Past Grantees

Aspiramos Juntos

  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital

    To support “Healthy Food, Healthy Kids, Healthy Planet” which will be a digital curriculum for organizations serving youth ages 12-18. The curriculum will link healthy eating and physical activity to climate change, food justice, and health equity and emphasize opportunities for youth.

    View Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Forest Preserve Foundation, Inc.

    To support The Forest Preserve Experience, a summer internship program that provides paid conservation work to youth served by the Housing Authority of Cook County. Taking place in local preserves throughout South and West Cook County, this program intends to introduce underserved youth to conservation and the environment while providing work experience and professional development opportunities.

    View Forest Preserve Foundation, Inc. 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Growing Home, Inc.

    To support Growing Home's Food Access Program with activities designed to improve the health of the entire community by showing residents of all ages that nutritious choices can be affordable, easy, and accessible.  Funds will go towards new initiatives in food delivery and outreach in light of COVID-19.

    View Growing Home, Inc.'s Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    NeighborSpace

    To support revitalization of Unity Park in North Lawndale. The project will create a place of recreation, respite, and community building in a West Side neighborhood that lacks accessible, intergenerational public green space for outdoor activities and community gatherings that promote physical and emotional health and well-being.

    View NeighborSpace's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Plant Chicago

    To support Plant Chicago’s nutrition and STEM education work with K -12 students, with a particular focus on their partner schools in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and the Southwest Side of Chicago.

    View Plant Chicago's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Healthy Schools Campaign

    To support Healthy Schools Campaign's work to ensure that Chicago students have access to healthy school environments where they can learn and thrive, eat and grow healthy food, and engage with the outdoors. This work contributes to sustainable food systems and environmental practices throughout the region.

    View Healthy Schools Campaign's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Garfield Park Community Council

    To support the Garfield Park Community Wellness Initiative, which supports resident-led food access programs through local gardens and community events to improve health outcomes and build economic opportunities in Garfield Park.

    View Garfield Park Community Council's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Seven Generations Ahead

    To support general operations, with a particular focus on advancing solar energy installations and procurement, advancing food recovery and composting through the Wasted Food Action Alliance, and expanding the It’s Our Future program to new metro area communities.

    View Seven Generations Ahead's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival

    To support OEFF as they continue their mission-based work by evolving their organizational model, strengthening their youth programs for building advocacy and resiliency of the next generation, and continuing to provide rich film programs that demonstrate how healthy, sustainable food systems can solve problems relating to human and environmental health.

    View Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2020

    Advocates for Urban Agriculture

    To support AUA's coordinated technical assistance initiative that will produce a series of deliverables designed to help Chicago area farmers expand their capacity to both produce and distribute locally grown food and value added products, addressing a growing demand for healthy, local food.

    View Advocates for Urban Agriculture's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2020

    Gardeneers

    To support their team of growers and educators who continue growing food on their largest production sites for at-risk Chicago residents with plans to grow nearly 10,000 pounds of produce to be safely donated in these communities in 2020.

    View Gardeneers's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2020

    Angelic Organics Learning Center

    To support On-Farm program scholarships to subsidize children who attend the Learning Center’s day camp, custom programs, and school programs. 

    View Angelic Organics Learning Center's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2020

    Openlands

    To inform teachers of the benefit of using the school garden as an extension of the classroom and to encourage parents and community members to share the sense of ownership of the school garden through workshops that will also be offered in Spanish.

    View Openlands's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2020

    Catholic Bishop of Chicago - Stein Learning Gardens

    To support the Grow Your Groceries Campaign at St. Sabina's Stein Learning Gardens.  Grow Your Groceries is a collaborative effort of four non-profit urban agriculture organizations and three Chicago university contributors to deliver home garden kits to food insecure families starting on the south side of Chicago in Auburn-Gresham, Back of the Yards, Englewood, and Chicago Lawn.

    View Catholic Bishop of Chicago - Stein Learning Gardens's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2020

    Purple Asparagus

    To support capacity building and development.

    View Purple Asparagus's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2020

    Heartland Human Care Services

    To support Chicago FarmWorks’ community garden, broadening its reach and deepening its impact by supporting staff and food production costs associated with implementing the program and expanding community engagement.

    View Heartland Human Care Services's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Gardeneers

    To support the expansion of their Growing School Gardens program across their network of 20 partner schools.

    View Gardeneers's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Big Green

    To support the staff, training, and materials needed to bring their Learning Gardens to life. 

    View Big Green 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Chicago Academy of Sciences

    To support Chicago Conservation Corp which strengthens volunteer leaders to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across Chicago through self-determined service projects that address environmental sustainability issues in their own communities.

    View Chicago Academy of Sciences's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Openlands

    To inform teachers of the benefit of using the school garden as an extension of the classroom and to encourage parents and community members to share the sense of ownership of the school garden through workshops that will also be offered in Spanish.

