Lisa Blickhan, Shelby County Service Coordinator at the not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC), accepts a grant Wednesday from Philip Krupps, board chairman of the Community Foundation, during a presentation ceremony at the Quincy, Ill., Art Center. NECAC was one of 51 non-profit organizations, educational institutions and religious entities in 12 Northeast Missouri and West-Central Illinois counties that shared more than $118,000 in Competitive Grant Program funding this year for local projects that benefit those in need. Other recipients from Missouri included Project Community Connect, United Way of the Mark Twain Area, CHART Teen Task Force, The Child Center Inc., Clover Road Christian Church of Hannibal, Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.), Hannibal-LaGrange University, Communities Taking Action Inc. of Shelbyville, The Heritage Seekers Inc. of Palmyra, Monroe City and Bowling Green schools, Pike County Connections, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Lewis County Fair, Lewis County Food Pantry and Grow Knox County. This year’s allocations were a record, said Community Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Jill Arnold Blickhan. “The work you do is commendable,” she told the audience. The Competitive Grant Program is just one aspect of the foundation, which last year awarded more than $1 million in funding in its region. More information is available by calling 217-222-1237 or logging on to