Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

IPCF Awards 54 Grants to Nonprofits

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Prairie Community Foundation has awarded $150,200 in three categories of grants to 54 programs in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Grants ranged from $600 to $8,200. Funding came from the Jerome Mirza Foundation, donors to the Foundation’s annual campaign and endowments.

Receiving 27 General Grants totaling $58,328 for programs in the fields of education, environment, health and wellness and youth were:

  • ADV & SAS (Streator) – $700 for “Community Awareness: Recognize, Respond, Refer,” a program to increase community awareness of domestic and sexual violence and how to respond
  • Back 2 School Alliance – $600 for “Back 2 School Party” to expand program providing school supplies to pre-school children
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters – $3,000 for “Community & School-Based Mentoring”
  • Bloomington Area Career Center – $1,000 for “Construction Trades,” a program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity
  • Bloomington-Normal Mulberry School – $1,000 for “Science Curriculum Pre-K to Second Grade”
  • Bloomington-Normal YMCA – $3,000 for “Safety Around Water”
  • Carlock Elementary School – $1,000 for “Enhancing Reading and Writing Workshop”
  • Central Illinois Pride Health Center – $1,000 for “LGBTQ Youth Support Lending Library”
  • H.A.R.M., Inc. – $1,000 for “Community Enrichment,” a program to help bridge the gap between local law enforcement and West Bloomington residents
  • Children’s Home + Aid – $3,500 for “Doula Program,” a program to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect for babies of single, low-income, high-risk mothers
  • Clinton Educational Foundation – $2,000 for “Read Across Clinton,” a program providing free books to economically disadvantaged children on last day of school
  • Clover Leaf Industries NFP – $1,500 for “Basic Work and Application Skills Training”
  • Community Health Care Clinic – $4,200 for “A1C Challenge,” a program to engage patients with diabetes to improve their hemoglobin A1C levels
  • Faith in Action of Bloomington-Normal – $4,250 for “Senior Medical Transportation”
  • Fostering Dignity – $1,400 for “Backpacks for Youth,” a program providing DCFS with backpacks for children being removed from home to carry their belongings
  • Home Sweet Home Ministries – $1,078 for “HSHRenew,” a program to encourage additional textile and shoe recycling with purchase of additional collection bin
  • Homes for Hope – $1,000 for “Heart Healthy Hero Program,” a program to reduce obesity of clients and staff
  • Illinois Spina Bifida Association – $1,500 for “Community-Clinic Connection”
  • LIFE-CIL – $2,500 for “T’NT (Teens in Transition),” a program to prepare individuals with disabilities aged 16-22 for employment and independent living
  • Miller Park Zoological Society – $2,500 for “Wild About Jumping,” an interactive program about adaptations that help species survive
  • Odell Public Library – $1,500 for “Reading by Design-Summer Reading Program”
  • Prairie Creek Public Library District – $2,000 for “2017 Summer Reading Program”
  • Project Oz – $3,000 for “Ending the Silence,” a program to decrease suicide rates among pre-teens and teens
  • Recycling Furniture for Families – $3,100 for “Furniture Repair and Restoration”
  • The Baby Fold – $2,500 for “Healthy Start Doula Services”
  • Western Avenue Community Center – $3,000 for “Closing the Gap Tutor Training”
  • Write Stuff for Kids – $2,000 for “Summer Lunch Program”
  • YouthBuild McLean County – $3,500 for “Health and Wellness by Youth for Youth,” a program to decrease self-harm and suicide actions while increasing nutrition and fitness habits

Receiving 23 Arts and Culture Grants totaling $71,672 were:

  • Atlanta Public Library District – $6,000 for “Eureka!,” a program to help children in grades K-9 develop appreciation for created works of art and the creative process
  • Bloomington #1 Chapter of SPEBSQSA (Sound of Illinois Chorus) – $4,500 for “Youth in Harmony Festival,” a program to promote a capella singing as a lifelong activity
  • Bloomington Center for Performing Arts – $3,000 for “Student Spotlight Series,” a program to present six professional touring educational shows that will meet Illinois Learning Standards and complement area educators’ curriculum
  • Central Elementary School, Pontiac – $1,200 for “Student Enrichment Activities,” for pre-K – 1st grade students to attend an introductory theatrical performance of “Harry the Dirty Dog”
  • Children’s Discovery Museum – $2,000 for “Art Around You: Exploring Contemporary Art in the Community”
  • DeWitt County Museum Association – $2,000 for “Photograph Collection Preservation Project”
  • Further Jazz – $2,500 for “Jazz at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival – 40th Anniversary Season,” a program to provide free jazz entertainment before Friday evening performances at Festival
  • Heartland Jazz Orchestra Foundation – $2,500 for “History of Jazz Concert for Young People”
  • HEART-Heyworth and Randolph Township Arts Council – $3,985 for “Heyworth Youth Summer Art Camp and Community Mural Rejuvenation”
  • Heartland Theater Company – $4,500 for “Assistive Listening for Heartland Theater,” a program that will purchase and install system to accommodate 12 people per performance
  • Illinois State University – $3,000 for “ISU String Project,” a program to provide string education to students who have no access to public school program and to provide practical teacher training to ISU string majors
  • Illinois State University – $3,500 for “ISU Community School for the Arts,” a program to foster music and arts appreciation for Heartland Head Start students
  • Illinois State University – $3,400 for “2017 Concerts on the Quad”
  • Illinois Symphony Orchestra – $5,000 for “The ISO Concert for Kids”
  • Illinois Theatre Consortium – $2,500 for “Seedling Encore: Theater Program for Adults with Disabilities”
  • Illinois Wesleyan University – $1,200 for “43rd Annual Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival”
  • Illinois Wesleyan University – $4,548 for “IWU School of Music Summer Music Programs”
  • Lincoln’s Festival in Bloomington Committee – $2,000 for “Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66”
  • McLean County Historical Society – $5,000 for “2017 Evergreen Cemetery Walk”
  • Milestones Early Learning Center & Preschool – $2,500 for “Celebrate the Artist in You”
  • Music Connections Foundation – $4,339 for “Niños y Musica,” a program to help Spanish-speaking parents and children interact through music while developing English language skills
  • Penguin Project of McLean County – $1,000 for program for young people with disabilities to develop creative skills related to theater arts
  • Share the Music – $1,500 for “Music Instrument Lending Program”

Receiving 4 Sol Shulman Jewish Life and Education Grants totaling $20,200 were:

  • Illinois Symphony Orchestra – $3,000 for “Bernstein’s 100th Celebration and Around the Town at the Temple,” a program partnering with Moses Montefiore Temple to increase awareness of Bernstein and the impact his Jewish heritage had on shaping American music
  • McLean County Diversity Project – $5,000 for “Visiting Auschwitz with a Survivor,” a program to increase McLean County junior/senior high students’ knowledge of Jewish life around the Holocaust and how to prevent genocide in the future; students will be accompanied by Holocaust survivor Eva Kor who, along with her twin sister, was a subject of experiments by Josef Mengele at Auschwitz
  • Moses Montefiore Temple – $4,000 for “Religious Action Center Trip for Youth,” to support students’ trip to Washington, D.
  • Moses Montefiore Temple – $8,200 for “Jewish Music for High Holidays, Monthly Shabbat Services and Religious School”

Applications for grants from the Foundation’s Women to Women Giving Circle and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) will be available in September.

About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 21st 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 $12.5 million in 143 funds including donor advised, agency, and scholarship funds and endowments.


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