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Community Foundation awards more than $72,000 in grants

Community Foundation awards more than $72,000 in grants

1 year, 3 months ago by Scott Hardy

Awards go to 34 area not-for-profit organizations

The Community Foundation serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri awarded grants totaling more than $72,000 to 34 area not-for-profit organizations today. The grants, awarded from 27 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 Community Foundation Office at 4531 Maine St., Quincy, IL.


As of today’s awards, the Community Foundation has made more than 1,600 grants totaling more than $2,500,000 since 1999 providing local support for various programs and projects in the region.


The Community Foundation annually accepts competitive grant applications from nonprofit organizations. A grant committee, comprised of volunteers and board members from the region, evaluates the applications to determine awards.


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

 Grants were awarded from the following funds:

~ Unrestricted Endowment Funds~

Anonymous Funds

Karl H. & Bobbi Bowles Family and Quincy Farm & Home Supply Company Fund

Community Endowment 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. & Melva Campbell Riley Fund

Charles A. & Nancy Scholz Charitable Fund

Margaret J. Sinnock Fund

Grant L. & K. Georgann Sturhahn Fund

Dorothy L. Swallow Fund


~ Field of Interest Funds ~

Blessing Hospital Community Health Fund

Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts

Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund

Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund

Jane's Kids' Fund

Palmyra Community Endowment Fund

James L. & Dorothy Rouner Fund 


~ Donor Advised Funds ~

Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund


These are among more than 150 funds that support arts and culture, community betterment, education, health or human services.  

“The beauty of these funds is that they are permanent endowments. Thanks to the generosity and commitment that these individuals, families and businesses have exhibited, the funds will continue to provide grants for generations to come for organizations that serve a variety of needs and opportunities in our communities,” said Barb Casady, Community Foundation Program Coordinator.

“Even more impressive than the dollar amount of grants awarded today are the thousands of lives that these funds will impact throughout the 12 counties we serve in West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri,” said Casady.

 2014 Community Foundation Competitive Grant Awards


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great River Area

Funding will be used to assist with the cost of direct services for matches of at-risk youth with an adult mentor, supervising the match relationships, and hosting activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois

Funding will be used in Brown County to match at-risk children with volunteer mentors to help them reach their full potential.


This grant will replace worn equipment for use by Chaddock residential and day school students for team building and sensory-motor improvement skills.

CHART Teen Task Force

The Community Health Assistance Resource Team (CHART) grant will assist with a social marketing campaign about teen pregnancy prevention in Northeast Missouri. 

Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center

Funding will assist with the sliding fee subsidy program to ensure low-income families receive quality child care at an affordable rate.

Community for Christ Assistance Center

Support will assist with the Back to School Fair for Adams County School District # 3. Students receive supplies needed to start the school year as well as physicals, dental exams, haircuts, and gently worn winter coats, if needed.

Cornerstone Foundations for Families

Funding will support Comprehensive Youth Services which provides mental health counseling and support services to youth under age 18 years who have social, emotional or behavioral challenges which threaten their ability to be successful at home and school.

County of Adams/West Central Illinois Task Force

Funds will help educate law enforcement and citizens of West Central Illinois of the dangers and hazards of meth manufacturing and use of meth and other narcotics, which includes identifying meth manufacturing materials and drug paraphernalia, what to do if you find these items, who to contact, and safety measures.

Ewing Community Senior Housing, Inc.

Funding will provide new, energy efficient replacement windows for senior housing apartments to improve the energy efficiency of the complex.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

This project, Shelter from the Sun, will provide shade canopies, side walls and tents for the health, safety, and comfort of girls ages 5-17 attending Quincy summer day camps, recruitment events, and outdoor Girl Scout programming.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

Funding is for Transform UR Future, a violence prevention program delivered to boys and girls in grades K-12. Programming is delivered by Girl Scout staff members and is offered at no cost to participating schools.

Historic Bethel German Colony

Funding will assist with the purchase of a trailer to transport food from the Missouri Food Bank to Bethel, MO.

Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County

Funding will be used to purchase two archival files and bases to safely store documents, photographs, maps and blueprints for a collection of over 10,000 items.

Horizons Social Services of Adams County

This grant will support the Horizons Soup Kitchen, which provides hot meals for those in need Monday – Friday in Quincy. It will also assist the food pantry, which allows clients to receive food donations once every 30 days.

Horizons Social Services of Adams County

Funding will help Horizons secure a truck dedicated to picking up food donations from local donors and monthly food bank donations in Peoria, IL. This will expand options to receive food donations and allow an increased impact for feeding programs.