    View Openlands's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Purple Asparagus

    To support capacity building and development.

    View Purple Asparagus 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Heartland Human Care Services

    To support Chicago FarmWorks’ new community garden, ensuring that the program is able to maximize growing capacity, as well as support program operations at the East Garfield Park and Harvest Commons sites.

    View Heartland Human Care Services's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Catholic Bishop of Chicago - Stein Learning Gardens

    To support “Phase II Production Expansion Project” at Stein Learning Gardens, which aims to greatly expand their programming by developing a double-wide lot near the Saint Sabina Church campus.

    View Catholic Bishop of Chicago - Stein Learning Gardens's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Angelic Organics Learning Center

    To support On-Farm program scholarships. Scholarships subsidize children who attend the Learning Center’s day camp, overnight camp, custom, and school programs.

    View Angelic Organics Learning Center 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Opportunity Knocks

     To support the Knockout Farm which is operated by more than 75 young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from Oak Park/River Forest and surrounding communities.

    View Opportunity Knocks's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2019

    Just Roots

    To support construction of three raised garden beds for teaching students gardening skills in their Community Learning Gardens in Bronzeville and Englewood.

    View Just Roots's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    Garfield Park Community Council

     To support improvements to the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market, which sells produce harvested through the Garfield Park Garden Network.

    View Garfield Park Community Council's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    Enlace Chicago

    To support the development of resident-run garden spaces in the Little Village community.

    View Enlace Chicago 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    Plant Chicago

    To support Plant Chicago’s nutrition and STEM education work with K -12 students, with a particular focus on their partner schools in the Back of the Yards neighborhood and the Southwest Side of Chicago.

    View Plant Chicago's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    Advocates for Urban Agriculture

    To support AUA's coordinated technical assistance initiative that will produce a series of deliverables designed to help Chicago area farmers expand their capacity to both produce and distribute locally grown food and value added products, addressing a growing demand for healthy, local food.

    View Advocates for Urban Agriculture's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    Seven Generations Ahead

    To support general operations, with a particular focus on advancing solar energy installations and procurement, implementing GreenTown Climate Crisis 2020, advancing food recovery and composting through the Wasted Food Action Alliance, and expanding the It’s Our Future program to new metro area communities.

    View Seven Generations Ahead's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    NeighborSpace

    To support activities associated with designing a nature play area at the newly acquired Harambee Community Garden in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side, developing community leaders, and plans for stewarding and programming the garden site.

    View NeighborSpace's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    Healthy Schools Campaign

    To support work ensuring that 361,000 Chicago students have access to healthy school environments where they can learn and thrive, including the change to eat and grow healthy food and engage with the outdoors.

    View Healthy Schools Campaign's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    Oak Park River Forest School Green Teams Collaborative

    To support Joey FineRhyme Assemblies and Workshops for K-8 schools through the Oak Park and River Forest School Green Teams Collaborative.

    View Oak Park River Forest School Green Teams Collaborative's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2019

    Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival

    To support OEFF as they continue their mission-based work by evolving their organizational model, strengthening their youth programs for building advocacy and resiliency of the next generation, and continuing to provide rich film programs that demonstrate how healthy, sustainable food systems can solve problems relating to human and environmental health.

    View Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Green City Market

     To support Edible Education: Farm, School, and Home in 2019, providing interactive food-based learning for Chicago students and increasing local food access to Chicago families.

    View Green City Market's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Enlace Chicago

    To support Enlace’s Community Garden Initiative which supports the development of resident-run garden spaces in the Little Village community.

    View Enlace Chicago's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Growing Home

    To support A New Farm for Englewood  which is a 16,500 square foot farm in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.  This will add a third site to their farm campus and grow an additional 8,000 pounds of produce per year--all of which they will keep in Englewood through affordable sales or donations.

    View Growing Home's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival

    To support One Earth Film Festival: Collaboration for Healthier People and Planet which provides expanded programming, engagement and impact in the greater Chicagoland region, through their annual 10-day Festival in March 2019, and innovative programming that has evolved from, and enhanced the reach of, the Festival.

    View Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Girls in the Game

    To support Girls in the Game's After School program, which is provided at no cost to girls or their families in communities with high rates of poverty and violence including Englewood, Humboldt Park, and North Lawndale.  Girls in the Game runs weekly programming that encourages physical activity and physical and emotional health at 35 Chicago sites for three 10-week seasons as well as events on days of non-school attendance. 

    View Girls in the Game's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange

    To support an "End of School Year Donation Drive" in Spring 2019 that engages suburban and city schools in creative reuse, aiding them in their "green" efforts to go beyond recycling to include redistributing and reuse. 

    View Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Healthy Schools Campaign

    To support Change for Good, an effort to transform Chicago schools and classrooms so children have the opportunity to eat well, grow food, be physically active and spend time outdoors. 

