IPCF awards grants to 12 local programs


BLOOMINGTON — Twelve local nonprofit programs in Central Illinois have been awarded a total of $37,641 in grants by the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF) this past week.

The grants were given through the Women to Women Giving Circle and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy, the IPCF said in a press release.

Recipient organizations sharing the $27,641 Women to Women awards are:

  • Children’s Discovery Museum in collaboration with Children’s Home + Aid’s Scott Early Learning Center – $7,100 for “Growing STEAM Potential Through Play,” a program that aims to engage children, families and educators in playful learning experiences that enhance their excitement, curiosity and interest about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) topics.
  • Lexington Elementary School in collaboration with Lexington Park District – $6,150 for “Littlest Learners – ‘Lex’ Go Get Moving,” a program that aims to improve the health and wellness of children under the age of 10 and help them develop a foundation for a healthy lifestyle while supporting their personal networks with resources, guidelines and opportunities to get active and make healthy choices.
  • Music Connections Foundation in collaboration with Marcfirst and The Baby Fold – $6,991 for “Kindermusik Class at SPICE for the At-Risk,” a program enabling parents and therapists to learn strategies for incorporating music, movement and literature into their routines and therapy sessions to ease stressful times and times of transition and to foster development in children, while promoting positive parenting and strengthening the parent-child relationship.
  • The Baby Fold in collaboration with McLean County Health Department – $3,000 for “Perinatal Mood Disorders Community Education and Outreach,” a program to encourage pregnant women and parents of very young children to seek mental health care and other supportive services as soon as they recognize they may be experiencing anxiety, depression and/or other mood disorders; program seeks to reduce the stigma related to seeking care.
  • The Immigration Project in collaboration with McLean County Unit 5 Schools – $4,400 for “Holistic Information Sessions for Immigrant Families,” a program to create more secure and healthier families by providing immigration legal information and advice to immigrant families while also providing useful skills to reduce some of the trauma inherent in the immigrant experience.

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

  • Bloomington High School Promise Council – $2,000 for “Lights On at BHS” to provide a year-round safe, inclusive environment for events and activities that will engage students, educate them on the opportunities in the community and empower them to make changes in their lives and the world around them.
  • Fostering Dignity – $600 for “Backpacks for Youth,” a program that provides backpacks for Department of Children and Family Services investigators to use when removing children from their homes.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association – $1,195 for “MDA Summer Camp,” a week-long summer camp where children aged 6-17 living with muscle diseases can enjoy a safe outdoor experience with a variety of adaptive activities, allowing them to stretch their comfort zones and become more independent.
  • Sunnyside Community Garden & Food Forest – $2,880 for “Growing Up!” to provide teens and pre-teens the opportunity to focus on leadership skills while enhancing their gardening skills; in turn, they will pass on their knowledge of gardening to youth (K-5) from the Boys & Girls Club in the Grow Your Garden program throughout the spring and summer.
  • The Forgotten Initiative – $1,200 for “The Joy of Dreaming” to fulfill the wishes of local youth in the foster care system, allowing them to focus on experiences that help them feel normal in an abnormal situation.
  • The Vault Community Center, Clinton – $480 for “Letters to My Younger Self” to involve youth at the community center in interviewing and video recording local adults about things they wish they could go back in time and do differently; youth will create a composite film of their interviews; grant will provide funding for equipment on screening night.
  • YWCA of McLean County – $1,645 for “Anti-Bias Education” to educate local school children about racism, sexism, ableism and more with the goal of eliminating bullying and creating a more inclusive environment that understands and celebrates diversity not only at school, but in the community at large.



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