Things to know before you apply for a Turnout grant

Who can apply for a Turnout Grant?
The Turnout Grant cycle is open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit or public charities, including churches, schools, and government agencies serving Knox and Warren Counties.

When can I apply for a Turnout Grant?
The 2024 Turnout Grant Cycle opens at noon on May 1 and closes at 4 pm on May 15.

What period of time are the grants for?
Grants can be used for activities occurring from when the grant is awarded in early July through June of the following year.

What types of grants does the Turnout fund?

  • Education & Workforce Development: Programs and missions that attract, retain, train, educate, and sustain residents to revive economic climate in our communities.
  • Health & Human Service: Programs and missions that align, expand, collaborate, and maximize resources for positive sustainable community, individual, and family health and social services that improve the quality of life for all residents.
  • Community Enhancement & Art and Culture: Programs and missions that improve access, amenity, and quality of life and welcome and encourage population growth and economic stimulus.
  • Nonprofit Capacity, Mission Sustainability, and Reinvention: Programs and missions that inspire and encourage the untapped potential of the nonprofit sector.

What information do I need for the application?
See The Turnout Grant Cycle Application Questions (PDF)

What types of grants can I apply for through The Turnout?
Learn more about Capacity, General Operating, and Programmatic Grants and what is required when applying for each.

Can I apply for more than one grant?
Complete one application for all funding requests for your organization (one application per EIN). If you have a request that includes capacity and programmatic funding, apply for general operating. Keep in mind that all organizations that receive grants will be awarded 100% funding.

Can I make a capital request?
Capital requests (brick and mortar, vehicles, new construction, etc.) are not eligible in The Turnout grant cycle. Please contact our office for information on requesting dollars for capital projects at 309.344.8898.

What if my organization has affiliates and we share the same EIN number?
We only allow one EIN number per grant request, so you should coordinate with your affiliates to make sure the application includes the total request from all affiliates.

Are there things that I can do before the cycle opens?
Complete the nonprofit directory form. The form is used to provide organizational information to Galesburg Community Foundation and donors. Having current information in your nonprofit directory is important because there are charitable community members who will be able to view information about your organization and may choose to support you.

My organization has never applied for a grant through The Turnout. Do I need to wait until the cycle opens to get my login information?
We recommend you create an account on the grants portal. Once an account is created, complete the nonprofit directory form.

I am new to my organization, which has received Turnout grants in the past. Is there a way for me to see past applications?
Reach out to us at 309.344.8898 and we can provide previous applications.

What percentage of the amount that I apply for can I expect to be funded?
Turnout Grant requests that are selected for funding will receive 100% of their funding request. No partial funding will be awarded. Organizations are encouraged to consider additional funding partners for a more robust application.

How do you determine who receives funding?
Information submitted in the grant application will be shared with generous individuals who hold Donor Advised Funds at the Community Foundation as well as our grant committee, which is comprised of local community members.

How to apply for a Turnout Grant

Where do I apply for a Turnout grant?
Access the grant application by logging into the grants portal. PLEASE NOTE: This is a new grants portal and you will need to create a new account. Please use a login that is unique to you. Each grant contact at your organization will need to set up their own login.

What browser is best to use when applying for The Turnout?
The preferred browser is Chrome. Do not use Edge or Firefox. It is recommended that you save frequently to not lose any work.

If you receive a grant

When will I receive the grant?
Grants will be awarded in early July.

Is there any follow-up documentation that is required?
Online grant evaluations will be sent after the end date given in your application. You will have 30 days to complete and submit the evaluation.

How do I thank donors?
The funds that make your grant possible are listed in your award letter. Thank-you notes directed to these generous individuals can completed through the follow-up form or be dropped off at the Galesburg Community Foundation, 246 East Main, Galesburg, IL 61401.

Jillian Isaacson

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If you still have questions or want to receive communications about The Turnout, call Jillian Isaacson, Director of Grants & Programs, at 309.344.8898.

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