The Lumpkin Family Fund makes grants to organizations working in East Central Illinois toward long term improvements in the following mission areas:

  • Environmental Health;
  • Preventative (human) Health;
  • Education and Community Access to the Arts; and,
  • Civic Engagement and Community/Nonprofit Organizational Leadership.

This is The Foundation's largest program, reflecting the Lumpkin family's historic connection and commitment to the community. The Lumpkin Family Foundation is committed to spending a minimum of 50 percent of its annual grant-making budget on projects in Central Illinois.


Proposals will be considered from eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and municipalities which meet the

following criteria:

Reflect The Lumpkin Family Foundation's mission of supporting people pursuing innovation and long-lasting improvements in the environment, health, education, and community access to the arts.

Serve the community without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, or religion.

Keep books available for regular independent outside audit, and make results available to all potential contributors.

Comply with applicable laws regarding registration and reporting.


The Lumpkin Family Foundation accepts grant applications annually of up to $5,000 from organizations in the geographic areas listed below whose mission is education enrichment.

Grant Process

Applications are submitted online. the first step is the submission of a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Your LOI will be reviewed by the Committee responsible for that grant program to determine whether the proposed effort fits sufficiently within Our Mission and Program Goals to merit further review. If so, we will invite you to submit a full application. Once we receive the full application, we might call to schedule a site visit. The Committee evaluates applications based again on relevance to Program Goals and its annual budget. Committees are comprised of family members and community leaders.

We schedule site visits with many organizations from whom we have invited an application. A site visit should take about an hour. A member of staff, or sometimes a Committee Member, will stop by. There is no formal agenda and no need to prepare a special presentation. Please remember, we are not experts in your field. We just want to get to know you and have a conversation about your work and the application. We may have questions or need clarification about the application. It would be great to have the lead staff contact and/or board member available to meet with us.

If your organization is awarded a grant, we will require a report so we can know more about how your project went and learn for future grant-making.


Bruce Karmazin, Executive Director