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10 Elgin nonprofits set to receive $200,000 in Grand Victoria money from city

Kids from Boys   Girls Club Elgdo jumping jacks club 2011. The club is line receive $70000 riverbogrant money

Kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin do jumping jacks at the club in 2011. The club is in line to receive $70,000 in riverboat grant money from the city this year. | Sun-Times Media file

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Updated: March 26, 2014 6:18AM

ELGIN — The city council Wednesday night is set to move along doling out $200,000 from the Riverboat Grant Award Program to 10 local social service organizations.

According to supporting material for the meeting, up for funding are:

The Boys & Girls Club, which would get $70,000 of $98,000 requested to help pay for general programming.

Food for Greater Elgin, which would get $20,000 of $25,000 requested to use for buying food.

Salvation Army Golden Diners, which would receive $20,000 of $25,000 for its senior meals program.

The Ecker Center, which would get $19,500 of $21,000 requested to address mental health issues.

Centro de Informacion, which would get $20,000 of $25,000 sought for doing Hispanic outreach work.

United Way of Elgin’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which would get $8,000 of $10,000 requested for preschool literacy projects.

The Well Child Center, which would get $10,000 of $20,000 requested to provide adolescent dental care.

The Literacy Connection, which would get $12,500 of $25,000 requested for adult literacy and job training efforts.

The Greater Elgin Family Care Center, which would get $12,500 of $25,000 sought to provide adult dentistry.

The YWCA, which would get $7,500 of $15,000 requested preschool ESL programming.

All told, 26 agencies made requests for $525,500. Assistant to the City Manager for Community Engagement Cherie Murphy and administrative intern Laura Valdez initially whittled that down to 17 qualifying organizations that asked for a collective $444,000 before making their final recommendations.

The process looked at categories of funding requests to “address a cross section of critical need in our community and prevent funding of duplicate programs,” with the hope that the “grant awards that will provide enough funds to do meaningful work, while spreading the dollars among several agencies,” according to the meeting material.

Along with being a recognized Illinois-based not-for-profit, or NFP, qualifications included that the organization have an established board of directors and provide services to Elgin residents; be at least two years old; provide the city with financial statements or tax returns prepared by a CPA; and be in good standing with the city.

Rating points were allotted for aligning with the city’s strategic goals; the impact of the efforts on Elgin residents; the capacity and capability to deliver the services to residents; the availability of matching funds or additional funding sources; and collaboration with other local agencies.

The grant deadline was made consistent with the time frame of the Community Development Block Grant, and the guidelines allowed agencies to apply for both grants and make the grants have greater impact by giving fewer but larger grant amounts.

The Riverboat Grant Award Program was set up is 2012 to replace individual line-item funding that had been given to specific agencies in past years. After the first year, participating agencies were told that starting in 2013, all agencies would compete on an equal basis.

The Pace-operated Ride-in-Kane for qualifying individuals will received funding, too. However, Elgin CFO Colleen Lavery noted that the $120,000 is the same amount as last year when this became a separate line item in the city budget.

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