The SwedishAmerican Foundation is excited to announce it will award grants through its fourth annual Caring for Our Community Grant Program. The Foundation will provide financial support to not-for-profit organizations, particularly those that complement the SwedishAmerican Foundation’s mission and vision. The grant application will be available Sunday, March 1 through Wednesday, April 15.

This unique opportunity is available for not-for-profit entities or organizations that serve or represent the Rockford community or communities within the service area of SwedishAmerican. Projects should support alleviating homelessness, hunger and un(under)employment; improving health and wellness; expanding early childhood development; and improving offender rehabilitation/reintegration. Capital requests will not be accepted, and funding will not be awarded to further the mission work of religious organizations.

The Caring for Our Community grants are awarded once per year in August.  Last year’s grant recipients were Awaken 815’s life skills and job training program, KFACT’s Lady All Star Holistic Mentoring Program, Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries Park Players Program, and Stateline Youth for Christ’s Juvenile Justice Ministry.

“We are extremely proud to support our local nonprofits, and are amazed at the impact they are making in our community,” says SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “We are honored that SwedishAmerican’s mission extends beyond our walls through this support, and appreciate the opportunity to give back to those organizations that help Rockford thrive.”

All grants must be submitted to the SwedishAmerican Foundation by 4:30 p.m. on April 15 in order to be considered. The guidelines and application can be found at www.swedishamericanfoundation.org.