The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 29, 2013

Grant to help Boys & Girls Club buy new doors

Staff Report
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — The Boys & Girls Club of Danville has won a grant to buy two sets of doors for the main entrance. The cost is $6,948.

The grant was given by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, which distributes a variety of grants and scholarships each year in Vermilion, Champaign, Coles, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Moultrie and Piatt counties.

Robert M. Gifford, executive director/CPO of the club, said over the past few years, the original outside entrance doors to the club’s Mervis Unit building have begun to show wear and tear from the constant usage by youth members and others entering and exiting the facility.

The doors are equipped with a fire exit bar that provides a safe way for anyone inside to exit the building in case of emergency, he said. Over time these worn doors have created issues that have required constant and expensive repairs in order to still be functional and safe.

“One of our main concerns is for the safety of our youth members, as well as for our staff and any visitors that we might have on any given day or night,” he said. “The original doors have created a concern for us and Community Foundation has graciously accepted our grant request and presented us with the funds to purchase two new sets of outside double doors.

“With these new installed sets of doors, we can continue to provide a safe place for our kids here in the Danville community to learn and grow as well as to have fun. CFECI truly helps us make the Boys & Girls Club of Danville, the ‘Positive Place for Kids.’”

Community Foundation’s fall grant cycle is funded by the proceeds from unrestricted endowments. Nonprofits submit applications for durable goods and capital items, things not covered under many other kinds of grants. Applications were due in August, and the foundation received 54 grant applications requesting $242,125.

The Grants Committee, comprised of seven Foundation board of trustee members and two community volunteers, conducted a review of each application and personally visited and met with organizations under consideration for grants.

This year, the committee awarded $85,331 to 27 regional nonprofit agencies that serve a broad range of community needs. The committee noted that grants ranged from $600 to $7,500 to support the arts, health and human services, universal accessibility, education and preservation, among others.

The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois holds almost $15 million in funds and distributes nearly $1 million each year through grants to non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients in its service area that includes. For more information, visit www.cfeci.org.