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The St. Charles Initiative

Helping Move Important Community Projects Forward

The St. Charles Initiative is a partnership between the City of St. Charles and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley formed to support public projects in St. Charles. This public-private partnership provides funding through donations and endowments, as an alternative to tax-based financing sources.

Led by an independent advisory committee of St. Charles community leaders and residents, the St. Charles Initiative offers a new approach to help fund capital projects, programs and other improvements.

Proposed Programs and Projects

The St. Charles Initiative connects donors to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life in St. Charles. You can find a project that fits your passion. All donations stay local.

  • 1st Street Plaza Expansion – This brick-paved pedestrian plaza will offer additional community gathering space and engaging public art. It also will be accessible from the bi-level riverwalk along the west bank of the Fox River.
  • General Donation – To be applied to projects or programs as identified by the St. Charles Initiative.

Be a part of shaping the spirit of St. Charles. For more information, including how to donate, visit the St. Charles Initiative website  

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Related to Project: 
1st Street Plaza Expansion
updated Oct 31, 2023