    View Healthy Schools Campaign's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Garfield Park Community Council

    To support the Garfield Park Community Wellness Initiative, in which the GPCC aims to improve access to local, fresh food and use the local food movement as a tool for economic and community development.

    View Garfield Park Community Council's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Oak Park River Forest School Green Teams Collaborative

    To support bringing educational and motivational school assemblies to Oak Park and River Forest Schools that will increase K-8 student knowledge of environmental issues and community sustainability efforts and provoke individual action.

    View Oak Park River Forest School Green Teams Collaborative 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall 2018

    Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

    To support the Curious Little Bee / La Pequeña Abeja Curiosa program which invites participants to build a personal relationship with the natural world, our local food systems, and the importance of bee and other pollinator life to environmental sustainability.

    View Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

    The WasteShed

    To support environmental education about “creative reuse” and preventing waste, with a focus on children and youth, teacher support, and school programming.

    View The WasteShed's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

    Gardeneers

    To expand programming at 4 partner schools North Lawndale and to serve each of the partner schools twice per week and double the students directly served in the school garden programs to total 520 students.  To also implement a Student Run Community Farm stand each week for parents and neighbors of each school.

    View Gardeneers's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

    Grow Greater Englewood

    GGE will provide an infrastructure and assist local urban farmers to create economically viable community-based farm enterprises along the elevated rail viaduct between 58th and 59th Streets in Chicago. Englewood Community Farms will provide land, shared equipment, and entrepreneurship training for 4-5 for-profit or cooperative farming operations on contiguous parcels of land.

    View Grow Greater Englewood's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

    Openlands

    To support Building School Gardens which works with 58 Chicago Public Schools to care for and maintain their school garden as both an outdoor classroom during school and a neighborhood park after school and on the weekends. The program aims to foster the next generation of environmental stewards by building awareness of and respect for the natural world while improving the quality of life for the entire community.

    View Openlands's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

    Advocates for Urban Agriculture

    To support a new individualized training initiative to help growers scale and professionalize their operations, as well as expanded outreach that will deliver education, mentoring, and resources to existing and potential growers in some of Chicago's most distressed communities. 

    View Advocates for Urban Agriculture's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

    Plant Chicago

    To support Closed Loop in the Classroom, an initiative of Plant Chicago, which educates K-12 students in Chicago about closed loop food systems and healthy, sustainable food practices. In addition to education, the initiative will increase community participation in Plant Chicago’s year-round farmers market, Cooking Matters, and new Community Learning Circle.

    View Plant Chicago's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring 2018

    Big Green

    To support two programmatic activities within our Learning Garden schools:  Edible Garden Initiative and Garden-Based Education Initiative which ensure integration and implementation of Learning Garden programming in the classroom and school culture, and teach the teachers to use their Learning Garden to its fullest extent across grade levels and subjects. 

    View Big Green's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

    Enlace Chicago

    To support the development of resident-run garden spaces in the Little Village community with environmental and health-related programming in the gardens.  View Enlace Chicago 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

    Purple Asparagus

    To support the Delicious Nutritious Adventures program and Family Cooking Program, which helps students explore a new healthy ingredient each month by learning about it, tasting it, and cooking with it to schools in Austin, North Austin, Galewood, Back of the Yards, Canaryville, New City, and Humboldt Park communities.  View Purple Asparagus's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

    Chicago Academy of Sciences

    To support the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods across Chicago through self-determined service projects that address environmental sustainability issues in their own communities.  View Chicago Academy of Sciences 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

    Chicago Youth Centers

    To support the Lean and Green Project to provide fresh produce, support urban farming and aquaponics education, and to teach youth and their families how to prepare healthy meals as they develop a lifestyle focused on health, wellness, nutrition, and environmental sustainability.  View Chicago Youth Centers's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

    Erie Elementary Charter School

    To support the Health and Wellness Initiative, which increases students' knowledge and understanding of nutrition and healthy eating, as well as their participation in physical activity. They will also offer parent workshops focusing on nutrition and culinary education to make healthy food choices on a limited budget. View Erie Elementary Charter School 's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

    Institute of Cultural Affairs

    To support the Nourish Comm(unity) series to coordinate four cross-cultural events exploring various ways Chicago communities employ sustainability to enhance their community, culture, and connections to address the challenge of siloed efforts and competition within the field of sustainability and climate change.

    View Institute of Cultural Affairs's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2017

    Garfield Park Community Council

    To support the Garfield Park Community Wellness Initiative develop its staff team and programs as they use the production of fresh, local food as a tool for rebuilding social and economic infrastructure on Chicago's West Side.  View Garfield Park Community Council's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

    Openlands

    To support the Building School Gardens program which works with 58 Chicago Public Schools across the city to use their school garden as an extension of the classroom, impacting more than 38,000 students daily. View Openlands's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

    The Kitchen Community

    To support school Learning Gardens with Edible Garden and Garden-Based Education Initiatives.  These initiatives ensure that school leaders are prepared to utilize the Learning Garden to its fullest extent, broadening their skills in outdoor, experiential education and giving them tools with which to engage students.

