Community Assistance Fund (CAF) Grants are awarded twice per year to organizations and groups in the Champaign-Urbana area who demonstrate need and whose missions align with JLCU focus areas. JLCU focus areas include literacy, school preparedness, women, health and hunger, and child protection and welfare.
In October, we announced the seven recipients of a total of $1,750 in CAF grants.
So what exactly are CAF Grants? CAF stands for Community Assistance Fund (CAF). These grants respond to the financial needs of many nonprofit organizations in Champaign-Urbana.
Why is CAF important to JLCU? CAF grants specifically are geared towards programs that are related to JLCU’s focus areas that include: child protection and welfare, families, health, hunger, literacy, shelter, school preparedness, volunteerism, and women.
The Spring 2015 CAF Grant Recipients were awarded to the following organizations for their causes:
The Reading Group was awarded $400 for children’s nooks for older children who read below their grade level.
Dream Girls Academy was awarded $950 for curriculum for girls’ 6th grade+ to foster life-long learning and the prevention of domestic violence and child abuse.
Girls on the Run (Stephens Family YMCA) was awarded $140 for curriculum books designed to help girls grades 3 through 5 with life skills.
Previous recipients include: Carrie Busey Elementary School PTA, Crisis Nursery, The GOALS Project, Family Advocacy in Champaign County, Student Opportunities for After School Resources, The Center for Women in Transition, and SmileHealthy for a variety of projects and programs related to JLCU’s focus areas.
The Fall 2015 CAF Grants Application is now available! Applications are due on September 30, 2015. The CAF Committee will be reviewing submissions and organizations will be notified by October 31st.