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MATTOON -- The Lumpkin Family Foundation has announced the recipients of its fall grant-making program 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 variety of proposals we received, and the opportunity these projects have to make a real difference in people’s lives."

Fall 2018 grant recipients include:

Environmental Education Association of Illinois: $5,000 to support the 2019 Illinois Environmental Education Conference, which will bring more than 100 educators together in Mattoon to gain the latest in knowledge, skills, and resources in the field of environmental education.

Rural Schools Collaborative: $2,800 to support efforts to build interest and capacity in local farm-to-school projects in east central Illinois by conducting site visits to a farm-to-school network in Cambridge, Wisconsin.

Savanna Institute: $35,000 for launching an Agroforestry Research & Demonstration (R&D) Farm at Allerton Park in Monticello to catalyze agroforestry adoption in the Midwest.

SIU School of Medicine Dept. of Population Science and Policy: $12,000 to support a research project that will provide a comprehensive picture of family health and give families in Douglas County better strategies to achieve adequate nutrition.

Sola Gratia Farm: $5,000 to improve soil fertility on an additional five acres of cropland to expand vegetable production and outreach efforts in the Champaign-Urbana area.

Sullivan Elementary School Community Garden: $7,294 to support a school initiative that allows students in preschool through fourth grade to work in and learn about a structured school garden and encourages community outreach.

Grantees with a history of support from the Lumpkin Family Foundation may be invited to participate in a core grant program that provides multi-year operational support.

New fall 2018 core grantee recipients include:

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.

Recurring Core Grants:

The Land Connection: $15,000 to create a stronger local food system by increasing access to resources that help farm businesses be resilient and viable for a regional sustainable agricultural economy.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance: $25,000 to provide programs that connect farmers and buyers, challenge consumers to invest in quality food that meets their values, and engage our members in driving community and political leadership to transform how we feed ourselves, how our land is cared for, and by whom in east central Illinois.

The Lumpkin Family Foundation will begin its spring 2019 grant-making cycle in January by accepting Letters of Inquiry.

For more information, visit www.lumpkinfoundation.org.

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