BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Prairie Community Foundation has awarded $140,613 in three categories of grants to 77 programs in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Grants ranged from $500 to $5,230.
Receiving general grants were: Best Buddies, $1,000, leadership program; Bloomington-Normal Mulberry School, $1,200, fine arts education; Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal & West Bloomington Active Gardens, $1,000, environmental stewardship and healthy eating program; Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County, $1,000, mentoring rural youth with substance abuse.
Also, CHARM, $1,000, west Bloomington neighborhood block party; Chenoa Public Library, summer reading program; Chestnut Health Systems, $3,000, housing and utility funds for clients; Child Protection Network, $500, caregiver support and education; Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation, $2,300, STEAM-powered play; Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois, $1,400, classes and coaching for low-income residents; Community Health Care Clinic, $2,500, adult dental services for uninsured clinic patients; Cultural Festival, $500, cultural storytelling.
Also, DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department, $1,614, dental clinic; Environmental Education Association of Illinois, $500, promoting participation in birding citizen science programs; Faith in Action of Bloomington-Normal, $2,300, medical transportation program support.
Also, Farmer City Public Library, $700, purchase STEAM products; Fostering Dignity, $1,000, backpacks for youth removed from home by DCFS; Fox Center Family and Friends, $500, respiratory equipment; Friends of the Autism Place, $1,500, resource room materials; Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, $650, outdoor skill development at Camp Peairs; Girls in the Game, $1,000, after-school non-competitive program for girls; Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, $750, after-school running program for girls at Cedar Ridge Elementary School.
Also, Great Plains LIFE Foundation, $1,000, providing support for first-year college or trade school students; Green Top Grocery, $1,000, vouchers for LINK users to purchase at Bloomington farmers market; Heartland Head Start, $2,935, school readiness curriculum; Illinois State University, $500, evaluation of school recycling systems in District 87; Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries, $500, update computer equipment in career center; Lexington Elementary School, $700, equipment to aid active learning on the blacktop.
Also, Lifesong For Orphans, $1,000, provide necessary items for newly placed foster children; Living Independence for Everyone, $1,000, equipment for medical equipment loan closet; Midwest Food Bank, $3,000, backpack program for low-income students in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties; Muscular Dystrophy Association, $1,000, summer camp for children who have a muscle disease.
Also, Odell Public Library, $500, summer reading program; Project Oz, $2,400, emergency shelter for youth separated from their families; Recycling Furniture for Families, $2,000, furniture for families in need; Salvation Army, $2,000, targeted services for families to break the cycle of crisis; Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation, $1,000, restoration of Tim Dawkins Nature and Environmental Education Center; Vault Community Center, $4,000, small business leadership program; Vespasian Warner Public Library District, $700, memory lab.
Also, West Bloomington Revitalization Project, $1,000, garden learn-and-do workshop; YouthBuild McLean County, $2,000, train students in health and wellness topics and to train others; YWCA McLean County, $2,089, Spanish curriculum in toddler through 5-year-old classrooms.
Receiving arts and culture grants were: Atlanta Public Library District, $4,000, The Discovery Box arts and cultural programs; BCAI School of Arts, $3,000, arts immersion experience in collaboration with District 87 schools; Bloomington Center for Performing Arts, $2,000, Miller Park summer theater program; Brass Band of Central Illinois, $1,000, 2020 spring concert; Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation, $1,500, program exploring contemporary art for grade school children; Cultural Festival, $1,000, live music stage and workshop.
Also, Further Jazz, $1,500, jazz on film concert series at Normal Theater; Heartland Productions, $4,000, two new play programs; HeART Arts Council, $3,300, art experiences for Heyworth and Randolph Township; Holiday Spectacular, $2,000, underwrite free tickets for low income community members; Illinois Symphony Orchestra, $3,500, ISO concert for kids; Illinois Voices Theatre, $2,500, Seedling Theatre and Seedling encore performances; Inside Out Accessible Art, $2,000, art education classes at reduced cost.
Also, Illinois State University, $4,000, concerts on the quad; Illinois State University, $2,000, School for the Arts community programs; Illinois State University, $1,000, teen arts group at University Galleries; Illinois Wesleyan University, $2,000, expansion of jazz festival; Illinois Wesleyan University, $2,000, summer music composition institute for high school students; Illinois Wesleyan University, $3,500, summer music program for youth; Lincoln’s Festival in Bloomington, $2,000, Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66.
Also, McLean County Arts Center, $1,000, Sugar Creek Arts Festival; McLean County Historical Society, $2,000, school children to attend Evergreen Memorial Cemetery walk; Normal Township Activity & Recreation Center, $2,000, music enrichment activities; Prairie Central Elementary School CUSD 8, $1,985, purchase instruments for general music education; Regional Alternative School/ROE 17, $2,000, reconstruct sidewalk and art installation project.
Also, Society for Preservation & Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, $2,000, Youth In Harmony festival; Threshold to Hope, $1,000, painting instruction for low-income artists; West Bloomington Revitalization Project, $1,312, create a mural on the side of WBRP building.
Receiving Sol Shulman Jewish life and education grants were Illinois Symphony Orchestra Inc., $3,000, Orchestra Around the Town free concert series; McLean County Diversity Project, $5,000, exploring the Abrahamic faiths in the Holy Land; Moses Montefiore Temple, $3,000, family concert of Jewish music; Moses Montefiore Temple, $550, support of youth exploring Jewish text through PJ Library; Moses Montefiore Temple, $5,230, music leadership to the temple; Moses Montefiore Temple, $3,480, integrate technology into various programs and services; Moses Montefiore Temple, $2,500, needs-based assistance to Jewish adults to attend Union of Reform Jewish biennial convention.