    View The Kitchen Community's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

    Alliance for the Great Lakes

    To support the "Educating the Next Generation of Great Lake Stewards in the Chicago Area" program which works to advance Great Lakes stewardship and restoration efforts.  View Alliance for the Great Lakes's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

    Plant Chicago, NFP

    To support Closed Loop in the Classroom which is an initiative of Plant Chicago that educates K-12 students in Chicago about closed loop food systems and healthy, sustainable food practices. In addition to education, the initiative will increase community participation in the year round farmers market run by Plant Chicago. Plant Chicago operates out of the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a low-income community located on the southside of Chicago.

    View Plant Chicago, NFP's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

    Healthy Schools Campaign

    To support the Change for Good program which seeks to transform Chicago schools and classrooms into environments that ensure children have the opportunity to eat well, be physically active and spend time outdoors.  View Healthy Schools Campaign's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

    The WasteShed

    To support environmental education about “creative reuse” and preventing waste, with a focus on children, teacher support, and school programming.

    View The WasteShed's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

    Peterson Garden Project

    To support programs that offer lifelong learning opportunities which give at-risk families, youth, and seniors access to fresh, homegrown food and skills to prepare it.  View Peterson Garden Project's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosSpring2017

    Advocates for Urban Agriculture

    To support expansion and capacity of community gardens and farms in at-risk Chicago neighborhoods.  View Advocates for Urban Agriculture's Website
  • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

    Healthy Schools Campaign

    To support Change for Good, an effort to transform Chicago schools and classrooms into environments that ensure children have the opportunity to eat well, be physically active and spend time outdoors.

    View Healthy Schools Campaign's Website
  • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

    Chicago Horticultural Society (dba Chicago Botanic Garden)

    To support Windy City Harvest (WCH), a program that trains at least 170 Chicago youth and adults, including ex-offenders, in sustainable urban agriculture and creates access to 55000 servings of fresh produce for low-income residents in the Chicago region’s food insecure communities, such as North Lawndale, Austin, Pilsen, and Washington Park.

    View Chicago Horticultural Society (dba Chicago Botanic Garden)'s Website
  • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

    Openlands

    To support the Building School Gardens program which works with Chicago Public Schools across the city to use their school garden as an extension of their classroom.

    View Openlands's Website
  • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

    Peterson Garden Project

    To support a community-based food education program to ensure that everyone in their community has access to healthy food that is both affordable and sustainably produced. Education in organic gardening and home cooking classes at PGP’s network of 8 community gardens, a high school garden, and the Community Cooking School, all in neighborhoods with a high percentage of at-risk families, will be part of the program.

    View Peterson Garden Project's Website
  • Aspiramos Juntos Spring2016

    NeighborSpace

    To support the Jardincito Community Stewardship Project which will result in effective stewardship and meaningful engagement at the Jardincito nature play garden in Little Village, the Chicago neighborhood with the least amount of open green space per capita.

    View NeighborSpace's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

    Garfield Park Community Council

    To support the Garfield Park Community Wellness Initiative, an effort that is using the production of fresh, local food as a means of rebuilding social and economic infrastructure on Chicago's West Side.

    View Garfield Park Community Council's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

    Growing Home, Inc.

    To support Growing Home’s project “Expanding Local Food in Englewood” which aims to encourage the development of a robust food system and thriving green corridor in Greater Englewood.

    View Growing Home, Inc.'s Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

    Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

    To support the Caminando con Cuentos project which will help bilingual 1st to 5th grade students from Highwood, Round Lake and Waukegan, IL, be physically active in a welcoming, natural environment, become more aware of local nature, and establish a stronger sense of place through story and writing.

    View Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

    Purple Asparagus

    To support the Family Cooking Program (FCP) as a supplement to its Delicious Nutritious Adventures (DNA) programming in 14 schools located in the following Chicago communities: Austin, Hermosa, Irving Park, Lincoln Square, Lakeview, West Town, New City (Back of the Yards), Armour Square, Near South Side, Humboldt Park, West Town, Dunning, and Portage Park. .

    View Purple Asparagus's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

    Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

    To support the Surplus Project, an innovative collaboration developed to reduce food waste; increase access to healthy, convenient meals; and reduce food insecurity in our community.

    View Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

    FamilyFarmed

    General Support for FamilyFarmed which is based in Chicago and serves farmers and Good Food communities all over the United States.

    View FamilyFarmed's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

    Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival

    To support the 2017 One Earth Film Fest - Building Impact through Community Engagement, Phase 2

    View Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2016

    Seven Generations Ahead

     To support SGA's comprehensive portfolio of program work and general operations.

    View Seven Generations Ahead's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival

    To subsidize first-time film events in hard-to-reach communities, and to support the development of an improved system to measure our impact.

