Freeport Community Foundation announces nominations are open for the 2017 Matthew A. Marvin Community Impact Award. This award recognizes the importance of philanthropy and giving back to residents of Northwest Illinois. In addition to the recognition, the recipient is awarded $1,000 to present to the winner’s chosen non-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization.

The Impact Award honors an individual whose vision, humility, dedication, and enthusiasm positively impacts the community.

Nomination Criteria:

    • Narrative: Describe nominee’s contributions and community impact.
    • Nominations are due at the Foundation office by September 13.  Prior winners of the award: Matthew A. Marvin (2013), David A Steenrod (posthumously 2014), Alan Wenzel (2015) and Bill Kloos (2016).
    • Click here for nomination form.  You may also call or email the Foundation to request a copy of this form.
    • The recipient will be announced at the Foundation’s Fall Grant and Donor Reception on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at the Eagles Club, 1200 West Galena Avenue, Freeport, IL.


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Freeport Community Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for its fall 2017 grant cycle. On-line application procedure and grant guidelines are available on our website (look under Grants tab) , by calling the Foundation at 815-801-3035, or emailing to

Online registration is required of all FCF grant applicants. Please go to and follow the instructions for help completing the registration. The online grant application is found at

Online applications must be submitted to the Freeport Community Foundation by 4:00 pm. Friday, September 1, 2017. Any 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization in Stephenson, Jo Daviess, and Carroll Counties and the surrounding northwest Illinois communities may apply.

The Freeport Community Foundation is particularly interested in funding initiatives that are collaborative, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of the community.

Grant awards will be announced at the Foundation’s annual fall grant reception to be held at the Eagles Club on Thursday, October 26, 2017.


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