CHICAGO – Landmarks Illinois has awarded $26,000 in grant funding to 13 nonprofits throughout the state that have been financially impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic. Through the Landmarks Illinois COVID-19 Organization Relief Grant Program, each nonprofit will receive a one-time $2,000 grant to use toward essential, organizational expenditures including employee payroll and rent and/or improvements to the organization’s digital platforms such as their websites that help to promote their mission and continue their programming.
Landmarks Illinois, a statewide historic preservation advocacy organization, created its COVID-19 Organization Relief Grant Program this spring to help community development, preservation and other partner nonprofits throughout the state during the coronavirus health crisis.
Landmarks Illinois received an overwhelming response to the grant program, with 94 applications for the 13 available grants. Landmarks Illinois staff evaluated each application based on most immediate need, the ability of the applicant to implement grant funds quickly and how closely the applicant’s mission aligned with Landmarks Illinois’ own work of promoting and preserving our state’s cultural and architectural heritage.
All recipients of the Landmarks Illinois COVID-19 Organization Relief Grant Program are below. Read more about each organization and how they will use their relief grant funds at our website.
· Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Aurora
· Firehouse Community Arts Center of Chicago, North Lawndale, Chicago
· Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, Hermosa, Chicago
· Uptown United, Chicago
· Preservation of Egyptian Theater, Inc., DeKalb
· Elgin Area Historical Society/Elgin History Museum, Elgin
· Save the Lorraine Foundation, Hoopeston
· Oak Park Art League, Oak Park
· Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (ART Inc.), Peoria
· Quincy Preserves, Quincy
· Salem Community Activities Center, Salem
· Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association, Springfield
· McHenry County Historical Society & Museum, Union