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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:


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:

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

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

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

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:

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