FREEPORT, ILLINOIS— The Freeport Community Foundation (FCF) Board of Directors awarded 8 grants totaling $52,067.93 to eight regional non-profit organizations that provide a variety of programs and services benefiting residents in Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll counties of Northwest Illinois. Grants were awarded from the organization’s Community Needs/Marvin Unrestricted Fund, the Craig Wilson Trust and the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Recipients and projects include:
• Amity Society of Freeport: $400.00 YAC grant for “Summer Experiences”
• Freeport Area Church Cooperative: $3,670.00 for “FACC Chicago Avenue Mission”
• Malcolm Eaton Enterprises: $11,310.68 for “Paint the Port & Eats and Beats 2020”
• Northern Illinois Food Bank: $10,100.00 for “Feeding Stephenson County Neighbors”
• Stockton Heritage Museum: $4,500.00 for “Stockton Heritage Museum Website”
• The Workshop: $4,489.00 for “Accessible Handicap Door”
• Tyler’s Justice Center for Children: $12,500.00 for “New Recording System for Interviews”
• VOICES of Stephenson County: $5,098.25 for “Project Play”
“We had a record number of spring grant applicants this year,” said FCF Executive Director Michelle DeHaven. “Those who received spring grant monies represent a cross-section of our region’s cultural and social service agencies, and their proposed projects will positively impact both the quality of living and the economy throughout Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll counties. The Freeport Community Foundation is honored to be partnering in these endeavors.”
In addition to the spring 2020 grants, the FCF has also distributed $200,000 in COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds to an assortment of Carroll, Jo Daviess and Stephenson non-profit organizations providing various forms of COVID-19 emergency relief assistance to area residents. Half of that funding came from an Illinois COVID Response Fund (ICRF) grant obtained by the Freeport Community Foundation. The remaining $100,000 came from the FCF Community Needs/Marvin Unrestricted Fund, per the recommendation of the FCF Board of Directors. The FCF is currently working with the ICRF on a potential second round of COVID emergency relief funding for the non-profits and residents within the Foundation’s service area.
Freeport Community Foundation has a 45-year history as a community-based charitable organization guided by community leaders who are dedicated to providing financial solutions for current and future community needs. During that time, the FCF has awarded over $3 million in grant funding to non-profit organizations and projects throughout northwest Illinois.