Morton Community Foundation Grant History

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Morton Community Foundation Grant History

The Morton Community Foundation began in 2000.  The first year of grant making by the Foundation was 2003, when the grant total was $3,875.

2017 GRANTS

  • $1,250 - Blessed Sacrament School for 3-D printer
  • $1,195 - Lettie Brown Elementary for Ozobot classroom kit for STEM activities
  • $2,995 - Morton Junior High School for robotics module for the CareerMaker STEM lab
  • $900 - Morton High School Cross Country for canopy tent
  • $860 - Morton High School Band Boosters for 6 cymbals for the percussion program
  • $2,500 - Morton Community Unit School District 709 for high definition camera
  • $450 - Morton Fire Department for car seats
  • $2,512 - Village of Morton toward the purchase of a sound system to be used at the Memorial Plaza
  • $500 - Groveland Community Library for books
  • $300 - American Association of University Women for 10 ThinkFun STEM related kits and storage container
  • $1,950 - Morton Public Library for 4 activity tables, 24 chairs, water/sensory table and outdoor water table
  • $1,700 - Morton Park District/MYBA for bleachers for junior high field
  • $850 - Morton Park District for ADA compliant picnic tables
  • $2,000 - Morton Park District for stairs for Migiddo Disc Golf Course at Westwood Park
  • $3,312 - The Center for Prevention of Abuse for bulletproof window
  • $2,224 - Midwest Food Bank, NFP for supplies and equipment for Tender Mercies Off-Site Outreach & Distribution Program
  • $1,000 - We Care Inc. of Morton for MIG welder and accessories
  • $3,500 - Morton Fine Arts Association for lighting for Idlewood Park Pavilion
  • $3,725 - Morton CUSD 709 - Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center toward purchase of 2 HD TVs, camera and HD encoder modulator
  • $325 - Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford Co. for step ladder
  • $1,000 - Why Not Now, Inc. d/b/a Camp Big Sky for 6x10 foot wheelchair accessible floating dock section
  • $720 - Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. for wheelchairs
  • $1,327 - Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc. for 3 convertible folding picnic tables
  • $1,480 - Heart of Morton for 2 laptop computers with mouse and portable hard drive

2016 GRANTS

  • $2,500 - Bethel Lutheran, toward a new outdoor playground
  • $2,574 - Blessed Sacrament for 6 iPad Air Wi-FI 32 GBs
  • $3,725 - Lettie Brown Elementary PTO toward a new outdoor playground
  • $2,509 - Lincoln Elementary School PTO toward adaptive classroom equipment to help students who struggle with being distracted
  • $900 - Morton High School Art Department to purchase 60 metal frames to display student artwork in and around our community
  • $1,000 - Morton Junior High School/Morton Basketball Associationtoward purchase of Dr. Dish Pro shooting machine
  • $640 - Morton High School Band Boosters for a Yamaha DTX-12 electronic drum machine & mounting attachments
  • $500 - Morton High School Cross Country for 5 - Garmin Forerunner GPS watches
  • $1,725 - Morton Park District and MYBA toward construction of sidewalks to baseball field #7 at Westwood Park, and toward a concrete pad adjacent to maintenance shed for dumpsters
  • $1,600 - Morton Park District (Disc Golf Course) (bridge over a creek at Westwood Park)
  • $1,400 - Morton Chamber of Commerce for purchase of 2 flower pots for downtown
  • $1,250 - Morton Fine Arts & Morton Park District for a 12 quart popcorn popper for concession stand at Idlewood Park
  • $2,250 - Morton Fine Arts & Morton Park District toward stage lighting for the Idlewood Arts Pavilion
  • $950 - Morton Fire Department for 9 - quick grab TacMed LAPD Kits for mass casualty incidents
  • $1050 - Village of Morton for purchase of Amplifier and iPad as part of an overall new audio visual system at Freedom Hall
  • $500 - Groveland Community Library for biographies and series books for young people
  • $2,550 - Morton Public Library to convert five years (1995 – 2012) of Courier Newspapers to microfilm – and then to digitize them for ease of search ability
  • $1,750 - Tazewell County Resource Center toward purchase of a 2-post client transfer system
  • $700 - We Care, Inc. of Morton Food Pantry for an 18 cubic foot capacity refrigerator
  • $1,038 - Community Harvest Food Pantry for purchase of two laptops
  • $1,368 - Heart of Morton for three iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi and three protective cases
  • $1,835 - Midwest Food Bank for sink/faucet/disposal, dishwasher, and kitchen lighting for remodeling of volunteer center
  • $1,044 - The Center for Prevention of Abuse for barracude intruder defense entry locking systems
  • $1,079 - Camp of Champions USA for iPad Pro Wifi
  • $1,282 - Central Illinois Riding Therapy for 2 auto-waterers for horses
  • $750 - Camp Big Sky construction materials for entrance ramp and turn deck to the Learning Center
  • $350 - American Association of University Women for 4 student microscopes, books, and storage containers
  • $1,010 - Paws Giving Independence (PGI) for 2 stability brace harnesses for service dogs
  • $500 - Morton Cub Scouts Pack 76 for construction materials for two cases for storage and transport of Pinewood Derby racing tracks
  • $900 – Morton Orchestra Parents (MOP) for electronic strings instrument