    View Green Community Connections/One Earth Film Festival's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC)

    To support AGC's unique initiatives, including their food program, community engagement and expanded learning opportunities, and International Baccalaureate Programme.

    View Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC)'s Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Universidad Popular

    To support the Parent And Children Together (PACT) project which will provide fitness, nutrition and cooking lessons to families in the Pilsen/Little Village Community of Chicago.

    View Universidad Popular's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Alliance for the Great Lakes

    To support Educating the Next Generation of Great Lakes Stewards in Chicago Area which will recruit 5000 plus volunteers to work 60 coastal sites in IL, work with 150 educators in IL on Great Lakes in My World curriculum, link stewardship efforts to expanded on-the-ground projects, as well as local and regional policies, and evaluate the impact on the citizens and youth.

    View Alliance for the Great Lakes's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Chicago Arts Orchestra

    To support Paisajes Musicales, a music education program bringing young people, especially from low-income families and communities of color, into direct contact with professional classical musicians. .

    View Chicago Arts Orchestra's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Growing Home, Inc.

    To reach more individuals by extending their farm stand hours, offering their workshops to new audiences through organizational partnerships, and increasing the amount of their organic produce that reaches low-income individuals.

    View Growing Home, Inc.'s Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Seven Generations Ahead

    General support for SGA. The desired outcomes include positive changes with respect to core sustainability indicators that we measure including community and institution energy consumption; renewable energy procurement; greenhouse gas emissions; waste diverted from landfill; total waste generated; community and institution potable water consumption; vehicle miles traveled; public transit use; miles of bike lanes; new green infrastructure additions; and other project-specific process measures.

    View Seven Generations Ahead's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Purple Asparagus

    To deliver the Delicious Nutritious Adventures (DNA) programming to an entire grade level during the 2016/17 school year in Chicago Public Schools. Students will gain an interest in whole fruits and vegetables, learn how to make healthy food choices, learn how to talk about food, and increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Their families will receive simple and healthy recipes and be motivated to cook more at home.

    View Purple Asparagus's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

    To support The Surplus Project, an innovative collaboration developed to reduce food waste, increase access to healthy, convenient meals, and reduce food insecurity in our community.

    View Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry's Website
  • Aspiramos JuntosFall2015

    Plant Chicago, NFP

    To educate K-12 students in Chicago about closed loop food systems and healthy, sustainable food practices. The initiative will also increase community participation in the year round farmers market run by Plant Chicago.

    View Plant Chicago, NFP's Website

Good Food Policy Program

  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    ActionAid USA

    To support the advance of research, communications, and movement building around new federal policy solutions for a climate-friendly, economically just, and sustainable food and farm system in the US.

    View ActionAid USA's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    Food and Farm Communications Fund

    To support communications funding and resources to community-based organizations working at the forefront of food and farm systems change, and to advance communications initiatives and media projects that help to shift public narrative and further the goals of grassroots organizations and their allies.

    View Food and Farm Communications Fund's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    State Innovation Exchange

    To support the work of the SiX’s Agriculture Program which prioritizes helping state legislators across the nation work more effectively to coordinate and collaborate with grassroots organizations to engage and champion meaningful regenerative agriculture policy that centers food justice, farmer equity, clean air and water, healthy soils and re-establishes healthy local farm economies for our rural communities.

    View State Innovation Exchange's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    Union of Concerned Scientists - Good Food For All

    This project will enable members of communities that have been historically excluded from federal food and agriculture negotiations to generate, refine, and advocate for their policy priorities and innovations. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) facilitates the activities of the Good Food For All (GFFA) initiative with the ultimate goal of improving the well being of communities whose contributions are essential for the food and agriculture system to work but whose interests and priorities are seldom considered in federal policy.

    View Union of Concerned Scientists - Good Food For All 's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    Open Markets Institute

    To raise public awareness of the impact of monopoly power in the food system, and to support the creation of regional resilient food systems where farmers and food chain workers have support and dignity and consumers can access a wide variety of affordable, healthy, and culturally relevant foods.

    View Open Markets Institute's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    National Family Farm Coalition

    To support elevating the voice and priorities of NFFC members who primarily live in rural America, advocate for policy changes that enrich their lives, and raise the profile of community-based and controlled food systems.

    View National Family Farm Coalition's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    Food and Environment Reporting Network

    To support multi-part reporting initiatives on climate and biodiversity in agriculture.

    View Food and Environment Reporting Network's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    Food Policy Action

    Through public education, advocacy, and community organizing, Food Policy Action Education Fund unites advocates across the food movement on diverse issues such as nutrition and health, organic foods, local community agriculture, beginning farmers, and clean water.

    View Food Policy Action's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

    To support a three-year effort to engage NSAC's members, allies, and their collective grassroots base around major opportunities to advance climate change legislation and farm and food policy reform.

