BLOOMINGTON — More than $48,000 will be awarded to 13 local nonprofit programs by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation’s Women to Women Giving Circle and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy.

Recipient organizations sharing the $38,000 Women to Women awards are:

  • Children’s Discovery Museum, in collaboration with Children’s Home & Aid’s Scott Early Learning Center; $7,000 for Growing STEAM Potential Through Play.
  • Illinois State University’s Illinois Art Station, in collaboration with Illinois Symphony Orchestra; $6,745 for Itsy Arts: Emotions and Melodies.
  • Lexington Elementary School, in collaboration with Lexington Public Library; $5,455 for Littlest Learners.
  • Music Connections Foundation, in collaboration with Marcfirst and The Baby Fold; $6,300 for Kindermusik class at SPICE for the at-risk.
  • The Baby Fold, in collaboration with McLean County Health Department; $4,500 for postpartum mood disorders.
  • YWCA of McLean County, in collaboration with Project Oz and Marcfirst; $8,000 for parent life skills training and support groups.

Recipient organizations sharing the $10,000 Youth Engaged in Philanthropy awards are:

  • Child Protection Network; $1,000 for McLean County Children’s Advocacy Center.
  • Fostering Dignity; $1,000 for Backpacks for Youth.
  • Jump 4 Joy Squad; $960 for Joy Jumper (jump rope team).
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association; $2,000 for summer camp.
  • Royal Family Kids Camp; $1,950 for kids' camp.
  • Treynor State Bank Community Foundation; $1,540 for Entrepreneur Camp.
  • Vespasian Warner Public Library District; $1,550 for young adult lounge.

The Women to Women Giving Circle seeks to improve the lives of women and children in Central Illinois, awarding more than $308,000 in grants since 2011.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grants were selected by area high school students for youth-focused programs and has awarded $60,000 in the past six years.


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