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Arts & Learning

The Lumpkin family has a proud history of support for arts organizations and educational institutions in East Central Illinois and communities across the country where family members live. These organizations contribute significantly to the country’s quality of life in themselves and they inspire innovation and creativity across society with enormous positive social and economic returns.      

In areas outside of East Central Illinois, in communities where family members live, we accept applications through the Regional Grants Fund for youth-based arts and/or mentoring programs.  Members are particularly interested in programs that target disadvantaged young people between grades eight and ten because they understand this to be a critical period in formulating a positive life view and establishing good decision-making patterns.  Please note that this program is undergoing a review in 2015 which may result in a change of program area in 2016. 

In East Central Illinois, The Foundation accepts applications through the Lumpkin Family Fund process from educational and arts organizations as their work relates to the theme, Land, Health, Community.  This represents a departure for the Foundation from recent years when we welcomed proposals for the direct mission work of arts and education organizations.  Please see the Land, Health, Community page for more information.  If after reading these sections you have any questions or concerns, please call us! 

In addition, The Foundation supports strong nonprofits in the region with grants for organizational development and training.  As an organization, we practice continuous learning and we support nonprofits in East Central Illinois to do the same.  We do this through the micro-grant program administered by our local community foundation partners through the virtual nonprofit network Good Works CONNECT.  Click here to apply for a micro-grant.

For Lumpkin Family Fund or Regional Grants Fund inquiries, contact:

Amanda Standerfer, Program Officer

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