Knoxville Community Fund

The Knoxville Community Fund is a fund of the Galesburg Community Foundation. It was developed in 2015 when the community raised $25,000, which was matched by the Foundation for an initial investment of more than $50,000.

The Knoxville Community Fund has been granting awards to the community for eight years. Recent grant recipients include Knoxville Junior High School for an author visit, First Christian Church for structural repairs, Blessings in a Backpack weekend meals for area students, and seven mini grants to Knoxville teachers to assist their curriculums. Funds have also been allocated to assist in beautification efforts by planting trees around Knoxville.

Continued growth of the permanently endowed Knoxville Community Fund ensures that community needs are met today and well into the future. Guided by an advisory board, the fund supports the services and needs of Knoxville. Since the fund is endowed, the more the fund grows, the more dollars available each year to grant into the community.

Galesburg Community Foundation provides professional investment and administrative management for the Knoxville Community Fund, freeing up advisory board members to focus on donor relations and grant awards. Learn more about community funds.

Advisory Board Members

  • Mary Austin
  • Mandy Balser
  • Tim Engebretson
  • Chris Hroziencik
  • Toby Myers
  • David Wilt
  • Brett Wright

Ways to Give

  • Give to the Knoxville Community Fund online.
  • Mail a check to Galesburg Community Foundation / 246 E. Main Street, Suite 101 / Galesburg, IL 61041. Checks should be made payable to Galesburg Community Foundation with “Knoxville Community Fund” listed in the memo.
  • Schedule an appointment to learn how you can leave a gift to the Knoxville Community Fund through appreciated assets, grain, an individual retirement account, or in your will or estate. Call 309.344.8898 or reach out to us online at

Apply For Community or Teacher Grants

The Knoxville Community Fund offers community and teacher mini grants. These grant opportunities fund projects that shape the future and promote the wellbeing of the Knoxville community.

All Knoxville 501(c)(3) nonprofit or public charities, including churches, schools, and government agencies, are eligible to apply for a community grant. Download the community grant application.

To enhance the classroom experience at Knoxville School District 202, the Knoxville Community Fund is offering an ongoing grant program for Knoxville teachers. Through this grant, Knoxville teachers can apply for up to $500 per teacher, per year. Awarded funds may be accessed through the District office and must be spent by the close of the following school year. Applications open March 1 and close April 24. Download the teacher mini grant application.

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