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DECATUR — The Community Foundation of Macon County will be giving 10 non-profit organizations grant money in 2019 after an anonymous donation of $300,000.

The grant cycle for the newly announced Community Engagement Grant Program began Tuesday and will run through 5 p.m. May 17, foundation Vice President Dani Craft said at a news conference Tuesday.

The funding priority for 2019 is youth and education, Craft said. A sample of programs the grant could possibly fund are programs that expand educational opportunities, foster creativity and enhance academic experiences for youth in Macon County.

"Those programs that work and support disadvantaged youth and also those who provide education service, child care and help families in our community," are also eligible, Craft said. Other examples of possible recipients include organizations or programs supporting youth development, and especially youth leadership.

Recipients of the grants will be notified June 30, and a celebratory event to commemorate the launching will be July 23.

Craft said a lot of grant processes are burdensome, but following the anonymous donor's wishes, the Community Foundation hopes to make the process as easy as possible.

Eligible agencies can be faith-based foundations that work with youth or even some schools, she said. The foundation will likely have an overflow of applicants to choose from, Craft said.

Agencies interested in applying can visit the Community Foundation of Macon County's website or Facebook page.

Questions about the competitive grant cycle and application process can be directed to Craft at (217) 429-3000 or dcraft@edco4kids.org.

The Community Foundation of Macon County was able to grant 298 organizations over $3.6 million in 2018. More than $5.85 million in donations was received in 2018.

This new program will have a different funding priority each of the three years, so money will go toward organizations with different focuses.

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Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. 

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