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MORAINE TOWNSHIP BOARD ANNOUNCES GRANTEES FOR FY13-14

The Moraine Township Board of Trustees recently awarded grants totaling $307,500 to area nonprofit agencies serving local residents during this fiscal year (April 1-March 31). This represents a significant increase from last year due to severe cutbacks agencies are facing, as well as the entry of several new ones in the pool of approved applicants.

Upon accepting the recommendations of their Citizen Grant Advisory Committee made at their April 25 meeting, funding support was voted for services to Moraine Township residents provided by the following agencies: A Safe Place, Best Futures, 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 2015, Highland Park Community Nursery School & Day Care Center, Jewish Child & Family Services, JCYS/Champ Camp, The Josselyn Center, Lambs Farm, Links-North Shore Youth Health Service, New Foundation Center, Nurture, Oak Terrace PTA/TASK, PADS Lake County, Southeast Lake County Faith in Action Volunteers, The Art Center, 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 28 agencies (up from 20 last year), requesting funding for 32 programs.  The Committee recommended funding support for 25 agencies, involving 29 different programs.  Requested funds totaled $411,250. Regrettably, one funded for FY12-13 failed to adhere to guideline terms of their grant and was disqualified from consideration for FY13-14. The Committee recommended that two other new submissions did not submit proposals appropriate to the Moraine Township Grant Program.

All proposals were submitted electronically by February 1.  According to the Executive Summary, this system allows for the process 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.  Agencies were also more efficiently invited to improve the clarity of their proposals before distribution to the committee.

"We want to fund agencies serving our residents, so we make every effort to help them be successful in their proposals, by inviting them to discuss their submissions beforehand.  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 Judith Datz, Gail Feiger Brown, Joel Carp, Mark Gilhooley and Beth Olderman (all Highland Park) and Matthew Ferrari from Highwood.  Board liaison was Trustee Bryna Gamson (Highland Park).  

The vote by the Board of Trustees at their May 9 meeting was the final official act of this administration, who will be replaced by newly elected officials on May 17.

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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