SPRINGFIELD, IL,  May 13, 2024 – The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) is now accepting applications for a $20,000 community impact grant, awarded each year to a Springfield area non-profit. The grant is funded through proceeds from the annual OCIF Open: Chip in fore Charity event, scheduled for Monday, September 23, at Panther Creek Country Club.

All Springfield area non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply. Organizations can review the Foundation guidelines and obtain an application by visiting the OCIF website: www.ocif.net.  Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, June 28, 2024. The winning grantee will be announced August 9, 2024.

OCIF was formed to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Since the inaugural event in 2004, OCIF has granted $400,000 to local charities.  Recent beneficiaries of the outing include: Hope (2023), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2022), Lincoln Land Community College Foundation (2021), Springfield Zoological Society (2020), Springfield YMCA (2019), and Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (2018).