Foundation awards over $135,000

Foundation awards over $135,000


Ever wonder “What Makes a Stepsister Ugly?” Or what “TechGirls” or the Simple Solutions Handbook are? About 75 people found out at the Grants Reception hosted by the Rockford Community Foundation on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 13.

“Twice a year, the Foundation brings together members of the nonprofit community to receive grant awards and network with their colleagues,” said Foundation Trustee Kent Mallquist. “This is a time to honor the hard work of the nonprofit sector as well as learn more about each organization’s programs and activities.”

The Foundation announced grants totaling $135,467 to 30 organizations from its Community Needs, Community Arts and Humanities, and In Youth We Trust Funds. Rockford Dance Company received funding for its outreach/lecture demonstration program, “What Makes a Stepsister Ugly?” The YWCA’s “TechGirls” program will give girls hands-on computer training and connect them with women working in technological fields. The Center for Sight and Hearing’s Simple Solutions Handbook, which outlines adaptive equipment available for purchase by people with sight or hearing impairment, also received a Foundation grant.

On a regional note, the Arts Alliance of Ogle County received an award to create a field sculpture. Communication Matters Association of Freeport received support for community awareness of the special needs of the hearing impaired, and Neighborhood Housing Services of Freeport received a grant for its homeownership program.

“This was an extremely competitive grant cycle,” noted the foundation’s Program Officer James Patterson. “Many of the proposals involved youth programs, and we would have liked to provide funding for many more than we were able. Preliminary grants for our next cycle are due February 1st, and we hope that those who were not funded this time will re-apply.”

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