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MATTOON -- The Lumpkin Family Foundation has announced recipients of its fall grantmaking cycle in East Central Illinois.

According to a press release, the Lumpkin Family Foundation works toward a long-term vision of holistically healthy communities as captured by the theme "Land, Health, Community."

The foundation welcomes grant proposals from organizations working in communities across East Central Illinois that:

  • Promote personal health through widespread availability and consumption of healthy, affordable food;
  • Grow the local agricultural economy, sustaining and creating new, viable farm and farm-related businesses;
  • Develop, promote and scale innovative green practices that add productive value to farms while protecting the land for future generations; and,
  • Encourage community engagement and collaboration, policy development and research around agriculture and rural development.

As Lumpkin Family Foundation Executive Director Bruce Karmazin noted: "We were delighted by the response to Land, Health, Community and believe these projects can make a meaningful difference in the rural communities where these grantees work."

Fall 2017 grant recipients include:

Coles County Health Department: $5,000 to expand the community garden and increase educational programs for the community.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance: $25,000 to expand an economically and socially just local food and farm system in Illinois that connects local, family famers with markets to drive local food consumption.

Prairie Rivers Network: $60,000 to support regenerative and ecologically diverse farms in East Central Illinois and expand locally grown foods and local food economies through ReGenerate IL and the IDEA Farm Network. Savanna Institute: $20,075 to support absentee landowners to adopt agroforestry practices in East Central Illinois by helping them work together on shared goals of healthy land, clean water, and a resilient agricultural economy.

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