BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Prairie Community Foundation has awarded its largest dollar amount of grants to nonprofit organizations.
The foundation awarded $150,200 to 54 programs in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties, thanks to donors, endowments and the Jerome Mirza Foundation.
Receiving general grants were Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services Streator, how to respond to domestic and sexual violence; Back 2 School Alliance, providing school supplies to pre-school children; Big Brothers Big Sisters, community and school-based mentoring; Bloomington Area Career Center, construction trades program with Habitat for Humanity; Bloomington-Normal Mulberry School, science curriculum pre-K to second grade; Bloomington-Normal YMCA, safety around water; Carlock Elementary School, enhancing reading and writing workshop; Central Illinois Pride Health Center, LGBTQ youth support lending library; CHARM Inc., West Bloomington Neighborhood Block Party; Children's Home & Aid, doula program for single, low-income mothers; Clinton Educational Foundation, free books for economically disadvantaged children; Clover Leaf Industries NFP, work and application skills training; Community Health Care Clinic, engaging patients with diabetes to improve hemoglobin A1C levels; Faith in Action, senior medical transportation; Fostering Dignity, backpacks for children being removed from their homes; Home Sweet Home Ministries, encouraging textile and shoe recycling with purchase of additional collection bin; Homes for Hope, reducing obesity of clients and staff; Illinois Spina Bifida Association, community-clinic connection; LIFE-CIL, preparing individuals with disabilities for employment and independent living; Miller Park Zoological Society, program on adaptations that help species survive; Odell Public Library and Prairie Creek Public Library District, summer reading programs; Project Oz, program to decrease youth suicide; Recycling Furniture for Families, furniture repair/restoration; The Baby Fold, Healthy Start doula services; Western Avenue Community Center, closing the gap tutor training; Write Stuff for Kids, summer lunch program; YouthBuild McLean County, health and wellness for youth.
Receiving arts and culture grants were Atlanta Public Library District, youth art appreciation; Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, student spotlight series; Central Elementary School, Pontiac, student enrichment activities; Children's Discovery Museum, exploring contemporary art in the community; DeWitt County Museum Association, photograph collection preservation project; Further Jazz, jazz at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Heartland Jazz Orchestra Foundation, history of jazz concert for young people; HEART-Heyworth and Randolph Township Arts Council, Heyworth youth summer art camp and community mural rejuvenation; Heartland Theater Company, assistive listening for Heartland Theater; Illinois State University, string project, community school for the arts and concerts on the quad; Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Concert for Kids; Illinois Theatre Consortium, theater program for adults with disabilities; Illinois Wesleyan University, 43rd annual Illinois Wesleyan Jazz Festival and school of music summer music programs; Lincoln's Festival in Bloomington, Lincoln's Festival on Route 66; McLean County Historical Society, Evergreen Cemetery Walk; Milestones Early Learning Center & Preschool, Celebrate the Arts in You; Music Connections Foundation, helping Spanish speakers interact through music while developing English language skills; Penguin Project of McLean County, helping young people with disabilities to develop creative skills; Share the Music, music instrument lending; Sound of Illinois Chorus, Youth in Harmony Festival.
Receiving Sol Shulman Jewish Life and Education Grants were Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein's 100th celebration; McLean County Diversity Project, visiting Auschwitz with a survivor; Moses Montefiore Temple, religious action center trip for youth and Jewish music.