Swedes Foundation announces $150K community grants

The SwedishAmerican Foundation announced Monday it will award grants totaling $150,000 through its Caring For Our Community program.

The Foundation will provide financial support to not-for-profit organizations, particularly those that complement the SwedishAmerican Foundation mission and vision, making the Rockford region a healthier and more secure place to live, work and raise families,” Swedes said in a statement.

The Foundation said it will benefit projects targeted at alleviating homelessness, hunger and the un/underemployed; improving community wellness; expanding early childhood development; and improving offender rehabilitation and reintegration.

“For nearly 20 years, the SwedishAmerican Foundation has had the privilege of reaching beyond the walls of our hospital and making significant investments in our community,” said SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “We’re excited to announce the SwedishAmerican Caring for Our Community Grant and allow our non-profits to partner with us to help make the region the very best it can be.”

Swedes said that it is interested in funding projects within its “neighborhood,” an 81-block area surrounding its campus: north to Rural Street, south to Railroad Avenue, west to 7th Street and east to Prospect Street; and on the city’s west side: north to Auburn Street, south to Harrison Avenue, west of the Rock River and east to Springfield Avenue. The Foundation says it will consider projects throughout other parts of the city.

All grant applications must be submitted to the SwedishAmerican Foundation by 5 p.m. Monday, May 1. Grants will be awarded once per year in August. Capital requests will not be considered.

For more information visit swedishamerican.org/about/foundation.

–Staff report

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