    View National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2020

    Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders

    “Catalyzing Action: Building philanthropic knowledge and capacity to impact food and farm policy” will enhance our ability to contribute to more effective investments and accelerated learning within our membership.

    View Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2019

    Food Policy Action

    Through public education, advocacy, and community organizing, Food Policy Action Education Fund unites advocates across the food movement on diverse issues such as nutrition and health, organic foods, local community agriculture, beginning farmers, and clean water.  

    View Food Policy Action 's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2019

    Union of Concerned Scientists - Good Food For All

    This project will enable members of communities that have been historically excluded from federal food and agriculture negotiations to generate, refine, and advocate for their policy priorities and innovations. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) facilitates the activities of the Good Food For All (GFFA) initiative with the ultimate goal of improving the well being of communities whose contributions are essential for the food and agriculture system to work but whose interests and priorities are seldom considered in federal policy. 

    View Union of Concerned Scientists - Good Food For All 's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2019

    Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders

    “Catalyzing Action: Building philanthropic knowledge and capacity to impact food and farm policy” will enhance our ability to contribute to more effective investments and accelerated learning within our membership.  

    View Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2019

    ActionAid USA

    To support the advance of research, communications, and movement building around new federal policy solutions for a climate-friendly, economically just, and sustainable food and farm system in the US. 
    View ActionAid USA's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2019

    Food and Environment Reporting Network, Inc.

    To support a multi-part, multi-platform investigation and reporting into rural conflicts between large-scale animal production facilities (CAFOs) and local communities. 

    View Food and Environment Reporting Network, Inc. 's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2019

    National Family Farm Coalition

    To support elevating the voice and priorities of NFFC members who primarily live in rural America, advocate for policy changes that enrich their lives, and raise the profile of community-based and controlled food systems.

    View National Family Farm Coalition's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2018

    Union of Concerned Scientists - Good Food For All

    This project will enable members of communities that have been historically excluded from federal food and agriculture negotiations to generate, refine, and advocate for their policy priorities and innovations. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) facilitates the activities of the Good Food For All (GFFA) initiative with the ultimate goal of improving the well being of communities whose contributions are essential for the food and agriculture system to work but whose interests and priorities are seldom considered in federal policy. 

    View Union of Concerned Scientists - Good Food For All 's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2018

    Food Policy Action

    Through public education, advocacy, and community organizing, Food Policy Action Education Fund unites advocates across the food movement on diverse issues such as nutrition and health, organic foods, local community agriculture, beginning farmers, and clean water.  

    View Food Policy Action 's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2018

    Open Markets Institute

    To help policymakers and the public understand America’s monopoly problem in food and farming and take action to reverse it. We use investigative journalism, op-eds, grassroots alliances, and policymaker education to raise awareness of the consequences of concentrations of power in food and farm markets, and work directly with policymakers to develop solutions.

    View Open Markets Institute's Website
  • Good Food Policy Program2018

    Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders

    “Catalyzing Action: Building philanthropic knowledge and capacity to impact food and farm policy” will enhance our ability to contribute to more effective investments and accelerated learning within our membership.  

    View Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders 's Website

Land, Health, Community

  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2020

    EIU School of Technology

    To help determine the opportunities and barriers to hemp growth in East Central Illinois. To increase the understanding of the scientific and commercial foundations for a profitable, sustainable, and environmentally-friendly alternative crop rotation for local farmers.

    View EIU School of Technology's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2020

    Savanna Institute

    To support the outreach to absentee landowners and the Allerton Demonstration Farm, which showcases commercial-scale agroforestry and acts as an education hub for SI apprentices and potential agroforestry adoptees in East Central Illinois.

    View Savanna Institute's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2020

    The Land Connection

    To fund programs that include: increasing farmer knowledge on sustainable farming practices, growing beginner farm businesses, providing the community access to healthy, locally grown foods, and expanding public awareness of the importance of a local food system.

    View The Land Connection's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2020

    Illinois Stewardship Alliance

    To contract with a consultant to determine the feasibility of a loan program for Illinois small and diversified farmers to make investments in on-farm infrastructure, scale up, or to transition to regenerative practices.

    View Illinois Stewardship Alliance's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2020

    Illinois Stewardship Alliance

    To support staff to identify, recruit, and train farmers to engage in our work through the member-only caucuses, participate in coalitions, work closely with policymakers and their staff, communicate stories and produce reports on food system issues.

    View Illinois Stewardship Alliance's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2020

    Sola Gratia Farm

    To improve soil fertility and plant health on both newly acquired and existing acres of land.

    View Sola Gratia Farm's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall2020

    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, CommunitySpring 2020

    Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation

    To build a season-extending greenhouse and to provide educational programs that connect students with fresh food throughout the school year.

    View Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Faith in Place

    To support the continuing efforts of Green Teams in congregations across east central Illinois who are addressing climate change through energy and water conservation and who provide healthy food to communities in need.