Immanuel Lutheran Church Kid's Club

Kid's Club is a free after-school program for children K-6, that meets weekly at the Golden (IL) Town Hall. Grant dollars will help purchase curriculum, supplies, snacks, and crafts.

John Wood Community College Foundation

Funds will pay a portion of the Foundation Center’s National Directory data base access fee that is used by area non-profits to search for funding sources for their programs.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement in Northeast Missouri and West Central Illinois provides curriculum focusing on entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy to schools at no cost. Programs are taught by trained community and college volunteers who go into the classroom and act as mentors.

Louisiana Area Historical Museum

Funds will purchase safety glass for display cases to replace the glass currently in use that poses a potential danger for the groups who regularly attend educational programs.

Madonna House

Everyday Life Skills Program provides services to at-risk high school students. The 12-week program will last over the course of one semester allowing two programs to occur each school year with 10 students per instructor.

Mississippi Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America

The Council will support Nova Awards, increasing robotics activities by purchasing Lego robotics kits for Cub Scouts, offering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) clinics, and focusing on STEM activities at Cub and Boy Scout Camps.

Pike County Health Department/Pike County Dental Clinic (IL)

Funding will purchase a statim sterilizer to improve and expand oral health services for low-income children in Pike and surrounding rural counties.

Quincy Art Center

Funds will support the smART Kids: Art Mentor Program, outreach activities, low-income youth scholarships, and Quincy Art Center Tour and Hands-On Connection.

Quincy Civic Music Association

This grant will help present a concert by the Miro Quartet as part of the 2014-2015 season.

Quincy Public Library

Funds will support early literacy education through stories, songs and finger plays for infants, toddlers and their parents. Grant funds will allow the purchase of multiple copies of books to be added to the collection for parents to check out as well as professional printing of handouts and brochures.

Quincy Society of Fine Arts

Funding will support two programs that assist the entire region: Art$ Dollars and In$tant Art$ Dollar$. These programs provide funding for arts organizations and classroom teachers to enhance arts-in-education programs at their facilities or in the classroom.

Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association

Funding will support two concerts: the Holiday Family Concert will include a commissioned work for children's chorus and the Finale Concert will feature a guest solo violinist and extra musicians for the exciting "Pines of Rome."

Regional Office of Education

This grant will provide new children's books for Adams County Health Department home visits to children ages 0-5.  Talking and reading with young children shapes the architecture of the developing brain. The learning gap starts before school. In Illinois, 29% of parents of poverty read to their young child daily compared to 74% of those with higher incomes.

Salvation Army of Quincy

The Salvation Army, in conjunction with the Quincy Public Schools, provides Fitness Field Trips for elementary school children in Berrian and Washington Schools.  The program will expand to include additional public and parochial schools in an effort to educate and provide opportunities for more children through Kroc Center programs.

Shelby County Senior Citizens Association, Inc.

The funds will assist with food costs for the congregate and home-delivered meal program.

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri

This grant will be used for food distribution in Palmyra, MO. The Food Bank is a hunger-relief network with a 32-county service area; able to acquire food in bulk, often times, paying only transportation costs to get the food.

Transitions of Western Illinois

Transitions serves children and adults who have severe developmental and physical disabilities at the Transitions School (children) and at New Horizons Day Program (adults). In order to serve these consumers, funding will help purchase two electric Hoyer lifts. These lifts will help move consumers safely when providing personal care.

Two Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Area

The Access Food Program provides a mechanism whereby individuals can donate a deer and have all the processing costs covered. Grant funding will help to cover these costs with the meat then donated to local food pantries to distribute to needy families.

United Way of Adams County, Inc.

Funds will support the second annual meal packing event which involves 100+ volunteers packaging meals to be distributed to 12 food pantries in Adams County. This event has the potential to create 6,600 packages (40,000 servings) of protein-fortified macaroni and cheese.

W.O.W. Inc.

The grant will assist in the rebuilding of the WOW (World of Wonder) Park with the purchase of a musical bouncy bridge. The redesigned park will be handicap accessible.

The Community Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization connecting people who care with causes that matter. Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri, it builds permanent charitable funds to address significant needs and opportunities now and in the future.

It 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. 

More than $2,500,000 has been distributed since the Community Foundation began making grants in 1999. These grants have helped more than 200 organizations serving communities in West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri. 

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email grants@mycommunityfoundation.org, or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.