RACF announces $85,000 in support to local area nonprofits

The Rochelle Area Community Foundation recently announced its 2022 Community Needs Grant recipients totaling $85,000 in local support.

'Every single donor dollar remains local’

ROCHELLE – The Rochelle Area Community Foundation proudly announces the 2022 Community Needs Grant recipients totaling $85,000 in local support. Kathy Hollonbeck; chair of the Grants Committee and RACF Board Member, wishes to “congratulate all of the grant recipients this year. Rochelle, and the surrounding areas, are full of many programs that offer unique support to those who truly need it. We are so proud to give grants to these worthy recipients.”

The RACF Community Needs Grants opens every year on Feb. 1 through March 1. RACF serves the communities of Chana, Creston, Esmond, Kings, Lindenwood, Rochelle and Steward. Organizations eligible to apply for grants are nonprofit organizations with valid 501(c)(3) designation. Units of government including but not limited to public libraries, schools and municipalities. Organizations may apply yearly for funding. The grant amount given out each year depends on endowment growth and yearly distributions from investments.

“To be able to fulfill the need of 26 community nonprofit partners can only be accomplished through the generosity of our donors,” Emily Anaya, RACF executive director, said. “Every single donor dollar remains local and in support of our community’s essential needs. More importantly, every donation significantly impacts funding availability each year. We truly couldn’t grant out these funds if we didn’t have generous community partners, committed businesses and philanthropist through donor-advised funding.” 

The following is a listing of the 2022 Community Needs Grant recipients:

Camp Cedar Illinois Inc. Weekend Camp Cedar Program- $5,000. Casa-15th Judicial Circuit (Ogle County) for New Laptops- $1,458. Central School Project Get with the Times and CRICUT!- $399. Central School Program Increasing Student Independence and Autonomy Through Organized Systems- $151. Creston Booster Club Project Experience Our House- $2,500. Creston Dement Public Library Project Easier Access Design for Children's Area- $2,500. Flagg Township Museum Project Come on Down without Going Down- $2,000. Foundation for Focus House and Community Programing Have a Heart- $2,469.84. Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Program Walking Taco's and Talking Girl Scouts- $2,087. HOPE of Ogle County Project Safe Parking for Domestic Abuse Survivors- $15,000. Rochelle Elementary District #231 Program Empowering Students through Dramatic Play- $872. Rochelle Middle School Project Tower Gardens- $2,895. Serenity Hospice and Home Program Virtual Reality for Patient Peace and Pain Relief- $1,400. Vince Carney Community Theatre Project Light Up VCCT- $3,000.

Tyler “Smitty” Smith Memorial Fund Grant recipient: Central School Project Sensory Room for Students with Special Needs- $635.

Jacobs Family Fund Grant Recipient: Community Action Network Program CAN Backpack Program- $4,400.

Jeffry W. Cole Family Memorial Fund of the RACF Grant recipient: Flagg-Rochelle Public Library’s Program Read Beyond the Beaten Path- $1,782.

Human Services Fund of RACF Grant recipient: Floyd J. Tilton VFW Post 3878 Bathroom Project- $3,000.

Berg-Burkholder Family Fund in collaborations with the RACF Endowment Fund Grant recipient: Foundation for Focus House and Community Programing Ogle County New Horizons Specialty Courts- $3,000.

Community Advancement Fund of RACF Grant recipient: Habitat for Humanity of Ogle County, Inc. Project Habitat-2022 Mission of Hope-$6,000.

Rochelle Foods Hunger Challenge Fund or RACF Grant recipient: Northern Illinois Food Bank Program Rochelle Mobile Market Distributions- $7,500.

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Fund or RACF Grant recipient: Rochelle Community Consolidated School District #231 Program Enhancing Social Emotional Learning in D231- $2,161.

Inspire Learning Fund of RACF Grant recipient: Rochelle Elementary District #231 Program Dramatic Play in Dual Kindergarten-$1,674.

Hintzsche-Hinkston Classroom Support Fund Grant recipient: Rochelle Elementary School District #231 Project Classroom Library Overhaul- $185.

Tom Hall Community Giving Fund in collaboration with the RACF Endowment Fund Grant recipient: Shining Star Children's Advocacy Center Program Child and Caregiver Mental Health Services- $9,000.

Steve Pfeiffer Memorial Endowment Fund Grant recipient: Tilton Elementary School Project Building the Tilton School Spanish Library- $3,000.

If you would like to make a donation, open an endowment or become a partner with the RACF, please contact Anaya at 815-561-3600 or visit our website at www.rochellefoundaiton.org.