Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation of the Great River Bend's grantmaking work honors each donor’s charitable wishes and strengthens nonprofits in our region.  Check out our grant opportunities, click on the links to learn more, and consider applying for a grant today.

Wondering if a particular grant opportunity applies to you? Call our Grantmaking staff at 563-326-2840 to talk over your ideas and find the best fit.

Grant Program Geographic Area   Focus Area Open Date  Close Date Date Awarded Amount Awarded (per app)
Supports projects that make the Quad Cities region more cool, creative, connected and prosperous. Preference given to applications that build your organization's capacity to carry out your mission.
Scott County,
Rock Island County

Program, Operations, or Capacity Building

February 1 Last date of each month, ending November 30 Awarded monthly by the 20th Up to $2,500

Nonprofit Capacity Building
Focuses on capacity-building projects that improve an area of your organizational capacity. You first submit an LOI and then are invited to complete a full application.

Scott County,
Rock Island County
Capacity Building Letter of Interest accepted beginning February 1 Letter of Interest due March 15 & September 1 June 15 & November 30

Up to $15,000

Teens for Tomorrow
2018 areas of focus are Environment, Human Rights, Human Trafficking and Mental Health.

Scott County,
Rock Island County
Varies January 15 March 1 Early May Up to $2,500
Chip Sunderbruch Memorial Risk Management
May be used for projects that will improve safety for your organization.
Scott County

Safety and Risk Management

April 1 May 10 June 15 Up to $1,000

The Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fund
Awards grants in the Quad Cities area for arts and culture, community development, education, health, and youth development.

60-mile radius of
Rock Island County

Arts and Culture; Community Development; Education; Health; Youth Development

Letter of Interest accepted February 1 Letter of Interest due May 31 Mid-October


Mark W. Schwiebert Fund for Environmental Studies
Funds projects that educate the public on environmental challenges posed by climate change and natural resource depletion, or projects that mitigate those challenges.

Henry, Mercer or Rock Island, Clinton, Muscatine, or
Scott Counties


February 1

April 30

Early June

Up to $2,500

John J. Quail Foundation Fund
Awards grants to arts and culture projects and meets organizations' small emergency needs.

Scott County,
Rock Island County
Arts and Culture April 1 May 10 June 15 $500-$1,000

Roy E. Murray Foundation Fund
Supports organizations that promote youth activities, and your nonprofit's small emergencies.

Scott County,
Rock Island County


April 1 May 10 June 15 $500-$1,000

Isabel Bloom Art Education Fund
Enhances visual arts education in primary and secondary schools.

Scott County,
Rock Island County
Visual Arts Education August 1 September 30 End of October


Grant W. Brissman and Virginia M. Brissman Foundation
Improve the quality of life in the Village of Milan, Illinois by funding work that enhances youth development, community development, cultural activities, or underprivileged people.

Milan, Illinois

Youth Development; Community Development; Cultural Activities; Human Services

August 15 October 1 Late November

Up to $10,000


In addition to the grant opportunities available in Scott County and Rock Island County, grants are available for regional communities through our Geographic Affiliate Funds. Details are below.

Grant Program Geographic Area   Focus Area Open Date  Close Date Date Awarded Amount Awarded (per app)
FACE Community Impact Fund
Funds needs like building your organization’s capacity to serve, a project or activity, or critical equipment and technology needs.
Fulton, Illinois


Aug 29 Oct 15 Late Oct $250-$1,000
D.S. Flikkema Foundation Fund
Supports projects that address your organization's capacity to serve, technological or critical equipment needs.
Fulton, Illinois

Education; Community Development; Religion; Human Services

April 17 May 31 Mid-June Varies

Fulton Gardens Fund
Supports projects that impact existing gardens. Grants may also be awarded to support new public garden areas in Fulton.

Fulton, Illinois Public Gardens Feb 1 Mar 5 Mid-Mar $250-$700

Morrison Area Community Foundation
Seeks to enhance and improve the educational, cultural, recreational and economic environment of the City of Morrison and surrounding areas.

Morrison, Illinois, and surrounding area


Feb 15

Mar 31 Varies Varies

Mount Carroll Community Foundation
Awards grants in the fields of health and human services, education, the arts, the environment, youth services, and social services.

Mount Carroll, Illinois Varies Apr 24 June 30 Varies


Community Foundation of Cedar County
Enhances the quality of life in communities we serve by encouraging permanent charitable giving to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Cedar County


Nov 10 Feb 15 Late Mar Varies

Community Foundation of the North Lee County
Supports your organization to fulfill our mission to better our community by connecting people.

North Lee County Varies Mar 1 Apr 28 Varies Varies

Community Foundation of Van Buren County
Impacts a wide range of needs in the community that contribute to the qualifty of life in Van Buren County.

Van Buren County Varies Jan 1 Mar 15 Mid-April


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