Grants Awarded in 2014-2015

Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal   $1,495
Financial Education Outing
- to provide transportation and food to 17 youth to visit the Federal Reserve Bank and Willis Tower in Chicago as part of the Money Matters program.

Children’s Discovery Museum   $1,000
Youth Maker Nights Program
- to purchase tools and materials needed for a program that encourages innovation, building and design skills, culminating in construction of bike racks that will be used in Uptown Normal.

Easter Seals Central Illinois $1,500
Easter Seals Counseling Program
- to provide 15 sessions of mental health counseling to low-income children and youth with developmental delays, disabilities, or special needs.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes   $250
Student Athlete Summer Camp
- to help with expenses for summer camps geared toward instruction in sports technique, while fostering fellowship among participants.

Fostering Dignity   $500
Backpacks
- to provide 100 backpacks, as an alternative to garbage bags, to hold the personal belongings of children and youth who are removed from their homes by DCFS.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois   $1,125
Membership Assistance
- to provide membership financial assistance to 75 girls in the Bloomington-Normal area.

Heartland Community College   $990
Youth Summer Enrichment Program (YEP)
- to provide scholarships to six children to participate in a technology class geared to grades 3 through 5 and grades 6 through 8.

Illinois Wesleyan University   $965
Peace Garden
- to purchase supplies for a program that helps 4th and 5th graders connect classroom learning about healthy food, sustainability, and environmental stewardship with hands-on activities.

Normal Community High School   $675
Project HOPE
- to provide funding for direct needs of NCHS students who cannot afford them such as uniforms for part-time jobs, shoes for PE class, and lunches.

Regional Alternative School   $900
Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam!
- to support a credit-eligible summer program, led by a guest artist, to study performance art and poetry and the create works in students’ own vernacular.

University of Illinois Extension, Stylistics 4-H Club   $600
Pillowcase Project
- to purchase used serger machine and materials to make colorful flannel pillowcases for children in homeless shelters and local hospital pediatric wards.