More than $215,000 awarded to area nonprofit organizations through Community Foundation’s competitive grant program

Community Foundation

Community Foundation CEO Catherine Bocke Meckes speaks during the announcement of grant funding on Tuesday morning at the Quincy Museum. | Photo courtesy of Kaylee McFarland

QUINCY — Fifty nonprofit organizations received a total of $215,960.55 in grant funding through the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri’s competitive grant program. A total of 55 grants, awarded from 50 funds held at the Community Foundation, will support a wide range of local, charitable interests. The checks were awarded during a presentation Tuesday morning at the Quincy Museum. 

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

Community Foundation Program Officer Kent Embree said this year’s grants topped the $200,000 mark for the first time.

“What a fantastic year to be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Community Foundation,” Embree said in a press release. “We look forward to seeing the difference these agencies make in the communities they serve, not just in the next year but for years to come.”

This year’s grant recipients are:

OrganizationPurposeGrant Fund(s)
Advocacy Network for ChildrenProvide training for human trafficking response/awareness campaignRalph Oakley Family Fund
Barry Food PantryFood and supplies for Pike County, Illinois residentsPike County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Bella Ease dba Quincy Teen REACHStudent participation in school Washington, DC tripGrace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
Optimist Club of Quincy Friend of Youth Fund
Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
United States Founding Fathers Fund
Birthday BlessingsSupport for physical and emotional needs of kids in the Missouri foster systemLewis County Endowment Fund
Marion County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Bluff City Theater2022 Second-Sight Theater School Outreach projectMarion County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Brown County Arts AllianceGeneral Operating SupportThankful Heart Fund
Camp Point Historical SocietyNewspaper digitization projectRalph Oakley Family Fund
Carl Sandburg College FoundationFood pantry expansion for the Sandburg Branch Campus in Carthage, IllinoisHancock County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in IllinoisMobile Food Pantry expansionPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Central CUSD #3/Camp PointWall and floor mats for new wrestling facilityPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Jon’s Home Center Associates Fund
Chaddock Attachment and Trauma ServicesSensory equipment for studentsRalph Oakley Family Fund
CHART Teen Task ForceSafer sexuality education for students throughout Northeast MissouriUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning CenterGymnasium & preschool classroom improvementsOptimist Club of Quincy Friend of Youth Fund
The Child Advocacy Center of Northeast Missouri, Inc.Crisis intervention services for child victims of abuseJane’s Kids’ Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Community for Christ Assistance CenterWalk-in freezer for frozen meat and vegetablesGrace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
Betty Schmidt Endowment
Community for Christ Assistance CenterSchool supplies for Back to School FairPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Consumed International Ministries/Mission 180Musical instruments for community teen outreach program in Marion and Ralls County, MissouriUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank, Inc.Bridging the diaper gap in West Central IllinoisPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
Douglass Community Services, Inc.Educational program for seniors on digital financial literacy and scam preventionUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Douglass Community Services, Inc.Kids in Motion curriculum development Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Embrace Children and FamiliesTraining, support, and resources for children and families in the foster care system of the Tenth Judicial Circuit of MissouriRalph Oakley Family Fund
FACT: Families and Communities TogetherHome Resource ProgramMarion County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast MissouriHunger relief in Northeast MissouriUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Foster Adopt Connect, Inc.MyStorybook Memory Portal to digitally organize foster childrens’ placement histories, legal documents, and mementosRalph Oakley Family Fund
Future Chargers Youth BasketballProgram support for Future Chargers Youth Basketball programHancock County Endowment Fund
Girl Scouts of Central IllinoisG.I.R.L. outreach programUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Hancock County Health DepartmentCommunity CPR classesBlessing Hospital Community Health Fund
The Wood Endowment
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Harvest Outreach MinistriesHarvest House transitional sober living facilityHOMEBANK Fund
Marion County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Historic Bethel German ColonyRefurbishment of an 1844 colony schoolhouseUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Historical Society of Quincy and Adams CountyUpdating phone and internet connectionsPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
The Quincy Foundation Fund
Horizons Social ServicesOperating and soup kitchen and food pantry program supportRalph Oakley Family Fund
Jensen Camp FoundationOuthouse replacementUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Junior Achievement of Greater St. LouisProgram expansion in additional Illinois countiesUnrestricted Endowment Funds
Lewis County Fair AssociationProject support for Lewis County barn upgradesLewis County Endowment Fund
Lewis County Food PantryGeneral operating supportLewis County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Mental Health Centers of Western IllinoisTrauma-related training for staff through The Knowledge Center at ChaddockThankful Heart Fund
Ralph Oakley Family Fund
NorthEast Independent Living ServicesCounseling and Transition Coordination ServicesG. Arthur (Art) Keller, Jr. Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Quincy Art CentersmART Kids program expansion to rural Adams, Brown, and Pike CountiesNoma Meyers Eaton Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Quincy Children’s MuseumOutreach experience program supportAlan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund
Quincy Hospitality HouseGeneral operating supportGrace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
William & Sheila Menke Endowment
James L. & Dorothy W. Rouner Fund
Quincy Humane SocietyGeneral operating supportPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Quincy Museum, Inc.General operating supportAlan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund
Quincy Society of Fine ArtsInstant Arts and After School classroom arts programsPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
The Quincy Foundation Fund
Quincy Symphony Orchestra AssociationYouth programsJayne & Leroy Boeckelman Fund for Young Musicians
Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts
Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Irwin Family Fund
Quincy Symphony Orchestra AssociationGeneral operating supportKatherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts
Quincy YMCA/ Brown County Early Learning CenterGeneral operating supportRalph Oakley Family Fund
Regional Office of EducationReady. Set. Grow! children’s book purchaseGrace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
Kaye & Norman Kemner Education Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Salvation Army of QuincyLEAP – Life Employment Assistance ProgramPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
Salvation Army of QuincySmiles for Hire programPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Salvation Army of QuincyEmergency rent and utility assistance for at-risk Palmyra residentsMarion County Endowment Fund
Son Valley Youth RanchGeneral operating supportLewis County Endowment Fund
Transitions of Western IllinoisMobile interactive white board for New Horizons schoolPaul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
HOMEBANK of Quincy Fund
The Quincy Foundation Fund
Two Rivers Regional Council of Public OfficialsOutreach and marketing effortsBrown County Endowment Fund
Two Rivers Resource Conservation and DevelopmentAccess Food Feed the Hungry programPike County Endowment Fund
Unrestricted Endowment Funds
YWCA of QuincyPermanent Supportive Housing programRalph Oakley Family Fund

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 board members and volunteers from throughout the region, evaluates each application to determine the 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.

“Each of these grants is an expression of a donor’s vision and love for community,” Community Foundation CEO Catherine Bocke Meckes said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to grow charitable funds on behalf of our donors and help fulfill a shared goal of bettering our region. These grants are a testament to the generosity of our communities and the dedication of our nonprofits.”

In addition to Tuesday’s presentation, county endowment fund councils will present grants from county endowment funds. Fund councils in Brown, Hancock and Pike County in Illinois and Lewis and Marion County in Missouri reviewed applications and made recommendations on grants to be awarded to best serve each county’s needs and opportunities. Grants from county endowment funds will be presented at ceremonies in each county.

Since 1997, the Community Foundation has made grants totaling more than $13 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.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email info@mycommunityfoundation.org or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

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