    View Faith in Place's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Fit-2-Serve

    To increase the organization’s staff and administrative capacity through AmeriCorp VISTA employees and technology purchases that support fundraising and partnership development.

    View Fit-2-Serve's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Coles County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. Foundation

    For educational programs, including a field trip for Coles County fourth graders, and curation of The Illinois Natural History Survey’s Traveling Science Center.    

    View Coles County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Illinois Environmental Council

    For general operations with a focus on sustainable agriculture and conservation in East Central Illinois.

    View Illinois Environmental Council's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Chicago Food System Emergency Response Fund

    To aid front-line producers of food, and the organizations which support them, in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and the economic fall-out across Illinois.   

    View Chicago Food System Emergency Response Fund's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    City of Mattoon

    For tree-planting along streets and boulevards, in parks, and at the Lake Mattoon Pavilion.

    View City of Mattoon's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    The Organic Center

    To train east central Illinois agricultural professionals in organic grain production as an option for improving soil health and the economics of farming.  

    View The Organic Center's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Champaign Co. Soil & Water Conservation Dist. Foundation

    For workshops in regenerative grazing that increase knowledge and facilitate coordination among agriculture educators and farmers.

    View Champaign Co. Soil & Water Conservation Dist. Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Prairie Rivers Network

    For general operations and agricultural programming.

    View Prairie Rivers Network's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

    For environmental reporting and community forums that offer factual, non-biased information supporting an informed citizenry.

    View Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring 2020

    Sierra Club Foundation

    For technical resources and training of community volunteers who join east central IL watershed planning to ensure clean drinking water and safe outdoor recreational opportunities. 

    View Sierra Club Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2019

    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, CommunitySpring2019

    Fit-2-Serve

    To support the operations and development of Fit-2-Serve’s community gardens and multi-generational programming which strengthen collaboration across agencies around agricultural and rural development targeting youth.

    View Fit-2-Serve's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2019

    Artisan Grain Collaborative (a project of Fresh Taste)

    To support a value chain initiative connecting farmers, millers, brewers, distributors, processors, end users, university researchers, and nonprofits to promote the uses of crops supporting regenerative rotations and perennial agriculture.

    View Artisan Grain Collaborative (a project of Fresh Taste)'s Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2019

    Spence Farm Foundation

    To support Springfield Bread Camp, a two-day immersive, hands-on program designed to promote the consumption of locally grown specialty grains and flour and to build relationships among growers, bakers, chefs, culinary educators, and consumers.

    View Spence Farm Foundation 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2019

    Universtiy of Illinois - Carle Illinois College of Medicine

    To support an initial quarterly health fair developed by medical students with local community partners dedicated to healthy eating and physical activity.

    View Universtiy of Illinois - Carle Illinois College of Medicine 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2019

    The Nature Conservancy

    To support development of the Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (S.T.A.R.) program by the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District, and to support the S.T.A.R. program’s internal processes, while expanding outreach for the program to multiple counties in East Central IL, including Douglas and Coles Counties.

    View The Nature Conservancy's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2019

    IPM Institute of North America - Midwest Goes Green

    To support the Midwest Grows Green (MGG) pilot composting program with the City of Urbana and the Urbana Park District.

    View IPM Institute of North America - Midwest Goes Green's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2019

    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, CommunitySpring2019

    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, CommunitySpring2019

    Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District Foundation

    To host a 3-part cover crop series for farmers and landowners from Coles County and surrounding areas as well as 6-part educational series on urban lawn care featuring rain gardens, pollinator friendly plants, and other sustainable practices.

    View Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District Foundation 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunitySpring2019

    Douglas-Hart Nature Center Foundation

    To add identification signs with post markers, additional trees and shrubs and a trail guide featuring labeled specimens distributed to the community.

    View Douglas-Hart Nature Center Foundation 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2019

    The University of Illinois Extension

    To support the development of a watershed plan for the upper portion of the Little Wabash River Watershed which will identify causes of impairment and pollution to water quality in the watershed and suggest best management practices to reduce pollutant loads

    View The University of Illinois Extension 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2019

    The Land Connection

    To fund programs that include: increasing farmer knowledge on sustainable farming practices, growing beginner farm businesses, providing the community access to healthy, locally grown foods, and expanding public awareness of the importance of a local food system.

    View The Land Connection 's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2019

    Greenleaf Communities

    To support the organization of a two-day workshop at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois that will bring together leaders and stakeholders from across many sectors such as sustainable agriculture practitioners, sensing technology researchers and manufacturers, agricultural researchers and engineers, Extension services, and environmental non-profit organizations.

    View Greenleaf Communities's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2019

    Champaign County Forest Preserve District Foundation

    To fund the designs for a new nature center at Homer Lake Forest Preserve.

    View Champaign County Forest Preserve District Foundation's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2019

    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 2019

    Sola Gratia Farm

    To fund the transitioning of Sola Gratia Farm to be a year-round source of fresh, healthy food for the community.

