Area nonprofits awarded nearly $170,000 through Community Foundation’s competitive grant program

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Forty area nonprofits received $169,524 in grant funding through the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri’s competitive grant program. Forty-four grants, awarded from 48 endowment funds held at the Community Foundation, will support a wide range of local, charitable interests. The checks were awarded Tuesday morning during a presentation hosted by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County at the John Wood Mansion.  

The grants will support programs, assist with purchasing needed equipment and supplies, and contribute to operational funding for nonprofit organizations providing arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services to our region. 

“Nonprofits are the heart of our communities. They support our neighbors, enrich our culture, and empower our kids. When we support our nonprofits, we invest in our region,” said Catherine Bocke Meckes, Community Foundation CEO. “These grants provide only a snapshot of the excellent, important work that our nonprofit organizations provide to our communities.”

Through the competitive grant program, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen nonprofit programs to ultimately enhance the quality of life throughout our region. The Community Foundation annually accepts applications for funding from nonprofit organizations in its 12-county region. A grant committee, comprised of volunteers and board members from the region, evaluates each application to determine awards. 

Earnings from endowment funds make competitive grants possible. Donors work with the Community Foundation to establish permanent charitable funds to support their philanthropic goals and community. The Community Foundation invests and grows those funds, and each year, a portion of the fund’s earnings are distributed as grants while the principal remains intact.

“The funds that support these grants are permanent. The idea of ‘forever’ is visionary, but so are our donors,” says Meckes. “When a donor establishes an endowed fund with the Community Foundation, they create a way to continue giving to the causes they care about for generations. We are grateful for these forward-thinking donors and honored to connect their passions with the nonprofits doing the good work.”

This year’s grant recipients

OrganizationPurposeGrant Fund(s)
Abe Lincoln Project of Pike County, Illinois To write and perform a play about Abraham Lincoln’s ties to Pike County, IllinoisUnited States Founding Fathers Fund
Pike County Endowment Fund 
Advocacy Network for Children Provide support to recruit, train and support additional Court Appointed Special Advocates Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Brown County Endowment Fund
Bella Ease dba Quincy Teen REACH Hire a teacher to tutor at-risk studentsNoma Meyers Eaton Fund
Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Jon’s Home Center Associates Fund 
Bluff City Theater Support live theater programming, primarily actor and director fees Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund 
Carl Sandburg College Foundation Purchase refrigerator, freezer, shelving, and other supplies necessary to transform its existing student-centered Resource Room into a food pantry that is open to residents of Hancock County Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Carthage Park Board New playground equipment at the sports complexUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Operating the Mobile Food Pantry in rural areas of Adams, Brown and Pike countiesPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds 

Chaddock Attachment and Trauma Services
Laptop computers for use by the Foster Care Visitation SpecialistsPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Jane’s Kids’ Fund
Quincy Recycle Fund 
CHART Teen Task Force Sexuality educator for late elementary through high school aged students throughout Northeast Missouri Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Marion County Endowment Fund
Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center Increasing safety of both indoor and outdoor environmentsPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund 
Cornerstone: Foundation for Families First Steps educational workshops G.Arthur (Art) Keller Jr. Fund
Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
James L. & Dorothy W. Rouner Fund
Good Samaritan Home Purchase automated external defibrillators for neighborhoods at Good Samaritan Home Blessing Hospital Community Health Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Hannibal Alliance for Youth Success (HAYS) Support social/emotional support through mentoring and student success activities Marion County Endowment Fund
Hannibal Arts Council General operating supportHOMEBANK Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County Technology upgrades to update and preserve vital records for historic preservationThe Quincy Foundation Fund
Dennis R. and Barbara L. Williams Fund for Arts and Education
Horizons Social Services Rescue and redistribute excess food in the community and help eliminate food insecurityArthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
HOMEBANK of Quincy Fund
William & Sheila Menke Endowment 
John Wood Community College Foundation Noise-canceling corded headphones for testing stations in the regional testing center located in the JWCC Southeast Education Center (SEC) in Pittsfield, Ill. Mercantile Endowment Fund
Lewis County Fair Association Renovations of the Lewis County 4-H Youth Building located on the Lewis County Fair Grounds Lewis County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds 
Lewis County Food Pantry Purchase food and supplies for residents in need who reside in Lewis County Lewis County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds 
Muddy River Opera Co. Support for the 2021 opera seasonDennis R. and Barbara L. Williams Fund for Arts and Education
Katherine Broemmel Endowment Fund 

OATS, Inc.  
Funding for accessible minibus for transportation in Lewis County, Missouri Lewis County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds 
Quanada Supporting the Violet Lens studio, providing stipends to high school interns to assist in producing digital violence prevention contentPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds 
Quincy Children’s Museum Support for outreach programming, including hands-on learning experiences,  pop-up displays, organizational partnerships, etc.Unrestricted Endowment Funds 
Quincy Community TheatreSupport for upcoming productions and educational programmingKatherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts
Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund 
Quincy Family YMCA Operating and program support to support operating costsPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Quincy Museum, Inc. Maintain the historic Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion and the collections it contains and provide educational programming  Dennis R. and Barbara L. Williams Fund for Arts and Education
Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund 
Quincy Public Library Quincy Community Read to distribute 1,500 booksDennis R. and Barbara L. Williams Fund for Arts and Education
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association Operating support for the 2021-22 concert seasonJayne & Leroy Boeckelman Fund for Young Musicians
Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association Youth programs of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra AssociationAlan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund
Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Quincy University Music education outreach concerts for students Mercantile Endowment Fund
Quincy YMCA / Brown County Early Learning Center Operating supportUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Regional Office of Education Ready.Set.Grow! initiative, purchasing books for Health Department nurses, hospital nurses and volunteers to distribute to parentsPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund 
Salvation Army of Quincy Water safety/lifeguard trainingPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund 
Salvation Army of QuincyProvide families in Northeast Missouri with temporary housingMarion County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds 
Transitions of Western IllinoisRecreational equipment for persons with developmental disabilities Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri Providing hunger relief in Lewis County Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri Providing hunger relief in Marion County Unrestricted Endowment Funds
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri Providing hunger relief in Shelby County Unrestricted Endowment Funds
The Village of the Blue Rose Sign along Highway 79 for The Village of the Blue RoseUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Two Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Support of the Access Food Program in Pike County, which provides a way for hunters to donate a deer for food pantries with all processing costs are covered by the programPike County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
United Way of Adams County Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program services to low income taxpayers who live in or near Adams County Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
United Way of the Mark Twain Area Increasing early childhood literacy opportunities through the Dolly Parton “Imagination Library” programUnrestricted Endowment Funds

West Central Child Care Connection 
Books for babies through annual “Born Learning” projectPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds 
Western Illinois Works, Inc. Hancock County CEO program for high school students Hancock County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds

The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri builds permanent charitable funds to assist area nonprofits and communities. Its mission, “connecting people who care with causes that matter,” is achieved by gathering funds, growing them through investments, then granting to nonprofit organizations, causes or communities that mean the most to its donors.   

The Community Foundation has made grants since 1997 totaling more than $11 million in the 12-county service area of Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike in Illinois and Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe in Missouri.  

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