Annual grant recipients announced at Business After Hours

Staff Writer
Morton Times-News

The Morton Community Foundation hosted the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event April 25 at Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center.

The event was used as the platform for announcing their annual grant recipients. Announcements were made of recipients of nearly $32,000 in grants from the 2013 competitive grant cycle.

This year, the Foundation received 29 grant applications, and those requests totaled over $115,000. The grant review committee was made up of representatives from: School District 709, Village of Morton, Morton Township, Morton Park District, Morton Library, Morton Chamber of Commerce, two at-large community representatives, two students from Morton High School and three Morton Community Foundation representatives.

It was this committee that had the difficult job of prioritizing all the requests and determining which would be funded and to what extent… a difficult task, as all of the requests were worthwhile, even if they don’t prioritize as highly as another.

On Monday, at the MHS Awards and Scholarships event held at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center, the Foundation will announce six recipients of another $7,000 in scholarships to Morton High School seniors toward their college expenses.

These scholarship funds are held at the Morton Community Foundation, and are administered through the Morton High School counseling office.

Also, an additional $36,000 in non-MHS scholarships, grants from Donor Advised Funds (funds that allow the donor to recommend grants to their favorite charities), and grants from Designated Funds (funds that benefit specific organizations) will be distributed, for a total of $75,000 in 2013 grants.

For a complete list of grants from the Foundation’s 2013 Competitive Grant Cycle, visit www.cfmorton.org.

Following is a list of the 2013 grants given.

$1,300 — Bethel Lutheran School, toward the cost of a video-phone front entry security system.

$1,900 — Blessed Sacrament School, toward the cost of four SMART Document Cameras (to be used with SMART Boards).

$525 — Center for the Prevention of Abuse, toward the cost of educational and therapeutic games and area rug.

$180 — Central Illinois Youth Symphony, toward the cost of a digital camera to be used for promotion and social media.

$2,391 — Community Harvest, toward the cost of heavy-duty folding chairs and wire containers with casters.

$600 — Groveland Township Pioneer Committee, toward the cost of a laptop computer for the Groveland Community Library.

$500 — Heart of Morton NFP, toward the cost of a computer needed to support an embroidery machine to be used in teaching life skills to young adults with developmental disabilities.

$1,900 — Jefferson Elementary School, toward the cost of five iPads to be used in their new Morton Leadership Academy program focusing on leadership and mentoring, careers and occupations, goal setting, service and project based learning and social emotional learning.

$1,900 — Lettie Brown Elementary School, toward the cost of five iPads to be used in classrooms to help equip students with the skills necessary to compete in the constantly evolving world of technology.

$1,900 — Lincoln Elementary School, toward the cost of five iPads to be used in classrooms to help equip students with the skills necessary to compete in the constantly evolving world of technology.

$1,200 — MHS Athletic Department, toward the cost of four courtside benches to be placed at the MHS Tennis Courts.

$650 — MHS Cross Country, toward the cost of additional team uniforms needed for a growing cross country program.

$1,850 — Midwest Food Bank (Morton location), toward the cost of equipment and supplies needed to set up a “Tender Mercies” meal kit hand-packaging room for volunteers.

$2,500 — Morton Chamber of Commerce, toward the construction costs of building another new stone Morton Entryway Sign.

$4,000 — Morton Fine Arts Association, toward the construction costs of the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion, Idlewood Park.

$1,500 — Morton Fire Department, toward the purchase of a portable AED (automated external defibrillator) to be placed at the Morton Tourism Association office.

$1,300 — Morton Junior High School, toward the purchase of of three foam floor mats to be used by P.E. classes, and by health classes where they are used in the CPR unit in which every student is CPR and AED certified.

$1,200 — Morton Junior High School, toward the construction costs of “in-ground” dugouts for Pony Field No. 5, at Westwood Park (currently the most used, and yet smallest and in worst shape).

$1,150 — Morton Public Library, toward the purchase of a desktop computer with large memory and monitor, Past Perfect Imaging Software, Past Perfect Network Upgrade.

$1,035 — PARC/EP!C, toward the purchase of a video projector, lap-top and three different educational curriculums for use in serving individuals with developmental disabilities.

$550 — TCRC, toward the purchase of wireless computer-based equipment, including tablets, which would enrich its Early Intervention program for young children in our area who experience developmental delays. This grant is added to a $500 non-competitive grant given to TCRC from their own agency fund. Total 2013 grant $1,050.

$750 — Morton Police Department, toward the purchase of a wireless control system and timer for the Morton Police target practice gun range.

$1,000 — Camp Big Sky, toward the purchase of material to construct & install one of three new fishing/nature study docks on Marj-El Lake, Camp Big Sky.