All applicants must complete a two-page application form. The application requires that the applicant provide a brief description of the project for which funds are being requested and verification of the applicant's Internal Revenue Service 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. 

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Grant Calendar

Applications must be postmarked by July 1, 2019. 

Grants will be announced by the Board of Governors in writing at a date and time to e announced.

Distribution Decisions

The Board of Governors consists of eight carefully selected Rock Island residents who serve three-year terms without compensation. The Board determines, at least annually, which local agencies or organizations will receive financial assistance from the Foundation.


The Foundation supports a wide variety of community projects which improve or preserve the quality of life in Rock Island, however, the Foundation does not normally fund for the following purposes:

  1. Organizations and causes outside of the Rock Island metropolitan area.

  2. Organizations and programs designed to influence legislation or elect candidates to public office.

  3. Individuals.

  4. Sectarian or religious organizations whose services are limited to members of any one religious group.

  5. Trips, tours, tickets or tables for benefit purposes.

  6. Advertising for benefit purposes.

  7. Annual operating expenses for programs.

  8. Commitments requiring payment from future Foundation income.

New This Year

If you have digital versions of the necessary documents, including your IRS Determination Letter, you may fill out your application online:

As in past years, you may also send a paper copy of your application, IRS Determination letter, and any other relevant documents, to the Rock Island Community Foundation directly:

Rock Island Community Foundation
1800 3rd Avenue, Suite 302
Rock Island, IL 61204-3331

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