In 2012, the Foundation allocated its competitive grant making resources to support nonprofit organizations that are responding to current needs, have a track record of achieving objectives and have strong partnerships in place for projects that will advance the Foundation’s impact goals for its priorities.
Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County ($20,000)
Incorporated in 1995, the Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County has provided comprehensive services to 2,000 homebuyers, rehabilitated more than 200 properties and educated and counseled nearly 10,000 households. The grant will help leverage federal funds for the implementation of the Mundelein Neighborhood Transformation project.
The Liberty Prairie Foundation ($25,000)
The Liberty Prairie Foundation, established in 1995, is nationally recognized as a leader in developing and supporting enterprises that build and strengthen the local food system while enhancing the natural landscape. The grant will provide technical support to create viable sustainable local food projects in Waukegan and provide education and job opportunities for Waukegan residents as project leaders.
Since 1992, HealthReach has provided medical, dental and pharmaceutical services to over 5,000 poor and medically uninsured individuals across the county. The grant will support hiring a project manager to oversee the process of transitioning to federally qualified health center (FQHC) status.
Mano a Mano Family Resource Center ($17,500)
The Mano a Mano Family Resource Center provides programs and services to under-served and immigrant families of Lake County by educating and establishing links to essential community resources. The grant will support a feasibility study with IFF that will evaluate the potential to establish a multi-functional social service and community center in the Round Lake area.
The Alliance for Human Services, formerly known as The Lake County Leadership Task Force ($93,000)
The Foundation has been incubating the Alliance over the last two years. This third year of support will assist with the transition to and creation of The Alliance for Human Services. The Leadership Task Force (LTF), a volunteer coalition, spent the first two years focused on developing methods to enhance and sustain the health and human services sector while improving the quality of life for the most vulnerable in Lake County. At the end of the second year, the LTF developed a collaborative model and strategic plan to facilitate its transition into The Alliance for Human Services.
The mission of the Alliance will be to continuously improve the delivery of human services in Lake County. The Alliance will create a more robust and collaborative health and human services sector in Lake County that is enhanced by technology, inter-agency relationships and opportunities to serve those in need more efficiently and effectively.
For more information on the Foundation's 2014 grant cycle, please visit the Apply page.