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Spring Grant Cycles Underway

Brenten Witherby, Vice President, Commercial Services

Attention Not-for-Profit Organizations: Spring Grant Cycles are Underway… So, Get Your Grant Applications In! Alpine Bank is dedicated to helping people, businesses and our communities succeed.  In fact, our focus on supporting and strengthening our communities has been a central part of our mission since we first opened our doors in 1908. Likewise, since 1961, the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) has served as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, grow, and preserve a permanent endowment for the needs of the people of Boone, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties.  As a local leader in philanthropy, CFNIL reports more than $85 million in assets, more than 400 individual funds, and is approximately 90% endowed. Although it may take some time and effort, applying for grants can be critical in providing your not-for-profit the necessary dollars to achieve its mission. Stay educated and informed as to which grants your organization is eligible for and make sure you’re aware of deadlines. In the fall of 2015 alone, CFNIL responded to community need by approving grants totaling more than $1 million.  Recipients included not-for-profits serving Arts & Humanities, Education, Health, Human Services, Sustainable Development, and Youth & Families. A full summary of CFNIL’s fall 2015 grant activity is available for review. It is not too late to submit an application on behalf of your 501c(3).  The Spring Grant Cycle closes on April 1st.  I encourage you to learn more about CNFL's grant programs and to see how easy it is to register and submit an application online. Brenten Witherby is a commercial lender with Alpine Bank and is proud to serve two such long standing organizations with a rich history of giving and community involvement.  Brenten is currently in his second term as a Trustee of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and serves on several grant making committees.

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