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FCF 2021 Spring Grant Awards

FREEPORT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION  AWARDS $$75,914.72 in grants for spring 2021:

The Freeport Community Foundation (FCF) Board of Directors awarded 15 grants totaling $75,914.72 to 14 regional non-profit organizations that provide a variety of programs and services benefiting residents in Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll counties of Northwest Illinois.  Grants were awarded from the organization’s Community Needs/Marvin Unrestricted Fund and the Craig Wilson Trust.

Recipients,  projects and awards include:

Cats Care It’s All About the Head $2,000.00
Davis Mental Health Group Community Resource Guide $800.00
Freeport Art Museum Virtual Museum $5,150.00
Madonna Renewal Education & Crisis Support $8,500.00
Malcolm Eaton Enterprises Eats & Beats $6,890.00
Northern Illinois Food Bank Stephenson Co. Take 50 $12,500.00
NW HomeStart Financial Services for Tenants $7,500.00
RAMP Access to Services $2,640.24
Senior Resource Center Living History Series 2021 $700.00
Senior Resource Center Sr. Home Maintenance $5,000.00
St. John’s Lutheran Church Grace Meal $4,000.00
The Workshop Ceiling Fans $3,100.00
Timber Lake Playhouse Masterclass Workshops $12,000.00
United Way Born Learning Trail $4,000.00
Warren Township Public Library 1000 Books Before Kindergarten $1,134.48

 “Many of the spring 2021 Community Needs grant requests received by the Freeport Community Foundation reflect a region that is still struggling through the on-going impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said FCF Executive Director Michelle DeHaven. “We are seeing support for programs typically funded by the respective organization’s own fundraising efforts.

“Perhaps the most jarring is the increase in grant requests for programs supporting basic human needs – food, shelter, day-to-day living support,” DeHaven continued.  “We at the FCF, based on previous granting trends, knew this was already a severe situation in our corner of far northwestern Illinois, but many families and many nonprofits are at a crisis point. We are hopeful that, with the region’s support, we will be able to make additional direct, positive impacts as the year progresses.”

Freeport Community Foundation has a 46-year history as a community-based charitable organization guided by community leaders who are dedicated to providing financial solutions for current and future community needs. During that time, the FCF has awarded almost $3.5 million in grant funding to non-profit organizations and projects throughout northwest Illinois. For additional information or to schedule a media opportunity, please contact the FCF at either (815) 801-3035 or via email at [email protected].


Media Contact:

FCF: Michelle DeHaven, Executive Director – [email protected]