Moraine Township, Lake County, Illinois
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Moraine Township Announces Grant Proposal Deadline of February 1, 2007

Contact: Mari Barnes, Supervisor (847) 432-3240
For Immediate Release November 22, 2006

Moraine Township Supervisor Mari Barnes has announced that newly revised applications and guidelines for funding requests from nonprofit agencies for FY07-08 are available at the Township office, 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park and on their website (  Applicant proposals will be due February 1, 2007, a month earlier than last year, and awards made by April 1, 2007, the start of the Township's next fiscal year.  The amount budgeted for FY07-08 is $100,000, an increase over last year.

"All nonprofit agencies providing direct services to Moraine Township residents are invited to submit requests for funding support," Barnes said.  "Based upon our Board's initial experience last year, we've made some adjustments to the Guidelines and Application Form to clarify what sorts of proposals will be considered for funding.  Our goal is to save agencies from wasted efforts if their proposals don't conform to Township Guidelines.  We hope that those in doubt about qualifying will contact us before submitting a lengthy proposal."

Last year, the Moraine Township Board voted on distributing $80,000 in direct grants, based upon recommendations of a volunteer Citizen Grant Advisory Committee.   Those grants in FY06-07 ranged from $250 to $15,000, awarded to 21 of 27 applicants.  The Citizen Grant Advisory Committee will continue to advise the Board this year.

The $100,000 budgeted for grants for FY07-08 is in addition to the Township's financial resources for General Assistance (direct help for individuals), and extensive emergency medical, shelter, safety and other services for youth, seniors, disabled and economically disadvantaged residents.  The Township also provides donated goods in its Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and Moraine Door-to-Door paratransit van/taxi subsidy program.

"Townships are special-purpose governments, representing the community's generosity and resident safety net.  We hope the public will continue to become increasingly aware of Moraine Township as the source of first resort for needy residents.  Think of us when you experience a hardship, or when you want to share your good fortune.

"The grant program administers our tax-supported dollars to deserving agencies serving Township residents and employees.  We hope to hear from everyone involved in such efforts," Barnes asserted.

Moraine Township boundaries include all of Highwood, most of Highland Park, and small portions of Deerfield and Lake Forest.

Contact Moraine Township at (847) 432-3240 to receive an application form, or stop in at 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park or download the Guidelines and Application Proposal Forms as PDFs online at

Posted November 22, 2006

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