Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation announced its 2019 Community Grants recipients Oct. 15. The grant money, just over $200,000, will be distributed over two years to 21 organizations in River Forest and Oak Park, including Beyond Hunger, Race Conscious Dialogues and Pro Musica Youth Chorus. Members of the foundation will hand deliver checks to each of the 21 winning non-profits.
“This is an opportunity for us to say a personalized thank you to the nonprofits who received the grant,” said Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation CEO and President Antonio Martinez Jr. “A thank you on behalf of the foundation, that we really appreciate the work they do in our community.”
Of the total, $144,700 goes to local programs and initiatives related to homelessness and housing, while youth development and education organizations will receive grant money totaling $41,000. The remaining $18,500 will go to arts and culture organizations. According to Martinez, donations make up the majority of the grant money.
“I feel, as the head of the foundation, we have an incredible responsibility to really align additional resources from donors who really have an interest in the wellbeing of this community and we can assist them with their grantmaking,” said Martinez.
“This is a great area,” Martinez continued. “The people have a genuine interest in really supporting each other and seeing the villages grow and prosper.”