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PRESS: Community Foundation Awards $10,000

The Community Foundation announced recipients of three grants from the Future Fund for Jo Daviess County. The Community Foundation’s grant program is awarding a total of $10,000 to three nonprofits in the County.

“We’re very excited to announce funding for three grants this year”, said Eric Dregne, Community Foundation President. We received proposals from throughout the County for a wide variety of projects and had to make some difficult decisions.”

The Future Fund for Jo Daviess County will award three grants this year. A $2,500 grant is being awarded to JDLF Gives for a program that will provide crockpot cooking classes using local fresh foods to families in need. The program will partner with local food pantries. “Each family can take home a crockpot full of food and a cookbook with healthy recipes that can be made in a crockpot,” said Cindy Tegtmeyer, JDLF Gives chairperson.

A second grant in the amount of $3,000 is being awarded to the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to expand its technology capacity. As the organization grows, connecting to resources, staff members, and partners requires better technology. The grant will help build JDCF’s capacity to expand its work throughout Jo Daviess County. “We appreciate support of this often undervalued and misunderstood need for non-profits, says Steve Barg, JDCF’s Executive Director. “This investment in communication technologies will pay dividends in efficiency and connectedness with our members and partners for years to come!”

A third grant in the amount of $4,509 will be awarded to the Riverview Center to fund a summer camp that creates safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth, Riverview Center co-founded the NWIL GSA for teens. “Through this initiative, we provide support groups, safe social functions, and monthly community conversations to educate the community about the issues faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals, said Anne Heim, program director.

As the Future Fund grows, it will continue to provide grants to projects that will create a significant impact in Jo Daviess County, by improving family economic security, supporting education, and enhancing community development.

Anyone can contribute to the Jo Daviess County Future Fund, in any amount. Make a gift online on the Community Foundation website at

or by mailing a check to Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County, P.O. Box 77, Elizabeth, IL 61028.

The Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County fosters giving and invests in communities in Northwest Illinois. At the Community Foundation of Jo Daviess County, we strengthen the communities in our county by inspiring community members to give, making grants to strengthen nonprofits, and investing in long-term community initiatives.


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