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MORAINE TOWNSHIP ANNOUNCES GRANT AWARDS FOR FY12-13

The Moraine Township Board of Trustees recently awarded grants totaling $225,875 to area nonprofit agencies serving local residents during this fiscal year (April 1-March 31).

Upon accepting the recommendations of their Citizen Grant Advisory Committee, funding support was voted for services to Moraine Township residents provided by the following agencies: A Safe Place, Cancer Wellness Center, Career Resource Center, Center for Enriched Living, College Bound Opportunities, Community Partners for Affordable Housing, Equestrian Connection, Family Network, Family Service, Focus on the Arts, Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center, Interfaith Housing Center of the Northern Suburbs, JCYS/Champ Camp, The Josselyn Center, Lambs Farm, Links-North Shore Youth Health Service, Nurture, Southeast Lake County Faith in Action Volunteers, Tri-Con Child Care Center, and Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.

The Grant Advisory Committee's Executive Summary submitted to the Board states that the Township received applications from 20 agencies, down from 25 last year. The Committee recommended funding support for all 20, involving 23 different programs. Requested funds totaled $271,535. Regrettably, some agencies funded in the past failed to apply this year by the annual proposal deadline of February 1.

New this year: all proposals were submitted electronically. According to the Summary, this system was an effort to be greener, to reduce wear and costs of duplicating proposals on the Township's photocopying machine, and to more efficiently circulate the proposals to the committee. It proved to be further advantageous since missing or incomplete portions of the proposals were vetted in advance, allowing agencies to improve the clarity of their proposals before distribution to the committee.

"Our position is that we want to fund agencies serving our residents, so we make every effort to help them be successful in their proposals. And certainly, the Board could not be as confident of our decisions to make these important awards without the detailed study of proposals made by our community volunteers," said Supervisor Mari Barnes. "Once again, they put in many hours of dedicated effort to come up with their recommendations, and we thank them most sincerely."

"The allocation was again significantly more than last year's to respond to the continuing economic crises facing local nonprofit agencies," according to Board liaison Trustee Jackie Schechter (Highwood). 

Members of the Citizen Grant Advisory Committee this year were Chair Harry Crane, Joel Carp, Judith Datz, Wendi Ezgur, Mark Gilhooley and Beth Olderman (all Highland Park) and Matthew Ferrari from Highwood. A second Board liaison was Trustee Bryna Gamson (Highland Park). Crane has completed his term as Chair, and Datz was appointed to that position for next year.

Details on the grant process, the Executive Summary, and links to grantee agency websites may be found on the Township's website at http://morainetownship.org. The Township's phone number is 847-432-3240.

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