HANNIBAL | Representatives from dozens of area organizations learned how to apply for grants to fund local charitable projects during a workshop Wednesday in the Partee Center at Hannibal-LaGrange University.
Heath Richmond, chief community officer with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri, discussed the steps of the application process for organizations like religious institutions, governmental entities and non-profit groups applying for competitive grants between $500 and $5,000 from the Community Foundation's permanent community endowments.
Marion County's Endowment Fund was launched in 2012, becoming a permanent community endowment fund through a $15,000 matching grant from the Community Foundation. Richmond said endowments throughout the 12-county area grow each year — the funds surged 11 percent over the past year through annual investment plans and new community donations.
Richmond said the Marion County Endowment has reached close to $100,000. The Community Foundation made grants totaling $125,000 in 2019, with agencies seeking $316,000.
Since 1997, the foundation has made more than $8 million in grants for charitable projects in its 12-county service area in Missouri and Illinois — $600,000 in funds has been used for programs in Marion County. Richmond commended area residents for their strong sense of community and desire to help one another.
“The impact we make — just being part of the community and believing in your community — I think it's so important that people give back,” Richmond said. “This is where we live and we raise our children and we work. Why would you not want to help your neighbors and everything?”
Richmond outlined key details for submitting an application for Competitive Grant funds from three sources: Unrestricted Endowment Funds, which support various charitable community projects; Field of Interest Funds, which support non-profit organizations efforts in areas such as arts education, children with disabilities, education, health, human services, youth in need and patriotism; and County Endowment Funds, including the Lewis County Endowment Fund and the Marion County Endowment Fund in Missouri.
Jared Moore, youth services director with Douglass Community Services, said the workshop provided him with valuable insight into grants that could help fund programs under the DCS umbrella like Kids in Motion, Teens in Motion and Court Appointed Special Advocates.
“I appreciate their focus on local programs,” Moore said. “This helps to get a broader view of all the work they do in the area.”
Moore said he enjoyed the chance to work toward making an impact on the community along with fellow organizations, and he was happy that Community Foundation representatives were available to assist with the grant application process.
For donation opportunities to the Marion County Endowment Fund or for more information about the Community Foundation, call 217-222-1237, email email@example.com, or visit www.mycommunityfoundation.orgor www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.