RACINE — The Board of Directors of the Racine Community Foundation has announced that it has awarded $187,978 in spring 2017 grants.

The twenty organizations benefiting from these grant awards include:

A.I.M. Now Awarded a grant to provide scholarships for 3-year-old childcare, to prepare children for 4-year-old kindergarten.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha Counties  Grant will fund the salary of a part-time Match Support Specialist.

Boy Scouts (Three Harbors Council)  Awarded a grant to support the Racine County after-school Cub Scouting program.

Broadscope Disability Services — Grant will provide in-home respite services for Racine County residents.

Children’s Service Society  Awarded a grant to provide Racine County children and families with mental health services through the Racine Child and Family Counseling program.

Emaus ELCA — Grant will provide funding for the Emaus After School for Youth (EASY) program.

Girl Scouts of WI SE  Grant will help fund the Girl Scouts Urban Initiative in Racine.

Hawthorn Hollow Nature Center and Arboretum  Grant will provide funding for the WATERshed Program for 4th and 7th grade RUSD students.

Higher Expectations for Racine County — Grant will fund the mailing of the Kindergarten Readiness book and the development of relevant action plans to increase impact.

John XXIII Educational Center — Grant will provide funding for the After-School, Outreach and Parent Education programs.

Living Faith Lutheran Church Grant will support the Imagine! Believe! Achieve! 2017 Neighborhood Camp.

Make A Difference WI  Grant will support programming that provides financial education to Racine County high school students.

Polish National Alliance Lodge 1939   Grant will provide funding for the 15th annual Polish Heritage Picnic.

Racine Art Museum Association Inc.  Grant will provide funding to expand the RAM on the Road program for RUSD students.

Racine Family YMCA — Grant will provide support for the Young Leaders Academy.

The Cerebral Palsy Agency of Racine Inc. (RADD) — Grant will provide funding to re-establish the Sunshine Club.

SAFE Haven of Racine Inc. — Grant will support the School Engagement Program.

The Salvation Army  Grant will help fund the Racine Child Nutrition Program.

UW-Parkside Foundation — Grant will help fund the UW-Parkside Root River Explorers program.

Youth For Christ  Grant will support the Parent Life program for Racine County teenagers.

Executive Director Liz Powell was pleased to report that the assets of the Racine Community Foundation as of June 23 were $61,550,970. In 2016, the foundation distributed $1,744,074 in grants to benefit area nonprofit organizations.

The Racine Community Foundation Inc. is a publicly supported, tax-exempt charitable organization formed in 1975. The mission of the Racine Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Racine County by encouraging and providing opportunities for charitable giving, and by managing and distributing the funds in a responsible manner.

For more information about the foundation and grant application procedure, call 262-632-8474 or go to www.racinecommunityfoundation.org.

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