Foundation's 2015 Grant Recipients

Representatives of the eighteen organizations that received a 2015 Lake County Community Foundation grant.


On June 26, 2015, The Lake County Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Chicago Community Trust, announced $159,500 in grants to local nonprofit organizations addressing the urgent needs of the most vulnerable individuals and families in the county. 


The following grant recipients have demonstrated exceptional commitment to making Lake County a better place to live, work and raise a family in the areas designated to have the most impact on the county’s current needs.


2015 Grant Recipients:


Affordable Housing Corporation of Lake County - $15,000 to support its expansion of the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program to North Chicago and targeted low income neighborhoods in Lake County.


A Safe Place - $18,000 to formally establish the Partnership for a Safer Lake County.


Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) - $20,000 in seed money to increase the organization's capacity through the establishment of an Outreach Coordinator position dedicated to serving Lake County workers. 


Liberty Prairie Foundation - $25,000 to support the establishment of a streamlined countywide local food system.


Mano a Mano Family Resource Center - $25,000 to increase the organization’s capacity to meet significant and increasing demand for comprehensive immigration services in Lake County.


Noah’s Rest Inc. - $4,500 to support the creation of a targeted comprehensive marketing strategy and implementation plan. 


Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - $18,000 to support the integration of physical health services into the Healthy Families Program.


Waukegan to College - $22,000 to collaboratively pilot a healthcare STEM pathway at Waukegan High School.


Boys & Girls Club of Lake County - $10,000 to cover expenses incurred during the Waukegan School District 60 strike in October 2014.


YWCA Lake County - $6,000 to cover expenses incurred through the School-Age program during the Waukegan School District 60 strike in October 2014.


Ounce of Prevention Fund – $10,000 to develop a North Chicago Community early learning plan for North Chicago Community Unit School District 187.


UChicago Impact – $12,000 to implement the 5Essentials Professional Learning Series in Zion Elementary School District 6.


Additionally, six organizations, Antioch Area Healthcare Accessibility Alliance, Beacon Place, Community Youth Network, ElderCARE Lake County, UMMA Center and Waukegan to College were selected to participate in the inaugural Capacity Building Series.  This $17,500 initiative is funded in partnership with Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County. “We are very excited about this new program and have been intentional about identifying a cohort of participants that can collectively address issues that each of them are working through at their respective agencies,” said Maggie Morales, the Foundation’s Manager of Community Engagement. The series provides intensive education and customized coaching to Foundation grant recipients in order to strengthen board governance knowledge and skills and to develop strong leaders throughout the entire participant organization. 


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