2015 GRANTS

  • $300 – Early Childhood Education (at Lincoln School), to purchase 4-5 tricycles
  • $1,000 – Jefferson Elementary, toward purchase of an entryway bench
  • $2,016 – Lincoln School, to purchase a wheelchair swing
  • $2,000 – Morton Junior High, toward purchase of a padded scorers table for the gym
  • $2,274 – Blessed Sacrament School, to purchase 6 iPads
  • $1,200 – Morton High School Band Boosters, to purchase percussion equipment
  • $1,000 – Morton High School Cross Country Team, to purchase 10 GPS runners watches
  • $708 – Morton Orchestra Parents, to purchase an electric Cello, amplifier, and effects pedal
  • $4,000 – Morton Otters Swim Team, toward purchase of an 8 lane electronic swimming scoreboard
  • $1,000 – MYBA, toward construction of some sidewalks at Westwood Park ball fields
  • $500 – Groveland Public Library, to purchase some autobiographies and series books
  • $2,500 – Morton Chamber of Commerce/EDC, toward purchase of downtown flower pots
  • $2,779 – Morton Public Library, toward purchase of computer and equipment for a new digital media work station
  • $2,000 – Morton Park District, toward construction materials to use on further addition of navigational steps at Megiddo Disc Golf Course
  • $1,000 – Morton Fire Department, to purchase reflective safety vests
  • $2,000 – Morton Fine Arts Association, toward theatrical lighting for Idlewood Arts Pavilion
  • $500 – Young Life of Central IL, toward purchase of a laptop computer
  • $1,500 – Boy Scout Troop 309, toward the purchase of a 6' X 12' Trailer
  • $600 – Center for Prevention of Abuse, to purchase an iPad
  • $1,020 – Heart of Morton, toward purchase of embroidery machine upgrades, including a positioning device
  • $1,335 – South Side Mission's Morton Mission Mart, toward purchase of computer upgrades, workstation lamps, utility cards, and hand truck
  • $2,000 – TCRC, to purchase a 40 Qt Mixer for their catering department
  • $2,000 – Morton First Presbyterian Church, toward construction of a 12' X 12' Garden Shed for their Community Garden
  • $1,560 – Community Harvest Food Pantry, to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator)
  • $3,000 – Midwest Food Bank, toward purchase of equipment needed for their new Distribution Program, serving area food banks


2014 GRANTS

  • $350 – Camp Big Sky, to purchase a Propane Heater (Powering Camp Big Sky to the Next Level - insulated and heated shed structure to house a generator)
  • $750 – Heart of Morton, to purchase a digital projector, supply cabinet & shelving   (H.O.M.E. Heart of Morton Embroidery business)
  • $2,000 – Community Harvest, toward the purchase of a power jack to be used in their food pantry program.
  • $2,000 – Midwest Food Bank, to purchase 10 tables for the volunteer reception/lounge area of the Morton warehouse.
  • $770 – Camp of Champions, to purchase some glider benches and folding picnic tables for their Morton camp location.
  • $600 – The Center for Prevention of Abuse, to purchase an iPad and case to be used for children’s therapy, helping to facilitate progress toward healing in a non-threatening way.
  • $1,068 – B.A.C.E., to purchase 4 iPad Mini’s, allowing low-income students to have equal access to tools that are beneficial to achieving academic success.
  • $810 – EP!C, to purchase a laptop and joystick for their computer lab expansion.
  • $1,000 – TCRC, toward items needed for their new “Seeds to Sales” greenhouse project.
  • $1,897 – Blessed Sacrament School, to purchase a storage shed, teacher bench, and outdoor classroom cart.
  • $1,797 – Bethel Lutheran School, to purchase two iPads and a MacBook Pro laptop (for mobile computer lab for middle school grades).
  • $872 – Jefferson Elementary School, to purchase drums to be used in music education and for musical productions.
  • $600 – Lettie Brown Elementary School, to purchase 10 wired keyboards to be used in conjunction with iPads.
  • $850 – Lincoln Elementary School, toward purchase of a new audio visual system in their cafeteria/gymnasium for assemblies and other all-school activities.
  • $2,477 – Morton Junior High School, toward the purchase of a new stereo system for Pony Field #5 at Westwood Park (where MJHS Baseball teams play their games).
  • $2,500 – Morton Girl’s Softball Association and District 709, toward purchase of a new scoreboard needed for the softball field at Birchwood Park (where MHS Girl’s Softball team plays).
  • $900 – Morton High School Cross Country Team, for purchase of a video camera and GPS watches to be used to improve runners’ understanding of progress toward personal goals.
  • $1,483 – Morton Orchestra Parents, for purchase of an electric Cello, pre-amp, amplifier, and effects pedal.  This will be the first in a goal to create a new Electric Strings Quartet.
  • $1,100 – Morton Public Library, toward purchase of 2 bookshelf units for the children’s area.
  • $500 – Groveland Community Library, toward purchase of new children’s books for the library.
  • $2,500 – Morton Park District and Morton Disc Golf Club, toward construction costs of the new disc golf course – Megiddo at Westwood Park.
  • $1,300 – Morton Fire Department, for purchase of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be placed in first responder police squad car on patrol.
  • $3,826 – Morton Fine Arts Association, toward purchase of show lighting needed for the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion.
  • $2,500 – Morton Economic Development Council, toward construction costs of new Morton Downtown Plaza.

