Area Not-for-Profits Awarded More Than $100,000 Through Competitive Grant Program

Forty-two area not-for-profits today received a record $108,927 in competitive grant funding from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri. The grants, awarded from 39 endowment funds held at the Community Foundation, will support a wide range of local, charitable interests. The checks were awarded during a presentation at Cheerful Home in Quincy, IL.

As of today’s awards, the Community Foundation has made more than 2,500 grants totaling more than $4 million since 1999, providing local support for various programs and projects in the region.

“These grants are a testament to the generosity of this region, and watching the amount we’re able to distribute grow year after year demonstrates the power of endowment,” said Bill McCleery, Jr., Community Foundation Board of Directors Chair. “This year’s grants will touch individuals in every county in our service area, providing support not only for needs, but opportunities.”

The Community Foundation annually accepts competitive grant applications from not-for-profit organizations. A grant committee, comprised of volunteers and board members from the region, evaluates each application to determine awards. Grants are awarded for needs and opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services.

Earnings from endowment funds make today’s grants possible. The funds include:

o   Unrestricted Endowments, which enable the Community Foundation to make awards throughout the region,

o   Field of Interest Endowments, which have specific geographic or interest requirements,

o   Donor Advised Endowments, which consider recommendations made by a fund’s advisor, and

o   County Endowments, which benefit a specific county, advised by a council of county residents. Grants from County Endowment Funds will be presented at county-specific presentations.

 

The following funds supported the 2017 Competitive Grant program:

 

Unrestricted Endowment Funds, support grants for arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services in the Community Foundation’s 12-county service area:

  • Anonymous Funds (2)
  • Karl H. & Bobbi Bowles Family and Quincy Farm & Home Supply Company Fund
  • Dr. & Mrs. Merle F. Crossland Family Fund
  • Harry Channon Eaton Family Endowment Fund
  • Angie (Fusselman) Mayes & Evelyn J. Fusselman Fund
  • Harry J. & Bernice M. Wissman Heidbreder Fund
  • Mrs. Arthur O. Lindsay Fund
  • Robert A. & Anne M. Mays Fund
  • Robert G. and Melva Campbell Riley Fund
  • Charles A. & Nancy Scholz Charitable Fund
  • Margaret J. Sinnock Fund
  • Bette J. Starnes Endowment
  • Grant L. and K. Georgann Sturhahn Fund
  • Dorothy L. Swallow Fund
  • Community Endowment Fund
  • Carl, Althea & Cathy Wiskirchen Endowment

 

Field of Interest Funds, support grants for specific interest or geographic areas:

  • Blessing Hospital Community Health Fund
  • Jayne & Leroy Boeckelman Fund for Young Musicians
  • Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts
  • Noma Meyers Eaton Fund
  • Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
  • Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
  • HOMEBANK Fund
  • HOMEBANK of Quincy Fund
  • Jane’s Kids’ Fund
  • G. Arthur (Art) Keller, Jr. Fund
  • William & Sheila Menke Endowment
  • Quincy Recycle Fund
  • James L. & Dorothy W. Rouner Fund
  • Alan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund

 

County Endowment Funds, support not-for-profit organizations in a specific county:

  • Brown County Endowment Fund (IL)
  • Hancock County Endowment Fund (IL)
  • Lewis County Endowment Fund (MO)
  • Marion County Endowment Fund (MO)
  • Pike County Endowment Fund (IL)

 

Donor Advised Funds, allow a fund advisor to suggest grant recipients:

  • Sarah Christine Birsic Memorial Fund
  • Green-Humphrey Family Fund for Music
  • Mercantile Endowment Fund

 

These are among the more than 175 funds that support arts and culture, community betterment, education, health or human services.

 

This year’s grant recipients include:

Advocacy Network for Children Funds will support an abuse prevention and safety skills program to children in Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike Counties from pre-k through first grade.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois Funds will support the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program in Adams, Brown and Pike County Illinois.
Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Funds will be used for educational and support programs for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Chaddock Funding will be used to purchase and install bike racks for Chaddock clients.
CHART Teen Task Force Funding will support safe sexuality education for Northeast Missouri middle and high schools.
Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center Funding will be used to purchase and install lockers for school-aged children.
Community for Christ Assistance Center Funding will support Community for Christ’s annual back to school fair, providing students with school supplies, winter coats and hat

 

Cornerstone Foundations for Families Funding will support Comprehensive Youth Services, providing mental health counseling and support services to youth under age 18.
Culver-Stockton College Funding will provide a large interactive screen for experiential learning in the Carolyn L. and Robert W. Brown Residence Hall.
Douglass Community Services/Kids in Motion Program Funds will be used to support the Teens in Motion program, providing at-risk youth work with career building opportunities, continuing education and resume writing support.
Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) Funds will provide Marion and Ralls county residents in need with useful household items and supplies at no charge.
Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) Funds will be used to purchase school supplies for a city-wide Back 2 School Supply Drive, providing school supplies for in-need students.
Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) Funds will be used for supplies and marketing of a one-day event providing social services to people in need in Ralls and Marion, Counties.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Funds will support the Transform UR Future violence prevention program for boys and girl in grades K-12, presented by Girl Scout staff.
Hancock County Health and Wellness Coalition Funds will be used to purchase and ultrasonic cleaner and basket for the Hancock County Dental Clinic, which serves children and adults in Hancock County and the surrounding area.
Hannibal Free Clinic, Inc. Funds will provide pharmacy supplies to low-income patients.
Heartland Resources, Inc. Funds will be used to purchase a commercial mixer for the central kitchen, which prepares congregate and home delivery meals.
Historic Bethel German Colony Funding will be used to purchase required school supplies for in-need students K-12 in Shelby County school districts.
Horizons Social Services of Adams County Funds will support Horizon’s food relief programs, including its food pantry and soup kitchen.
John Wood Community College Foundation Funds will be used to purchase equipment for a community meeting space at the Southeast Education Center in Pike County, IL.
John Wood Community College Foundation Funds will support the College for Life program, offering educational programming for those with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Junior Achievement Funds will provide general support to Junior Achievement, which provides curriculum at no cost to schools that teach students finance, job and entrepreneurial skills.

