Grow Spring Valley

Formerly known as the Spring Valley Boosters, Grow Spring Valley comprises a dynamic assembly of residents and entrepreneurs committed to maximizing the potential of the city’s 5,400-strong community. The organization is unwavering in its dedication to reinvigorating the downtown area, expanding economic horizons to encompass Interstate 80, and enriching overall quality of life. Noteworthy contributions […]

Believe in Uganda Field of Interest Fund

From her first exposure to the people of Kohondo, Uganda, located southwest of Kampala, Debbie Damron, an Ottawa resident, knew she was called to help combat the sometimes horrendous conditions that existed with respect to the lack of clean water, adequate hygiene, education, medical care, disease prevention, and even minimal resources for sufficient food. Making […]

Transforming Ugandan Farmers (TUF)

< Back Transforming Ugandan Farmers (TUF) Click here to find out more about our Harvest Hand Up fundraiser event For many years, the Schmidt family, friends, and colleagues have worked tirelessly to support the poorest of the poor in the Kamwenge District of Uganda. Not only have the Schmidt’s, and a number of caring fellow […]

The Giving Initiative

In the words of the fundholder, Erin Stuedemann… “Marseilles and Seneca are small in population and abundant in natural beauty. I’ve served these close-knit rural communities for decades, and I believe with the creation of this Designated Fund, I can make a positive impact in our community and so can you.” 

Seneca Covid-19 Fund

Currently, we accept applications for assistance with rent, food, and utilities. If selected to receive a grant, we will need you to provide the appropriate payee and account information so that funds may be dispersed directly to the appropriate billing offices. You also may need to provide account statements, lease agreements, etc, so that the […]

Reimagine Mendota

There’s something special about every town: places, traditions, and attitudes. These all draw people to a place that they care about and live. Like many small towns, businesses have relocated, and numerous downtown stores remain empty. Unlike other communities though, Mendota has recently had fires that two of the three main street buildings in rubble. […]

Princeton Main Street Revitalization Fund

Currently, a community-based planning process, funded by the Richard Driehaus Foundation, is developing a renewed vision for Main Street, and a multiyear plan to improve the streetscape, public squares and historic buildings. Landmarks Illinois is coordinating the nomination of Princeton’s historic North and South Main business districts to the National Register of Historic Places, and […]

Pistol Shrimp Foundation Fiscal Sponsorship

Who are the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp? Founded in 2019 and named for the “deadliest animal on the planet,” the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp are a collegiate wood bat baseball team that competes in the historic 18-team Prospect League that spans 7 Midwest states from Iowa to Pennsylvania and down to Tennessee. The team is […]

Ottawa/Naplate Tornado Relief Fund

100% of contributions made to Disaster Relief Funds are used for LOCAL recovery efforts and no administrative fees assessed against the Fund. The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation will coordinate disaster relief efforts with other appropriate agencies in the community. All financial contributions made for Disaster Recovery will be restricted for use ONLY for local […]

Ottawa Family Pride Fund

The Festival is celebrated every year during June (Pride Month) and raises money every year to go to the Youth Outlook Drop-in Center in Ottawa, which is a local branch of a NonProfit organization that provides a safe space for Youth ages 12-20 to meet once a month. This is a life-saving program that covers […]