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Smith Charitable Foundation

Rockford, IL

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must meet all of the
following criteria

  • Be a 501(c)3 Organization
  • Serve people in Rockford, IL or a nearby community.
  • Have a proposed project that addresses Environment, Education or Arts & Culture.

Is Your Organization a Good Fit For Funding?

Funding Interest of the Smith Charitable Foundation

The Smith Charitable Foundation funds project in three major areas

  1. Environmental
  2. Education
  3. Arts & Culture

The Board of the Smith Charitable Foundation, only considers proposals that fall within these areas of Interest. Organization that do not fall within these three areas are unlikely to be invited to submit a grant proposal.

Making an application

How Does the Application Process Work?

The Application Process is designed to identify projects that are a best fit to the foundation’s interest and filter out projects that are have a poor chance of being funded. This saves time for both requesting organizations and the Foundation’s Board.


  • Organizations that meet the requirements to apply and have a project proposal that falls within the areas of interest of the Foundation are invite to make an inquiry.
  • The inquiry is a simple online form that collects contact information and confirms the organization’s eligibility. In it a brief outline of the funding request is provided.
  • A representative of the Board will respond either declining to pursue the request or inviting the applicant to submit a full proposal with supporting documents.
  • Organizations invited to submit an application will then use the website to complete the application and upload all related documents.
  • All application materials and documentation must be submitted by September 15th of each year.
  • After the application deadline the Board of the Foundation meets to make decisions about project funding for the upcoming year.

Do You Meet all the Criteria?

Make an Inquiry

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Apply

Applicants must meet the following three criteria

  • Be a 501(c)3 or registered charitable organization
  • Serve people in Rockford, IL or a nearby community.
  • Have a proposed project related to:
    • Environment
    • Education
    • Arts & Culture

What are the Application Procedures

  • Submit an Inquiry using the webform
  • Promising Inquiries will be invited to submit a complete application
  • Submit your COmplete application by the due date.


When are Applications Due

Final applications are due September 15th for funding requests for the following year.

Initial inquiries can be submitted at any time.

Foundation Contact Information

Correspondence, applications and other business of the foundation is conducted through email and online forms.

Mailing Address for the Smith Charitable Foundation 

Smith Charitable Foundation
6701 N Main St, Suite 101
Rockford, IL 61103

our story

History of the Smith Charitable Foundation

The Smith Charitable Foundation was created …¬†