Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

13 Local Programs Receive Grants from W2W, YEP

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Thirteen local nonprofit programs have been awarded a total of $48,000 in grants  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 2019 on programs that develop the potential in girls from birth to age 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 $38,000 Women to Women awards are:

  • Children’s Discovery Museum in collaboration with Children’s Home + Aid’s Scott Early Learning Center – $7,000 for “Growing STEAM Potential Through Play,” a program that aims to engage children, families and educators in playful learning experiences that enhance their excitement, curiosity and interest about STEAM topics.
  • ISU’s Illinois Art Station in collaboration with Illinois Symphony Orchestra – $6,745 for “Itsy Arts: Emotions and Melodies,” a program where children ages 3-5 and their caregivers from Children’s Home + Aid will identify six emotions through interactive and expressive music and artmaking, taught by musicians from Illinois Symphony Orchestra and art educators from Illinois Art Station with the purpose of developing/improving social-emotional skills.
  • Lexington Elementary School in collaboration with Lexington Public Library – $5,455 for “Littlest Learners,” a program that aims to improve the educational foundation of children from birth to age 5 in Central Illinois and develop their potential for success by focusing on educational opportunities while supporting their mothers and their personal networks with resources and hands-on learning experiences.
  • Music Connections Foundation in collaboration with Marcfirst and The Baby Fold – $6,300 for “Kindermusik Class at SPICE for the At-Risk,” a program enabling moms and therapists to learn strategies for incorporating music, movement and literature into their routines and therapy sessions to ease stressful times and times of transition and to foster development in children, while promoting positive parenting and strengthening the parent-child relationship.
  • The Baby Fold in collaboration with McLean County Health Department – $4,500 for “Post-Partum Mood Disorders,” a program to improve the health and wellness of pregnant women and families with young children by supporting the mental health of pregnant and post-partum women, fostering infant attachment and preventing post-partum mood disorders with appropriate intervention while women are pregnant or with additional support after birth.
  • YWCA of McLean County in collaboration with Project Oz and Marcfirst – $8,000 for “Parent Life Skills Training & Support Groups,” a program that aims to remove barriers that often prevent parents in challenging family situations from attending parenting skills classes and support groups that allow them to strengthen their skills and family bonds.

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

  • Child Protection Network – $1,000 for “McLean County Children’s Advocacy Center” to fund trauma-based therapy supplies such as games, books and coping skills boxes for children who are interviewed at the center after an allegation that the child may have been abused.
  • Fostering Dignity – $1,000 for “Backpacks for Youth,” a program that provides backpacks for Department of Children and Family Services investigators to use when removing children from their homes.
  • Jump 4 Joy Squad – $960 for “Joy Jumper (Jump Rope Team)” to fund uniforms and equipment for jump rope team and assist in travel to competitions.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association – $2,000 for “Summer Camp” to fund scholarship for one child with neuromuscular disease from McLean, DeWitt, Logan or Livingston counties to attend week-long camp.
  • Royal Family Kids Camp – $1,950 for “Kids Camp” to allow 15 children in the foster system to attend week-long camp with a camper/counselor ratio of 2:1.
  • Treynor State Bank Community Foundation – $1,540 for “Entrepreneur Camp” to purchase iPads for junior high school students in DeWitt County to film and edit their commercials during week-long summer camp.
  • Vespasian Warner Public Library District – $1,550 for “Young Adult Lounge” to create a lounge for high school age library visitors, encouraging them to spend more time at the library and create lifelong learners by offering providing suggestions, special events and other educational initiatives.

Since 2011, the Women to Women Giving Circle has awarded $303,818. 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 six years, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy has awarded $60,000. 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.

About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation:
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 20th year, encourages and facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors who care with causes that matter to them. The Foundation currently manages assets of more than $16.5 million in 160 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at

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