Tri-State not-for-profits awarded more than $124,000 through grant program

CARTHAGE, IL (WGEM) — Thirty-nine area not-for-profits have received a record $124,062 in competitive grant funding from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri.

Catherine Bocke Meckes, the foundation’s Chief Operating Officer, reported that a total of 46 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 The Legacy Theater in Carthage, Illinois.

The Community Foundation has made more than 3,500 grants totaling more than $6 million since 1999, providing local support for various programs and projects in the region.

“To say that our recent decision to support 39 outstanding organizations was anything less than competitive would be an understatement,” said Philip Krupps, Community Foundation Board Chair. “The program is competitive in the sense of the tremendous impact and service they provide to our community. We are more than honored to share and support those who make our community truly home.”

Meckes stated that several of the grants will contribute to matching efforts of nonprofits. A total of $21,839.47 distributed from Community Foundation endowment funds through the competitive grant program will be used to leverage $244,971.04 of additional dollars impacting our community. This includes a match effort of The Legacy Theater, hosts of the grant presentation, in which a group of donors will match up to $50,000 towards lighting equipment.

“Every dollar awarded during the competitive grant process makes a difference. But, when those dollars are amplified by matching gifts, it make the impact of the Community Foundation’s efforts so much more important,” said Heath Richmond, Community Foundation Chief Community Officer.

The Community Foundation annually accepts competitive grant applications from not-for-profit organizations in its 12-county region. 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:

  • Unrestricted Endowments, which enable the Community Foundation to make awards throughout the region,
  • Field of Interest Endowments, which have specific geographic or interest requirements,
  • Donor Advised Endowments, which consider recommendations made by a fund’s advisor, and
  • 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 2019 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
  • Kirk Family Fund – Houston, Carolyn & Carson
  • 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
  • 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
  • United States Founding Fathers 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:

  • Betty Schmidt Endowment
  • Quincy Breakfast Optimist Club Friend of Youth Fund

These are among the more than 190 funds that support arts and culture, community betterment, education, health or human services.

This year’s grant recipients include:

Barry Public Library Technology updates, including a switch, firewall, wireless access point, Chromebook, and two cameras
Bella Ease dba Quincy Teen REACH Elementary-age Teen REACH program
Boy Scouts of America – Mississippi Valley Council #141 Formation of a Cub Scout program for at-risk youth at YWCA Quincy’s Supportive Housing program and expansion of the at-risk programs in the Harrison Hills community
Boy Scouts of America – Mississippi Valley Council #141 Career Exploring program in Adams, Brown, Hancock, and Pike Counties
Boy Scouts of America – Mississippi Valley Council #141 Robotics kits and robotics competition challenge games for use at summer camps
Brown County Public Library District Technology updates, including a switch, firewall, wireless access point, Chromebook, and two cameras
Camp Point Public Library Technology updates, including a switch, firewall, wireless access point, Chromebook, and two cameras
Carthage Park Board Resurfacing and reconfiguring tennis courts to include courts for tennis, pickleball, and basketball
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Mobile Food Pantry support to supply food in six rural communities
Chaddock Attachment and Trauma Services Quincy Community Theater outreach program to Chaddock Student
CHART Teen Task Force Sexuality education in Northeast Missouri Schools
Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center Toddler playground improvement, including rubber surfacing and vinyl fencing
The Child Center, Inc. Child sexual and physical abuse crisis intervention in northeast Missouri
Clayton Public Library District Technology updates, including a switch, firewall, wireless access point, Chromebook, and two cameras
Community for Christ Assistance Center 12th annual Back to School Fair for children of CUSD #3
Cornerstone Foundations for Families Comprehensive Youth Services, providing mental health counseling and support services to youth under age 18
Douglass Community Services, Inc. Kids in Motion, Teens in Motion, and Court Appointed Special Advocates
Douglass Community Services, Inc. Foster Grandparent program
Douglass Community Services, Inc. Super Supper program to reduce food insecurity in the Hannibal School system
Families and Communities Together/

Project Community Connect

Project Community Connect 2019, a one-day, one-stop event for housing, support, and quality of life services in Ralls in Marion Counties
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Food acquisition and distribution in Shelby County
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Food acquisition and distribution in Marion County
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Food acquisition and distribution in Lewis County
Four Star Public Library District Foundation Technology updates, including a switch, firewall, wireless access point, Chromebook, and two cameras
Good Samaritan Home of Quincy Purchase of two portable oxygen concentrators
Hannibal Alliance for Youth Success Buddy Pack program, providing students with healthy snacks and meals for weekends
Hannibal Free Clinic Support for a food pantry and YMCA memberships for Hannibal Free Clinic patients
Horizons Social Services Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry support
Illinois Library Association/Greater West Central Public Library District Technology updates, including a switch, firewall, wireless access point, Chromebook, and two cameras
Legacy Theater Foundation Inc. Lighting equipment for the Legacy Theater
Lewis County Fair Association Lewis County Fair 4H Youth building renovations
Monroe City R-1 School District Personal Responsibility In Demanding Excellence (PRIDE) Program to provide at-risk students with vocational and mentor opportunities
Quincy Art Center Art Education programs
Quincy Family YMCA Active Older Adults/Moving for Better Balance program
Quincy Hospitality House Support of temporary lodging for patients and their families seeking medical care in the Quincy area
Quincy Society of Fine Arts Community Arts Access program, including Arts Dollars, Veteran’s Arts and Performance, and Instant Arts Classroom programs
Regional Office of Education Books for the Ready, Set, Grow! program
Salvation Army of Quincy STEM robots and laptop for Kroc Academy, summer day camp, and after school program
Salvation Army of Quincy Pathway of Hope program in Quincy, helping families break the cycle of poverty
Transitions of Western Illinois Laptop computers for direct service staff
Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials SNAP to Success program, assisting individuals find employment through skill training
Two Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Access Food Program for Pike County, IL
United Way of the Mark Twain Area Aly’s Project, allowing 4H and FFA youth to donate livestock to local food pantries
West Central Child Care Connection Books for the Born Learning project
Western Community Center YMCA Swing set and ADA-compliant swing for Holy Redeemer Park in Barry, IL
YWCA of Quincy YWCA Permanent Supportive Housing program

 

In addition to today’s presentations, County Endowment Fund Councils will present grants from County Endowment Funds. 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.

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