FREEPORT — The Freeport Community Foundation and the United Way of Northwest Illinois announced on April 23 that they awarded $205,000 in Northwest Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund grants to 30 nonprofit organizations based throughout Stephenson, Jo Daviess and Carroll counties.


The emergency needs grants awarded include funding for ten northwest Illinois organizations offering assorted COVID-19 emergency needs support programs to citizens impacted by the pandemic, nine support emergency food distributions, four emergency childcare programs, four support short-term economic stimulus projects, and three emergency nonprofit operational assistances related to COVID-19 losses.


Grant recipients includes Jo-Carroll Energy NFP, which recieved $30,000 for its Neighbor-to-Neighbor Care Program; Amity Society of Freeport, which received $10,000 for emergency child care assistance; Family YMCA of Northwest Illinois, which received $10,000 for emergency child care assistance; VOICES of Stephenson County, which received $10,000 for emergency pandemic support services; the Senior Resource Center, which received $7,500 for safety net services; the Salvation Army – Freeport, which received $5,000 for its Freeport COVID-19 response; the Boys & Girls Club of Freeport and Stephenson County, which received $4,000 for its nutrition program; Hearts That Care Inc. of Freeport, which received $4,000 for family food assistance; Elizabeth Food Basket Inc., which received $2,500 for family food assistance; Faith Community Food Pantry, which received $2,500 for its food assistance program; and Hanover United Presbyterian Church Pantry, which received $2,500 for family food assistance.


The funds supporting these grants include $100,000 awarded to the agency partnership from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund and $5,000 awarded to the United Way of Northwest Illinois from private donations.


The additional $100,000 in NWIL COVID-19 Response Fund emergency relief funding comes from the Freeport Community


The Foundation’s Community Needs/Matt Marvin Unrestricted Fund provided $15,000 to New Horizons Counseling Center, Freeport for an emergency care reduced fee program; $15,000 to Freeport Area Church Cooperative for emergency food pantry support; $10,000 to Northern Illinois Food Bank for food acquisition and distribution; $10,000 to Greater Freeport Partnership for its small business economic stimulus program; $6,000 to Mother Hubbard’s Kiddie Cupboard for emergency family relief; $6,000 to Northern Illinois Community Action Agency for NICAA Golden Meals Senior Support; $5,000 to CONTACT of Northern Illinois for a COVID-19 crisis helpline and referral support; $4,000 to Timberlake Playhouse for emergency operational support; $3,000 to Public Health Foundation of Northern Illinois for a community mask project; $2,500 to Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwest Illinois for emergency operating support; $2,000 to Lena Area Historical Society for LBPA stimulus and resident assistance; and $2,000 to Stockton Chamber of Commerce for a small business economic stimulus program.


Thirty-one applications were submitted to the NWIL COVID-19 Response Fund, totaling $300,963 in funding requests. Of Those applicants, all but one received some amount of funding.


It is projected that multiple rounds of ICRF grant funding will be provided aimed at addressing needs as they evolve.


For information: freeportcommunityfoundation.org; uwni.org.