The Boone County Community Foundation held their annual Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce Grant Breakfast on Nov. 13. The

ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Republican
Grant recipients gathered at the end of the ceremony for a group photo with the presentation check.

Foundation has grown to hold more than $6 million in total assets, as of October 2018. Including distributions made at the grant breakfast, the Foundation has distributed more than $1,005,543 in grants and scholarships, since 2011.

The 2018 grants are part of the Community Grant program which consists of grants from the Melvin & Mildred Banks Funds, the Wilbur & William Cummings Fund, and donor advised funds. At the breakfast, the Foundation distributed grants totaling $109,245 to 18 different non-profit organizations.

Grant Recipients | Grant Amount | Purpose

Boone County Arts Council: $2,000 – for a partial sponsorship of Fifth Grade Arts Festival

Boone County Auction Association, (NFP) Inc.: $5,000- for a Fair Dairy Barn wash rack

Boone County Council on Aging: $1,000- for monthly health care literacy sessions/breakfasts

Boone County Fair-4-H, Grange Food Complex: $6,000- for an upgrade on the 4-H Food stand and Grange

Boone County Conversation District: $65,645 – for rehab and improvement to Long Prairie Trail, including replacing three bridges and repairing a fourth

Boone County Museum of History: $5,000 – to subsidize an interactive farm exhibit for young children

City of Belvidere: $4,000- to construct a park pavilion at Christi Lane & Highline Street

Family Counseling Services: $2,000- to subsidize mental health services in Boone County

First Presbyterian Church: $3,500- for the Compassion Closet food expenses

Girls Scouts of Northern Illinois: $1,000- to subsidize Girl Scout leadership training in Boone County

Flaming Monkeys 4-H Robotic Club: $2,000- for travel and material costs for their Robotics Program

Habitat for Humanity: $2,000 – for affordable home construction for families in Boone County

Parks & Conservation Foundation: $1,500 – to continue restoration to Stone Schoolhouse

PAWS Humane Society: $500- to subsidize the cost to spay/neuter stray, feral, and farm cats

RAMP: $1,500 – to subsidize an internship program for students with disabilities

Sister Cities Association of Belvidere: $1,000 – to support youth and host family exchange program

University of Illinois-4-H: $1,100- for reaching underserved youth audiences

Winnebago-Boone County Farm Bureau: $4,500 to expand Ag Education in Boone County Schools

About the Boone County Community Foundation

The Boone County Community Foundation exists to improve the quality of life in Boone County for today, tomorrow and the future by building a culture of giving in our community and by connecting donors. We are a tax exempt, non-profit, philanthropic organization with the long-term goal of building permanent, named funds for the broad-based charitable benefit of the residents in Boone County and to strengthen our community through philanthropy. We offer the best tax advantages for charitable donations operating as a 501(c)(3) organization of the internal revenue code.