A number of area non-profit organizations benefit from grants handed out Tuesday by the Community Foundation of West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.

A total of forty non-profits were awarded nearly $170-thousand dollars through the Community Foundation’s Competitive Grant Program.

The grant money came from 48 different endowment funds administered by the Community Foundation, and support a whole host of local charitable interests.

This year’s grant recipients include:
Abe Lincoln Project of Pike County, Illinois - To write and perform a play about Abraham Lincoln’s ties to Pike County, Illinois - United States Founding Fathers Fund, Pike County Endowment Fund
Advocacy Network for Children - Provide support to recruit, train and support additional Court Appointed Special Advocates - Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund, Brown County Endowment Fund
Bella Ease dba Quincy Teen REACH - Hire a teacher to tutor at-risk students - Noma Meyers Eaton Fund, Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund, Jon's Home Center Associates Fund
Bluff City Theater - Support live theater programming; primarily actor and director fees - Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Carl Sandburg College Foundation - Purchase refrigerator, freezer, shelving, and other supplies necessary to transform its existing student-centered Resource Room into a food pantry that is open to residents of Hancock County - Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Carthage Park Board - New playground equipment at the sports complex - Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois - Operating the Mobile Food Pantry in rural areas of Adams, Brown and Pike Counties - Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Chaddock Attachment and Trauma Services - Laptop computers for use by the Foster Care Visitation Specialists - Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund, Jane's Kids' Fund, Quincy Recycle Fund
CHART Teen Task Force - Sexuality educator for late elementary through high school aged students throughout Northeast Missouri- Unrestricted Endowment Funds, Marion County Endowment Fund
Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center - Increasing safety of both indoor and outdoor environments - Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Cornerstone: Foundation for Families - First Steps educational workshops - G.Arthur (Art) Keller Jr. Fund, Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund, James L. & Dorothy W. Rouner Fund
Good Samaritan Home - Purchase AED's (Automated External Defibrillator) for neighborhoods at Good Samaritan Home - Blessing Hospital Community Health Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Hannibal Alliance for Youth Success (HAYS) - Support social/emotional support through mentoring and student success activities - Marion County Endowment Fund
Hannibal Arts Council - General operating support - HOMEBANK Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County - Technology upgrades to update and preserve vital records for historic preservation - The Quincy Foundation Fund, Dennis R. and Barbara L. Williams Fund for Arts and Education
Horizons Social Services - Rescue and redistribute excess food in the community and help eliminate food insecurity - Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund, Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund, HOMEBANK of Quincy Fund, William & Sheila Menke Endowment
John Wood Community College Foundation - Noise-canceling corded headphones for testing stations in the regional testing center located in the JWCC Southeast Education Center (SEC) in Pittsfield, Illinois - Mercantile Endowment Fund
Lewis County Fair Association - Renovations of the Lewis County 4-H Youth Building located on the Lewis County Fair Grounds - Lewis County Endowment Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Lewis County Food Pantry - Purchase food and supplies for residents in need who reside in Lewis County - Lewis County Endowment Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Muddy River Opera Co. - Support for the 2021 opera season - Dennis R. and Barbara L. Williams Fund for Arts and Education, Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts
OATS, Inc. - Funding for accessible minibus for transportation in Lewis County, Missouri - Lewis County Endowment Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Quanada - Supporting the Violet Lens studio, providing stipends to high school interns to assist in producing digital violence prevention content - Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund, Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Quincy Children's Museum - Support for outreach programming, including hands-on learning experiences, pop-up displays, organizational partnerships, etc. - Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Quincy Community Theatre - Support for upcoming productions and educational programming - Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts, Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Quincy Family YMCA - Operating and program support to support operating costs - Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Quincy Museum, Inc. - Maintain the historic Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion and the collections it contains and provide educational programming - Dennis R. and Barbara L. Williams Fund for Arts and Education, Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Quincy Public Library - Quincy Community Read to distribute 1,500 books - Dennis R. and Barbara L. Williams Fund for Arts and Education
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association - Operating support for the 2021-2022 concert season - Jayne & Leroy Boeckelman Fund for Young Musicians, Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association - Youth programs of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association - Alan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund, Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
Quincy University- Music education outreach concerts for students - Mercantile Endowment Fund
Quincy YMCA / Brown County Early Learning Center - Operating support - Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Regional Office of Education - Ready.Set.Grow! initiative, purchasing books for Health Department nurses, hospital nurses, and volunteers to distribute to parents - Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund, Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
Salvation Army of Quincy - Water safety/lifeguard training - Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
Salvation Army of Quincy - Provide families in Northeast Missouri with temporary housing - Marion County Endowment Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Transitions of Western Illinois - Recreational equipment for persons with developmental disabilities - Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri - Providing hunger relief in Lewis County - Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri - Providing hunger relief in Marion County - Unrestricted Endowment Funds
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri - Providing hunger relief in Shelby County - Unrestricted Endowment Funds
The Village of the Blue Rose - Sign along Highway 79 for The Village of the Blue Rose - Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Two Rivers Resource Conservation & Development - Support of the Access Food Program in Pike County, which provides a way for hunters to donate a deer for food pantries with all processing costs are covered by the program - Pike County Endowment Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
United Way of Adams County - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program services to low income taxpayers who live in or near Adams County - Arthur O. & Lela B. Lindsay Fund
United Way of the Mark Twain Area - Increasing early childhood literacy opportunities through the Dolly Parton ‘Imagination Library Program’ - Unrestricted Endowment Funds
West Central Child Care Connection - Books for babies through annual “Born Learning” project - Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds
Western Illinois Works, Inc. - Hancock County CEO program for high school students - Hancock County Endowment Fund, Unrestricted Endowment Funds

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