The City of Champaign is announcing the availability of funding for the 2024-2025 program year through the CommUnity Matters youth program, which operates from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025.

CommUnity Matters, founded in 2007, is a programmatic initiative that addresses safety, academic support, technology, recreation, career exploration and employment among City of Champaign youth.

Through this funding opportunity, the City of Champaign seeks to fund public or private non-profit agencies providing programs that meet the needs of students and youth from Pre-K through 18 years of age and residing within the City of Champaign. Proposals should target youth from low-income families with the goal of having a lasting impact on the community. Prioritization shall be given to programs serving youth from the target areas (Beardsley Park, Bristol Park, Garden Hills, and Douglass Park). However, low-income youth from any Champaign neighborhood may participate as space and funding allows.

The available public service funding amount is set by HUD through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and is limited to 15% of the City of Champaign’s CDBG annual allocation. The 2024-2025 allocation amount has not yet been announced. However, the public service allocation for the 2023-2024 program year was approximately $133,000.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically by completing the proposal packet linked below and emailing all the requested supporting documentation to [email protected]. Please note that proposals submitted without the necessary documentation will be incomplete and may affect funding consideration.

The deadline for submission is Friday, May 10th, 2024, at 4:00 p.m. CST.

 *To learn more about this funding opportunity, please contact Shelby Mammano, Community Development Specialist, at [email protected] or 217-403-7070.