Our annual grant cycle

The Turnout is Galesburg Community Foundation’s annual grant process that engages and empowers donors, community stakeholders, and nonprofits. Through The Turnout, funders have the opportunity to learn about the work of local nonprofits and support the causes they care about, elevating the culture of philanthropy in our region.

Apply for The Turnout

The Turnout is open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit or public charities, schools, churches, and government agencies serving residents of Knox and Warren Counties. Organizations that receive grants will be fully funded.

Nonprofit organizations seeking funding for their projects or programs submit grant applications during the application period from May 1-15. These applications require information about the organization, its mission, and the project’s objectives, budget, and expected outcomes. 

The Community Foundation Grants Committee assesses the proposals based on specific criteria that measure impact on the community and the organization’s capacity to carry out the project. Recommended projects are then approved by the Community Foundation Board of Directors.

Nonprofits are notified whether they are a recipient of a Turnout grant in early July and receive their award within a few weeks of notification. Organizations that receive grants will be funded for the full amount of their request. Grantees are required to provide a follow-up report on their projects to ensure transparency and accountability.

Turnout funding

The Turnout Grant Cycle is funded through the Foundation’s Community Impact Fund, which is comprised of unrestricted resources from generous community donors and from individuals who hold Donor Advised Funds at the Community Foundation. The Turnout connects community members who love their community with local nonprofits providing valuable services in Knox and Warren Counties.

Jillian Isaacson

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For more information about The Turnout Grant Cycle, call Jillian Isaacson, Director of Grants & Programs, at 309.344.8898.

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Haley Sloss

Charitable Giving Coordinator

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Haley provides support to enhance the function and success of the Charitable Giving and Affiliate Teams. She ensures donors receive a personal approach to philanthropy through outstanding customer service by supporting charitable giving for donors and fund holders across the state.