Community Innovation Fund Grant Program

The Harper College Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant program that provides funding to non-profit organizations in Harper’s district seeking funding to support the equity, diversity, and economic goals of the Community Innovation Fund Grant (CIFG) program.

The CIFG program provides up to $100,000 annually to eligible non-profits that provide programs, activities, and services that align with and support the three CIFG program goals and outcomes below. 


Provide equity in living, learning, teaching, and working environments; recognize everyone has a different starting point and individual needs; provide support and access to resources for all members of Harper’s community; and find solutions to remedy equity gaps.


Build, strengthen, and maintain a respectful and safe community where inclusivity and open exchange of ideas are encouraged and supported; operate from an individual and collective awareness of the dynamics of social identity and inequality; and identify and remove unjust barriers that limit our realization of an inclusive community.

Economic Mobility

Improve the ability of underserved and marginalized individuals in Harper’s district communities to move up the economic ladder by creating intragenerational mobility through training and education that leads to in-demand, living-wage jobs in regional industries.

Important Dates
Grant Announced April 26, 2022
Webinar (will be recorded) May 4, 2022
Application Due Date June 1, 2022
Award Selections Made June 2022
Grant Period July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Program Focus and Grant Amounts

Grant projects must focus on one or more of the three program goals stated above and include uplifting activities with long-lasting outcomes that are measurable and positively impactful to chronically underserved communities and the individuals who live there.

Organizations must perform all grant activities in Harper’s service area. For a map of Harper’s district boundaries, visit Community College District #512.

One organization will be selected for a $50,000 grant and up to five organizations will be awarded up to $10,000 each.

Eligible Organizations

This program makes grants only to non-profit entities that are external to Harper College, including, but not limited to:

  • Non-profit organizations that have status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code
  •  Public libraries 
  • Community-based organizations 
  • Educational foundations 
  • Community resource centers 
  • Religious organizations providing support services such as food, housing, and healthcare assistance

To be considered, applicants must submit their application along with the organization’s most recent annual audited financial statements, a signed W-9 for the organization, and IRS determination letter verifying non-profit status.

Preference is given to organizations with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less. 

To learn more about the program, visit the CIFG FAQ page.

Next Steps

  1. Applications submitted by June 1, 2022 are now under review by the CIFG award committee.
  2. Awards are expected to be announced by June 30, 2022.
Last Updated: 8/15/22