FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Greater Freeport Partnership is proud to announce it has received a $20,774.00 grant for the New Furniture, New Look program. The grant was awarded by the Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois’ Community Grants Program.
The Partnership is leading a collaboration with the Downtown Business Owners and the City of Freeport in a multi-year, multi-phase Downtown Beautification Initiative. One of the first priorities is updating streetscape furniture. The CFNIL grant award is funding phase II and III of our furniture refresh program—New Furniture, New Look. The grant proceeds funded the purchase of six new benches and 15 litter receptacles. The City has collaborated by providing time and labor to install the new furniture and remove old furniture pieces. Modern, functional benches and litter receptacles enhance the appearance of the downtown and support a more pleasurable experience for shoppers and visitors. Furniture was installed earlier this year, but publicizing the grant award was delayed due to COVID-19.
“First, thank you to the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois and Rubin Family! The Partnership greatly appreciates the grant award and we are so excited to see the new pieces installed. This grant helps us complete phase II and III of our furniture program and to date 29 pieces of new furniture have been installed throughout Downtown Freeport,” said Andrea Schultz Winter, development director of the Greater Freeport Partnership, and project lead.
The Greater Freeport Partnership drives economic development, tourism, business service, and downtown development in Freeport and Stephenson County. The Partnership’s mission is to be the place where organizations and people unite to advocate for the region, drive economic growth and champion a talented, workforce ready community.
About the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois:
The mission of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois is to serve as a catalyst for giving in order to attract, preserve, and grow an endowment for current and future needs of Northern Illinois. Since its founding in 1953 CFNIL has granted more than $73 million for charitable purposes. Learn more about CFNIL’s grantmaking and commitment to endowment at cfnil.org.