Chamber Foundation

“I am very thankful that I was able to go through the application process for the Chamber Foundation Scholarship. The application questions really helped me to realize the great community we have and all the ways it supports us as young adults. During the interview process, I could tell that the interviewers cared about what I had to say. They were very interested in who I was and what I wanted for my future.

Receiving this scholarship has helped me continue my education at the University of Illinois as a Computer Engineer where I have been able to get involved in clubs and organizations that have similar ideals to the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce. I am currently involved in a consulting club that helps local and regional nonprofits strengthen their inner functions and outreach. Teaming up with organizations to help them get the most out of their operations fits very well into the mission of the Chamber.  I would highly recommend applying for this scholarship opportunity!”


-Bryson Wall, 2019 Scholarship Recipient


Scholarships Program

The Chamber Foundation of Effingham County annually offers the Chamber Community Scholarship Program, providing $1,000 continuing education scholarships to area high school seniors and adults who are starting/continuing their secondary education.  New in 2021 was the Jack Graham Scholarship for those going into healthcare, childcare or a vocational trade. 

The scholarship program is a members-only benefit with scholarships offered solely to Chamber members (in good standing), their employees and their families. 

In 2020, 10 scholarships totaling $10,000 were awarded thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.  Over the last 21 years, the Chamber Community Scholarship Program has awarded $222,000 in scholarships to 189 recipients. The number of scholarships given is based on the amount of sponsorship contributions received. 

Thank you to all who applied.  Recipients moving on to next steps will be contacted for interviews and announced at a later date.

To become a 2022 sponsor, please contact Becky Brown at or 217.342.4147.



The Chamber Foundation of Effingham County has established the Effingham County “BUSINESS STRONG” Small Business Assistance Fund.

The Chamber Foundation of Effingham County has established the Effingham County Business Strong Small Business Assistance Fund to provide timely and meaningful financial resources to businesses significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The Fund has been seeded with contributions by the Chamber Foundation and Effingham County Chamber of Commerce Board Members.

Businesses, organizations, and community members who are able can make tax-deductible contributions to the Effingham County Business Strong Small Business Assistance Fund immediately by visiting or mail a check payable to Chamber Foundation of Effingham County, 903 N. Keller Drive, Effingham, IL 62401. Every dollar donated will go directly to the Fund as The Chamber will absorb all administrative fees. The Foundation’s goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000 by May 15th and to begin to make disbursements beginning that following week. Donations will be accepted continually and disbursements made as long as funding is available.

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The intent of the funding is to act as a bridge, a lifeline to assist with the long-term sustainability of the businesses applying for and receiving funding. The Chamber Foundation of Effingham County will administer the Fund.

“The Chamber Foundation is dedicated to supporting local businesses, and the small business grant program is focused on providing a helping hand to Effingham based businesses financially impacted by the pandemic”, stated Dr. Josh Bullock, Foundation Board President.

“Our local small businesses need our support. They provide jobs, purchase goods and services, and make philanthropic contributions that make Effingham County a better place to live and work. In these difficult times, we need to support them in as many ways as possible. This grant, though small in nature, may be the seed that keeps them going while we wait for the economy to reopen,” said Norma Lansing, Effingham County Chamber President & CEO.

Businesses can apply for funding beginning Friday, May 15th.

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The Foundation Board of Directors will review and approve requests on a first-come, first served basis starting immediately. Disbursements will be made upon approval, based on the availability of funding.