    View Sola Gratia Farm's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2019

    Ballard Nature Center

    To enhance the native landscaping around the visitor center, focusing on plants that benefit pollinators and the installment of a drinking fountain system that includes a water bottle filling station.  To influence visitors to landscape for wildlife and be mindful of plastic pollution.

    View Ballard Nature Center's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2019

    Rodale Institute

    To support the Organic Farmer's Association's training of ECI farmers around farming policy strategies while providing them the opportunity to educate policymakers in Washington, D.C. about the challenges and strategies of East Central Illinois organic farmers.

    View Rodale Institute's Website
  • Land, Health, CommunityFall 2019

    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 2019

    The Conservation Fund

    To expand on the Illinois Farmland Conservation Initiative which consists of outreach, cultivation, and convening partners in the region to encourage farmland protection in Illinois.

    View The Conservation Fund's Website
  • 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

Nature-Based Climate Action Program

  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    Delta Institute

    To advance agroforestry goals at Zumwalt Acres by developing a nursery for fruit shrubs and nut trees, which will ultimately be transplanted into an agroforest with wind breaks, alley cropping, and multi-story cropping. And to build upon Zumwalt's current production of biochar--a form of carbonized organic material that helps sequester carbon and increase soil fertility--by integrating it with compost and basalt rock to create a carbon-capturing soil amendment. 

    View Delta Institute's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    The Conservation Fund

    To collaborate with Delta Institute to engage farmers in East-Central Illinois in carbon drawdown through nature-based agricultural practices. The elements include a carefully designed outreach strategy in partnership with Soil and Water Conservation Districts; an incentive payment framework using science from the new Soil Enrichment Protocol; and quantification of soil carbon sequestered.

    View The Conservation Fund's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

    To amplify the voice of partners in East Central Illinois and beyond to promote local ordinances which allow citizens greater autonomy in converting portions of their properties into natural landscapes. IECEF’s Conservation Program demonstrates to decision makers the value of natural areas as a strong mitigation tool in the fight against the impacts of climate change and utilizes our robust communications platforms and local media to share impactful stories to protect our planet and improve the health of East Central Illinois.

    View Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    Greenleaf Communities

    To build a network of farmers in central Illinois connected to others in the Midwest who practice regenerative agriculture to generate productive yields while sequestering carbon.

    View Greenleaf Communities's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    Savanna Institute

    To establish and maintain 250 acres of agroforestry in Champaign and Piatt Counties. The plantings will focus on alley cropping and windbreaks, two of the top nature-based climate solutions identified for the US. Implementation will occur across 2-3 privately owned farms under long-term leases by the Savanna Institute.

    View Savanna Institute's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    City of Urbana

    To build upon past work and expand their portfolio of Nature & Urban Biodiversity efforts, including the Lumpkin Family Foundation funded Midwest Grows Green program. To understand where gaps exist in the street tree specific canopy and the total community canopy. Additionally, the City seeks to understand where vacant tree sites co-occur with urban heat concentrations as determined by satellite thermal imaging. Finally, the City seeks to understand where vacant tree sites and/or urban heat co-occur with Environmental Justice (EJ) Zones as determined by Illinois Solar For All program. Tree plantings will be determined in accordance with study findings.

    View City of Urbana's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    North Lake Community Development

    To begin the first phases of Project Green Tree: to partner with a conservation engineer to generate a plan for native plantings around and on the banks of Asa Creek to reduce agricultural runoff and improve the quality of water draining into Asa Creek, part of the Kaskaskia River watershed; to develop a 10-acre native tree nursery on a City-owned area currently in row crops which will be taken out of production; and to add prairie grass/pollinator plantings and educational signage to the developing trail and wildlife corridor around Asa Creek.

    View North Lake Community Development's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    Urban Forest Carbon Registry/City Forest Credits

    To create a carbon credit program for small communities and landowners in Central IL – something possible but never done before. CFC brings to this project the knowledge and national experience, carbon protocols, and carbon registry to build out the project framework to issue credits to projects in smaller communities and landowners.

    View Urban Forest Carbon Registry/City Forest Credits's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    City of Mattoon

    To plant 100 trees in 2021 and 2022 (50 trees per year) on City boulevards.  Tree replacements will be offered to residents who have had boulevard trees removed in the past year with plans to make the project an annual event. The City of Mattoon Tree Commission will coordinate the program.

    View City of Mattoon's Website
  • Nature-Based Climate Action Program2020

    Faith in Place

    To engage houses of worship throughout East Central Illinois to implement nature-based climate action, e.g., tree planting and prairie restoration. In addition to increasing faith-community-owned acreage for nature-based climate action purposes, this project’s educational outreach to houses of worship offers strong potential for ripple-effect outcomes, e.g., faith community (congregation) members adopting nature-based strategies on their private properties as well as expanded public awareness and support for climate action.

    View Faith in Place's Website