Moraine Township

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Board Awards 20% Increase in Grants to Local Nonprofit Agencies

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2009
Contact: Mari Barnes, Supervisor, 847-432-3240 or


Noting challenging fundraising conditions as well as increased service demands upon nonprofit agencies during the present economic downturn, the Moraine Township Board of Trustees allocated a 20% increase to their Grant Program funding for the coming fiscal year, which runs April 1-March 31. Having initiated a formal Grant Program awarding $80,000 in FY06-07, during each of the subsequent two years the Board has awarded $100,000 in grants to local agencies providing direct services to Moraine Township residents.

At their meeting of April 23, 2009, the Board accepted all recommendations presented by their Citizen Grant Advisory Committee to award funds totalling $120,000 to 22 programs run by 19 nonprofit organizations serving Moraine Township residents.

Supervisor Mari Barnes thanked the committee for their dedicated volunteer efforts, and noted that "Despite belt-tightening that must happen in other spheres, Township government is here to insure that residents in need be served. The agencies we support are the direct service providers for day care, psychological and health counseling, developmentally disabled programs, job hunting, immigrant aid and housing. We would not be the same caring community without them."

Citizen Grant Advisory Committee member Harry Crane (of Highland Park) presented their report. Other committee members included Chair Wendi Ezgur and Nancy Rotering of Highland Park, and John Sirotti, of Highwood. Observer Adela Lozano from the Township's Latino Advisory Committee participated, as did Moishe Nava, a local Highwood businessman. Trustee Bryna Gamson was Board liaison.

Agencies are required to appear before the Board at public meetings, giving grant progress reports. The public is encouraged to attend or view these updates on cable Channel 10, and get involved in local nonprofit agencies as volunteers and donors.

The Township's fiscal year is April 1-March 31. Applications for funding are due February 1. Funding decisions are generally made by March 31.

Grantee agencies are listed on the Township website. Moraine Township's FY09-10 grantees are: A Safe Place, Cancer Wellness Center, Career Resource Center, Center for Enriched Living, Epilepsy Services of Northeastern Illinois, Family Network, Family Service (and Nuestro Center), Glenkirk, Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center, Highland Park/Highwood Home Child Care Association, Highland Park Illinois Community Land Trust, Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs (Homesharing Program), JCYS/Lutz Center, Josselyn Center, Links–North Shore Youth Health Service, PADS Crisis Services, The Art Center (Make Art Count program), Tri-Con Child Care Center, Zacharias Center.

Application forms and complete information on the Grant Program are available on the Township's website at For FY10-11, agencies planning to submit proposals should anticipate minor revisions to the Application. Call (847) 432-3240 for further information.



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