Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

10 Local Nonprofits Receive Grants from Women to Women, YEP

More than $35,000 will be awarded to 10 local nonprofit programs in 2018, thanks to the Women to Women Giving Circle and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation.

The Women to Women Giving Circle seeks to improve the lives of women and children in Central Illinois and focused its grants for 2018 on programs that develop the potential in girls aged 0-5 in our community and their support networks (families, teachers and caregivers). In addition, the Women to Women grant required applicants to collaborate with another organization on a program addressing the focus.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants were selected by area high school students for youth-focused programs with priority given to organizations that include youth in the application process.

Recipient organizations sharing the $25,833 Women to Women awards are:

  • Music Connections in collaboration with Mid Central Community Action – $3,072 for “Kindermusik at the Neville House,” a program illustrating to mothers how implementing musical rituals into their daily routines can reduce stress and promote bonding and quality time together.
  • YWCA of McLean County in collaboration with Project Oz and Marcfirst – $11,261 for “Parent Life Skills Training & Support Groups,” a 3-part program offering training for young people who are homeless and pregnant or parenting and transitioning to self-sufficient living, support group for parents of children with special needs, and an infant massage course.
  • Children’s Home + Aid in collaboration with Mid Central Community Action – $11,500 for “Trauma Informed Domestic Violence Training Collaboration,” a program offering staff training in domestic violence issues specific to families with young children and training for judges and attorneys regarding the effects of childhood exposure to domestic violence.

Recipient organizations sharing the $10,000 Youth Engaged in Philanthropy awards are:

  • 100 Black Men of Central Illinois – $500 for “Summer School to Fill the Education Achievement Gap” to fund elementary scholarships for District 87 students who have a financial and academic need to attend summer school.
  • Child Protection Network – $1,000 for “Permanency Bags for Kids,” a program in collaboration with CASA that provides permanency bags for children as they exit the foster care system.
  • Fostering Dignity – $1,000 for “Backpacks for Youth,” a program that provides backpacks for Department of Children and Family Services investigators when removing children from their homes.
  • Illinois Heart & Lung Foundation – $500 for “Attack Asthma Camp” to purchase refurbished iPads to educate and entertain youth with severe asthma.
  • Max’s Miles Foundation – $1,000 for “The Harmony Park Project” to fund Spinning Sensory Wave Seat at inclusive park that is safe and accessible for children of all abilities.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association – $2,000 for “Summer Camp” to fund scholarships for children with neuromuscular diseases from McLean, DeWitt, Logan and Livingston counties to attend camp.
  • Regional Alternative School – $4,000 for “Automated External Defibrillator & Hygiene Kits” to fund purchase of AED machine for use within school and supply hygiene kits to students.

Since 2011, the Women to Women Giving Circle has awarded more than a quarter million dollars. The mission of the group is to provide education about issues affecting women and to provide grants to projects and programs aimed at improving the dignity of women and children in McLean, DeWitt, Logan and Livingston Counties.

In the past five years, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy has awarded $50,000. As a part of our Community’s youth, YEP strives to connect those who care about youth with the monetary means necessary to pursue their vision.



Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director, 309-662-4477