2013 GRANTS

  • $1,300 – Bethel Lutheran School, toward the cost of a Video-Phone front entry security system for Bethel Lutheran School.
  • $1,900 – Blessed Sacrament School, toward the cost of four SMART Document Cameras (to be used with SMART Boards).
  • $525 – Center for the Prevention of Abuse, toward the cost of educational and therapeutic games, and area rug.
  • $180 – Central Illinois Youth Symphony, toward the cost of a digital camera to be used for promotion and social media.
  • $2,391 – Community Harvest, toward the cost of heavy-duty folding chairs and wire containers with casters.
  • $600 – Groveland Township Pioneer Committee, toward the cost of a laptop computer for the Groveland Community Library.
  • $500 – Heart of Morton NFP, toward the cost of a computer needed to support an embroidery machine to be used in teaching life skills to young adults with developmental disabilities.
  • $1,900 – Jefferson Elementary School, toward the cost of 5 iPads to be used in their new Morton Leadership Academy program focusing on leadership and mentoring, careers and occupations, goal setting, service and project based learning, and social emotional learning.
  • $1,900 – Lettie Brown Elementary School, toward the cost of 5 iPads to be used in classrooms to help equip students with the skills necessary to compete in the constantly evolving world of technology.
  • $1,900 – Lincoln Elementary School, toward the cost of 5 iPads to be used in classrooms to help equip students with the skills necessary to compete in the constantly evolving world of technology.
  • $1,200 – MHS Athletic Department, toward the cost of 4 courtside benches to be placed at the MHS Tennis Courts.
  • $650 – MHS Cross Country, toward the cost of additional team uniforms needed for a growing cross country program.
  • $1,850 – Midwest Food Bank (Morton location), toward the cost of equipment and supplies needed to set up a “Tender Mercies” meal kit hand-packaging room for volunteers.
  • $2,500 – Morton Chamber of Commerce, toward the construction costs of building another new stone Morton Entryway Sign. 
  • $4,000 – Morton Fine Arts Association, toward the construction costs of the new Idlewood Arts Pavilion, Idlewood Park.
  • $1,500 – Morton Fire Department, toward the purchase of a portable AED (automated external defibrillator) to be placed at the Morton Tourism Association office.
  • $1,300 – Morton Junior High School, toward the purchase of of 3 foam floor mats to be used by P.E. classes, and by Health Classes where they are used in the CPR unit in which every student is CPR and AED certified.
  • $1,200 – Morton Junior High School, toward the construction costs of "in-ground" dugouts for Pony Field #5, at Westwood Park (currently the most used, and yet smallest and in worst shape).
  • $1,150 – Morton Public Library, toward the purchase of a desktop computer with large memory & monitor, Past Perfect Imaging Software, Past Perfect Network Upgrade.
  • $1,035 – PARC/EP!C, toward the purchase of a video projector, lap-top and three different educational curriculums for use in serving individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • $550 – TCRC, toward the purchase of wireless computer-based equipment, including tablets, which would enrich its Early Intervention program for young children in our area who experience developmental delays.  This grant is added to a $500 non-competitive grant given to TCRC from their own agency fund.  Total 2013 grant $1,050.
  • $750 – Morton Police Department, toward the purchase of a wireless control system & timer for the Morton Police target practice gun range.
  • $1,000 – Camp Big Sky, toward the purchase of material to construct & install one of three new fishing/nature study docks on Marj-El Lake, Camp Big Sky.