 

Little Panther Athletics Funds will be used to update a baseball diamond in Camp Point to be used for the Adams County Youth League baseball and softball programs.
Madonna House Funding will support the Adams County Healthy Food Distribution, formerly known as the Mobile Food Pantry.
Madonna House Funding will be used to market the Prevention Program targeting the prevention of homelessness- including the Everyday Life Skills sessions- and renew hotspot internet access for group and individual sessions.
Make-A-Wish Illinois Funding will help grant the wish of an Adams, Brown, Hancock or Pike County, IL child facing medical challenges.
Mark Twain Museum Funds will support “The Inspiration for Tom Sawyer,” a dramatic presentation from Mark Twain’s writing and autobiography.
Mental Health Centers of Western IL Funds will be used to purchase three Automated External Defibrillators at their locations in Mt. Sterling, Pittsfield and Carthage.
Monroe City R-1 School District Funds will be used to update two middle school special education classes to create an environment conducive to learning for a variety of special needs. The funding will allow the school district to furnish the rooms with seating and therapeutic aids that will enhance the student’s learning experience based on their individual needs.
Network Knowledge WQEC-TV/PBS Funds will go to purchasing a radio frequency detector board which is vital to providing a broadcast signal.
Pike County Health Department/Pike County Dental Clinic Funds will be used to develop and present an oral health program at all Pike County elementary schools and Pittsfield PACT Head Start.
Pikeland Unit CUSD 10/South Elementary School Funding will be used to implement a digital reading program at South Elementary School, granting students access to more than 5,700 digital books.
Quincy Art Center Funds will support the smART Kids Program, Outreach Activities, Low-Income Youth Scholarships, and the Tour and Hands On Connection.
Quincy Hospitality House Funds will support operations of the Quincy Hospitality House, providing low-cost, temporary lodging for patients and loved ones seeking medical treatment in Quincy.
Quincy Public Library Funding will support the Little Read program, which distributes books to children at no cost.
Quincy Society of Fine Arts Funds will be used for Instant Arts Dollars, providing support for classroom-based art programs and Arts Dollars, which provides support for area arts organizations.

 

Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association Funding will support youth programs, including free admission for youth to QSOA concerts, the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and Chorus and the annual Young People’s Concerts.
Salvation Army of Quincy Funding will support the Life Employment Assistance Program in Quincy, helping income-eligible individuals improve their current job situation.
Salvation Army of Quincy (Hannibal location) Funding will support the Life Employment Assistance Program in Hannibal, helping income-eligible individuals improve their current job situation.
The Child Center, Inc. Funding will provide body safety prevention education programs for children pre-K through middle school throughout Northeast Missouri.

 

The Child Center, Inc. Funding will provide body safety prevention education programs for children pre-K through middle school in Lewis County.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Funds will be used to provide food to Lewis County food pantries.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Funds will be used to provide food to the Palmyra Food Pantry.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Funds will be used to provide food to Shelby County food pantries.
Transitions of Western Illinois Funding will be used to purchase a whiteboard for the Transitions School.
Twin Pike Family YMCA Funding will support the Reach & Rise mentoring program, offering science and cultural educational activities to at-risk children in Pike County, MO and Pike County, IL.
Two Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Funds will support the Access Food program in which hunters can donate deer to be processed and given to local food pantries.
United Way of the Great River Region Funds will support the continued contract with an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, providing literacy programing in elementary schools in Hancock County, IL and Clark County, MO.
YWCA of Quincy Funding will support the Permanent Supportive Housing Program, providing housing and supportive services to help women in-need become economically self-sufficient.

 

This year, five County Endowment Funds participated in the Competitive Grant process. Fund councils in Brown, Hancock and Pike County, IL and Lewis and Marion County, MO reviewed applications from local, eligible organizations and made recommendations on grants to be awarded to best serve each county’s needs and opportunities. Grants from County Endowment Funds will be presented at County Endowment awards ceremonies in each county in August and September

The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri builds permanent charitable funds to assist area nonprofits and communities.

Its mission, “connecting people who care with causes that matter,” is achieved by gathering funds, growing them through investments, then granting to nonprofit organizations, causes or communities that mean the most to its donors.

Since 1997, the Community Foundation has made more than $4 million in grants. It serves 12-counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike in Illinois and Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe in Missouri.

The Community Foundation has IRS 501(c)(3) status, and contributions made to the Community Foundation generally qualify for the maximum allowable deductions for income and estate tax purposes.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email grants@mycommunityfoundation.org

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