Local non-profit organizations that help at-risk children and families throughout the region received some extra help from the Mill Foundation, who awarded more than $100,000 to 13 local groups.
Winnebago County CASA and the Literacy Council were among those who received grants from the organization during a check presentation at Patriot’s Gateway Center on Tuesday morning.
This year, there were 13 recipients of the grant. The largest check, of $20,000, was awarded to the Northeast Community Center.
Incoming Mill Foundation president Carl Ecklund said that with the ongoing budget struggles in Illinois, the need for the groups has increased.
“Some of these organizations receive money from governmental agencies,” Ecklund said. “Those funds have been reduced and so they’re seeing a strain that way. Other organizations receive no governmental assistance, so they rely on individual donations.”
More than forty groups applied for the annual grant.