SwedishAmerican Foundation Awards Nearly $150,000 to Local Not-For-Profit Organizations

The SwedishAmerican Foundation is excited to announce it has awarded nearly $150,000 in 12 grants to local not-for-profit organizations. The Foundation hosted a special news conference today at SwedishAmerican Hospital to announce the winners of its inaugural Caring for our Community Grant. SwedishAmerican is the only hospital in Rockford that awards community grants through donor giving.

The Caring for our Community Grant was designed specifically for not-for-profit organizations that complement the SwedishAmerican Foundation mission and vision, making the Rockford region a healthier and more secure place to live, work and raise families. Fifty-eight grant applications were received and 12 grants were selected based on the profound effect the project will have on our neighborhood and community.

The largest grant of $29,000 was awarded to One Body Collaboratives for its Compassionate Impacts Project. The project will serve all individuals and families focusing on neighborhoods with a higher density of poverty, including the 61104 zip code area and the city’s west side. Other grants include:

•$20,000 for Family Counseling Services of Northern Illinois Counseling (FCSNI) Improves Health Program, subsidizing the sliding fee scale of FCSNI and allow low-income individuals and family access to mental health services.

•$15,000 for Blackhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America, Inc. ScoutReach Program, a program that serves all at-risk youth in the community with financial support and positive role models.

•$15,000 for Transform Rockford Building Community Capacity to Address Significant Social Issues, an initiative to build our community’s capacity to move from fragmented action and results to collective action and deep and durable impact that will benefit our entire community.

•$13,000 for Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries (RALM) Park Players Program which teaches at-risk teens and children violence prevention skills in a creative playground setting. This program touches 400 children each summer.

•$11,400 for Lifescape Community Services, Inc. Access for New Adult Day Program Clients, giving older adults who need daytime supervision immediate short-term access to the program.

•$10,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Boone County 2017 Home Build Project, an initiative to help build a home for a partner family in Boone County.

•$10,000 for Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. for Neighborhood-Based Housing Advocacy and Education Program, a targeted effort of outreach and education to help residents of low-income neighborhoods in Rockford, particularly surrounding SwedishAmerican Hospital, receive legal advocacy with the goal of promoting housing stability.

•$10,000 for Veterans Drop-In Center Computer Access and Literacy Program, a program to assist in reducing homelessness by helping veterans learn basic computer skills, such as searching for employment, housing and other life necessities on the internet.

•$6,000 for Rock House Kids Burglar Alarm System. The new system will allow Rock House Kids to extend their services and programming and increase safety for the children and employees.

•$5,000 for Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Project Opportunity Outreach Program, providing 1,000 low-income and at-risk girls with developmental and academic programs from healthy relationships to financial literacy and more.

•$5,000 for Rockford Park District Fitness is Fun Program, to expand programming to 250 low-income and/or minority families at Washington Park and Lewis Lemmon Community Centers.

“SwedishAmerican Foundation is extremely thrilled and honored to award nearly $150,000 in grants to local not-for-profit organizations that are truly making a difference in our community,” says SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “We have funded local projects and organizations for years, but now we look to address the root cause of what challenges our neighborhoods. This is another example of how SwedishAmerican cares deeply about its community.”

SwedishAmerican Foundation’s next grant cycle will take place in March 2018. For more information about grant winners and how to donate to the SwedishAmerican Foundation, please visit www.swedishamericanfoundation.org or call (779) 696-2496.

For further information, contact:

Katryna Kirby