy

     

    View Savanna Institute 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Midwest Pesticide Action Center

    To support the Midwest Grows Green education program in Urbana, which encourages residents to choose natural lawn care solutions through demonstrations at a public park.

    View Midwest Pesticide Action Center's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Faith in Place

    To continue the expansion of Green Teams within congregations in East Central Illinois to facilitate projects in the areas of sustainable food and land use, energy and climate, and water preservation.

    View Faith in Place's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Village of Strasburg

    To install permeable pavers at the site of the weekly farmers market. 

    View Village of Strasburg's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To expand their support for regenerative and organic agriculture practices in East Central Illinois that heal soil, protect water and wildlife, and grow food crops that can be marketed and consumed by local communities.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Sullivan Area Arts

    To support the establishment of a farmers market in downtown Sullivan and encourage consumption of local, healthy produce.

    View Sullivan Area Arts's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Forefront

    To support the organizational development of nonprofit organizations across the state of Illinois through an annual conference, a peer skills sharing program, and networking and educational meetings in East Central Illinois.

    View Forefront's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Sola Gratia Farm

     To expand access to and demand for fresh and healthy produce in low-income/limited access populations in Urbana and Champaign.

     

    View Sola Gratia Farm 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

     To support education and outreach among citizens and lawmakers and to advance policies that protect the vital ecology of Illinois.

    View Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Ride Illinois

    To support the creation of a municipal bicycle plan for the City of Charleston from Mattoon to Fox Ridge.

    View Ride Illinois's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2017

    Effingham Unit #40

    To encourage students in Effingham Unit #40 to adopt a healthy life style by exposing them to the benefit of eating foods that are grown in their own hydroponics gardening system.

    View Effingham Unit #40's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    Global Philanthropy Partnership

    A strategic partnership contribution to support the FARM Illinois mission to coordinate policy, innovation, and leadership efforts across the food and agriculture systems in Illinois.

    View Global Philanthropy Partnership's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    Fit-2-Serve

    To incubate a sustainable food center that is financially viable by 2020 and offer education and resources to farm, community, and school gardens

    View Fit-2-Serve's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    Faith In Place

    To establish Green Teams in East Central Illinois’ faith communities that will set environmental goals and implement impactful and sustainable programs.

    View Faith In Place's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    Millikin University

    To develop a Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FIE) Program in collaboration with National Foodworks Services (NFS) to further the training, development, and growth of food entrepreneurs in Central Illinois and beyond.

    View Millikin University's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2016

    St. Matthew Lutheran Church

    To purchase and install a high tunnel hoophouse that will extend the growing season, bring in increased income, and enhance ability to support the farm’s mission.

    View St. Matthew Lutheran Church's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois

    To inform residents in Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery County to support the local economy through growing, purchasing, preserving, and eating food produced within the four county region.

    View The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To develop the Regenerate Illinois Consortium connecting farmers in East Central Illinois with researchers, educators, local businesses, and nonprofits who can advance new and innovative farm practices around the region.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    Illinois Stewardship Alliance

    To continue increasing consumption of healthy, local fruits and vegetables and other farm fresh products in Central Illinois through farmers, community organizations, retailers, restaurants, distributors, and consumers.

    View Illinois Stewardship Alliance's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

    "To influence existing and locate new supporters of local and sustainable food in East Central Illinois, specifically farmers and local food business owners.

    "

    View Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2016

    The Land Connection

    To create a stronger local food system by increasing access to resources that help farm businesses be resilient and viable for a regional sustainable agricultural economy.

    View The Land Connection 's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Fit-2-Serve

    To expand gardening programs that provide job training for vulnerable populations, promote health by providing education and resources, and engage innovative green practices to increase food security in Mattoon.

    View Fit-2-Serve's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To identify farmers willing to participate in planning for on-farm demonstrations of harvestable biomass crops on marginal farmland.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

    To support the use of a microtargeting database further sustainable agriculture policy work and increase the level of grassroots support for local food in East Central Illinois.

    View Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    University of Illinois Extension Unit 19

    To teach youth about gardening, healthy eating, and healthy living in Coles, Douglas, and Cumberland Counties.

    View University of Illinois Extension Unit 19's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Edgar County Community Foundation

    To work with a variety of partners to provide community gardens to the residents of Edgar County.

    View Edgar County Community Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    EIU - Biological Sciences

    To evaluate the potential of chestnuts and hazelnuts as sustainable crops in East Central Illinois by planting demonstration orchards at 4 schools for research and education.

    View EIU - Biological Sciences's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Experimental Station

    To provide funding, training, technical support, and data collection tools at the Urbana Farmers Market to implement Double Value Coupon Programs.

    View Experimental Station's Website
  • Land, Health, Community Spring2015

    Illinois Farmers Market Association

    To increase WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program check redemption by providing incentive funding to farmers market organizers to help create collaborative special events with local community partners and local farmers.

    View Illinois Farmers Market Association's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Trees Forever

    To develop an edible walkway in Taylorville, IL using fruit and nut trees and train volunteers to properly plan and care for the trees.

    View Trees Forever 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Prairie Rivers Network

    To partner with the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District to develop a mailed newsletter targeting absentee landowners who own farmed land in E. Central Illinois in order to increase their awareness of water quality issues related to farming practices and encourage them to implement nutrient loss reduction practices on their land.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Seven Generations Ahead

    To expand membership in the Illinois Farm to School Network and to hold a Farm to School Conference in Springfield in 2016.

    View Seven Generations Ahead's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    The Land Connection

    To develop a Guide to Organic Transition that will be available for free download on their Website.

    View The Land Connection 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Illinois Stewardship Alliance

    To increase the availability and consumption of healthy farm-fresh foods in east central Illinois by building relationships between chefs, farmers, and retailers, holding Local Flavors Events, and educating consumers about the availability of local produced foods.

    View Illinois Stewardship Alliance's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Mattoon Area Family YMCA- Girls on the Run East Central Illinois

    To purchase snacks from local farmers or the farmers market for girls in the program.

    View Mattoon Area Family YMCA- Girls on the Run East Central Illinois's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    Champaign County Forest Preserve District Foundation

    To undertake a conservation study to assess the hydrological and biological conditions of the natural wetland at the Point Pleasant location.

    View Champaign County Forest Preserve District Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2015

    FamilyFarmed

    To support the development of a Direct Market Success manual and educate east central Illinois produce farmers on practices in the manual.

    View FamilyFarmed's Website