John M. Scott Grants Program

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Annual Budget 

The annual grant budget is recommended by the Commission’s Investment Subcommittee based on the:

  1. Amended Declaration of Trust, which stipulates a) that the Trustee cannot expend, in the aggregate, more than 5% of the Trust Estate without Court approval in any given year and b) that the annual net income from the Trust should be used to fund grants. Since annual net income is a volatile measure, the grant budget is further based on the:

  2. Finance Committee Policies and Procedures, which caps transfers out of the Trust at “no more than the total amount of interest earned and up to a maximum of 10% of the remaining interest earned above the initial deposit.” In practice, a conservative calculation of annual spending is made by the Investment Committee that represents a five-year rolling average of its investment portfolio performance. Thus, while the amount available for grants may fluctuate from year to year, it doesn’t fluctuate as widely as it would if spending was based entirely on single-year net earnings.

Five-Year History of Grant Allocation

John M. Scott Health Care Trust Grants Program Policies and Procedures

John M. Scott Health Care Trust Financial Policies and Procedures

Grants Program

Check back in June for more information about the next grants program.  

2019 Grants Program

The John M. Scott Health Commission is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant program to support organizations and initiatives that prevent illness and promote health and well-being. Grantees must support the healthcare needs of income-qualified individuals who are (1) under-served by the mainstream healthcare system and (2) reside in McLean County. Grants totaling over $400,000 will be made in 2019-2020..

Informational Meeting

An information session was held on Monday, July 22 from 1:30-3:00 pm at the IWU Ames Library in the Beckman Auditorium (lower level). At the meeting, speakers representing the McLean County Museum of History, the McLean County Community Health Council Steering Committee, and Trust’s Commission explained the history, context, and plans for this new grant program. A Q&A session will followed.

2019 Community Meeting Slides


How to Apply

Request for Proposals

2019 John M Scott RFP Background

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Please note that online applications are required. Paper submissions will not be accepted.


Category 1: General Operating Grant Application

Click here to download a PDF copy of the application for Category 1 General Operating Grant.

Click here to apply for a Category 1 General Operating Grant.

Click here to download the Budget template for Category 1 General Operating Grant.


Category 2: Community Health Priority Grant Application

Click here to download a PDF copy of the application for Category 2 Community Health Priority Grants.

Click here to apply for Category 2 Community Health Priority Grants.




Frequently Asked Questions 

FAQs - 2019 Grant Applications



 2019 Informational Meeting - Press Release

John M Scott Commission Announces $450K in Health and Wellness Grants (WGLT/July 22)

2019 RFP Cycle - Press Release

FY20 John M. Scott Grants Award Press Release


Contact Information

Jennifer Toney, Staff Administrator



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