Moline foundation awards $197,000 in Fall Grants

The Moline Regional Community Foundation celebrated the awarding of $197,000 in grants to 36 area nonprofit organizations at an event today, Nov. 8, at the Butterworth Center in Moline. 

The grants, which were approved by the Moline Regional Community Foundation Board, ranged from $2,000 to $25,000. Applications were accepted from Quad Cities area nonprofits for capital and program expenses. 

“These grants are possible because of our generous donors’ financial support of the grantmaking endowment,” Paul Plagenz, the foundation’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “The Moline Regional Community Foundation is pleased to support these nonprofit organizations as they work tirelessly to improve our area residents’ quality of life.” 

Grant recipients and their programs include:

Alternatives for Older Adults, Money Management Program, $7,000.

Bethany for Children and Families, Rock Island County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs, $6,000.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley, New Match welcome kits, $2,500.

Center for Belgian Culture of Western Illinois, Inc., informational kiosk, $2,000.

Center for Youth and Family Solutions, Partnership with Moline Police Department, $7,500.

Christian Care, Street Outreach Services, $3,500.

Common Chord, InTune Music Mentorship Program, $4,000.

Family Outreach Community Center, Operation Backpack in Henderson County, $7,500.

Fresh Films, Career Development Program for Underserved Youth, $3,500.

Friends of Moline Parks and Recreation, Little League capital improvements, $2,500.

Friendship Manor, Re-Establishing Friendship 2024 Capital Campaign, $25,000.

German American Heritage Center and Museum, Immigration Then and Now partnership with World Relief, $3,500.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Leadership Program, $7,500.

Hand in Hand, Sensory Walk Program, $2,000.

Heart of Hope Ministries, new opportunities for youth and young, $2,500.

Humility Homes and Services, Inc., Rock Island County housing support, $5,000.

Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), Career Pathways for underserved youth, $10,000.

Legacy Education and Sports for a Better Future, Inc., program support, $2,500.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Thanksgiving meals and holiday gifts, $5,000.

Mercer County Historical Society, collection digitization, $1,500.

Nahant Marsh Education Center,  Bridging the Nature Gap for area students, $7,500.

NEST Café,  Safely and Knowledgeably Nourishing Neighbors, $7,500.

New Kingdom Trailriders, arena capital improvements, $3,500. 

Playcrafters Barn Theater, set construction for 95th season, $2,500. 

Project NOW, match for meals program, $5,000. 

Putnam Museum and Science Center, Youth Education Community Access Fund, $3,500. 

Quad City Botanical Center, Plant Discovery Bus, $5,000. 

Rebuilding Together Henry County, wheelchair ramp program, $5,000.

River Bend Food Bank, challenge match support, $15,000. 

Rock Island County Historical Society, digitization of weekly newspapers, $5,000. 

Safer Foundation, Employment Services program support, $500. 

Spring Forward, programs for low-performing students, $6,500.

Tapestry Farms, Investing in Quad Cities Refugee Support, $5,000.

The Black Box Theater, program support, Jane Eyre, $2,000. 

WQPT-PBS, education and outreach services, $5,000. 

YouthHope, Moline center capital improvements, $7,500. 

Founded in 1953 as Moline Foundation, the newly renamed Moline Regional Community Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts in a six-county region, including Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Henderson, and McDonough counties in Illinois and Scott County in Iowa.

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