2012 GRANTS

  • $2,500 to Morton Chamber of Commerce toward the cost of building the next new stone entryway sign.
  • $899 to Jefferson Elementary School toward the purchase of an LCD Video Projector for family movie nights, assemblies, & other events.
  • $1,200    to Morton Youth Baseball Association toward the rebuilding of the press box on Bronco Field out at Westwood Park.
  • $475 to B.A.C.E. toward a renovation project that includes necessary improvements in the facility’s kitchen and restrooms.
  • $841 to the Center for the Prevention of Abuse toward the purchase of a large enclosed and cushioned activity center for toddlers.
  • $2,000    to Lincoln Elementary School PTO toward the purchase of iPads to be used in classrooms.
  • $1,100    to Morton Public Library toward the purchase of 7 “Playaway View” portable video devices & travel DVDs for children.
  • $750 to MHS Cross Country team toward the purchase of new warm-ups for team members.
  • $2,400    to Bethel Lutheran School toward the purchase of 2 new computer servers to replace the existing 8-10 year old equipment.
  • $2,313 to Morton Distr 709 toward the purchase of Aegom science curriculum software compatible with SMART Board technology in classrooms.
  • $3,000    to Morton Tourism Association toward the purchase of 15 shade umbrellas to be used by for events all over our community.
  • $500 to Central IL Youth Symphony toward the purchase of a laptop computer to be used for presentations at mgs., events, and fundraisers.
  • $450 to First Presbyterian Church's Community Garden toward the purchase of fencing materials, plants, and seeds.
  • $2,400 to Blessed Sacrament School toward the purchase of 8 sets of SMART Board audio speakers for classrooms.
  • $3,928    to Community Harvest Food Pantry toward the purchase of a warehouse entryway air curtain and 2 collapsible wire storage containers.
  • $4,290 to Distr 709 Broadcasting – to purchase a Panasonic solid state P2 recording deck for recording school events throughout the district.
  • $2,400    to Morton Distr 709 Special Education toward the purchase of iPads to address the learning and communication needs of students.
  • $1,350    to Morton Blaze Soccer Club toward construction of a new pedestrian bridge across the ravine at McClallen Park.
  • $1,500    to MJHS toward the purchase of a new “Cherry and Gray”, permanently and inherently flame retardant stage curtain.  
  • $550 to MJHS toward the purchase of new signage and vinyl backstop padding clad in school colors and logo at the softball field.
  • $450 to Camp Big Sky toward the construction materials needed for “Handicapped Accessible” floating dock sections.
  • $600 to Young Life toward the purchase of an LED video projector to be used at Young Life and WyldLife Club meetings.
  • $420 to TCRC toward the purchase of Boardmaker software & accessories, and materials on Autism.

2011 GRANTS

  • $3,818 to Morton District 709 Grade Schools & Jr. High toward purchase of Notebook software for Smart Boards.
  • $1,100 to First Presbyterian Church's Community Garden project, growing produce for local food pantries @ Community Harvest & We Care.
  • $2,000 to Morton Tourism Association toward creating a food trailer to be used by various local groups for serving food for special events.
  • $1,550 to BACE toward purchase of cabinets required by county health department for serving food to students.
  • $1,314 to Central IL Youth Symphony for replacement and servicing of current percussion instruments.
  • $2,400 to Morton Otters Swim Team toward the purchase of a new wireless electronic swim meet timing system.
  • $2,500 to Morton Chamber of Commerce toward construction of another new Welcome to Morton sign.
  • $1,250 to COCUSA toward purchase of a new portable basketball system for their Morton summer camp location.
  • $2,450 to Lincoln Elementary School toward purchase of iPads for use in teaching students - Early Childhood, to Special Needs, to Traditional.
  • $900 to Morton Orchestra Parents (MOP) toward purchase of a new Cello for use by students whose parents cannot afford a violin.
  • $4,000 to Morton Library toward purchase of an electronic LED two-sided sign board at corner of Jefferson and Pershing streets.
  • $500 to Morton Girl Scout troop 4261 toward a back to school backpack donation program for needy children in Morton school district.
  • $500 to A/C Timber Ridge toward purchase of products and materials for construction of a portable Sensory Wall for people with disabilities.
  • $3,668 to Community Harvest Food Pantry toward purchase of a pallet stacker to allow for receipt and storage of larger food donations.
  • $2,500 to MYBA toward the renovations needed on the Press Boxes on Bronco and Pony Fields.

2010 GRANTS

  • $2,250 to Central Illinois Riding Therapy toward purchase of a Gator to help with hauling, snow removal & fast access to trails.
  • $1,000 to Apostolic Christian Services toward the purchase of a Double Bench Surrey for exercise & transportation of residents.
  • $1,150 to Central Illinois Youth Symphony toward the purchase of reusable music for the preparatory strings program.
  • $3,880 to Community Harvest to purchase a commercial refrigerator, pallets & pallet jack for use on their food pantry program.
  • $1,500 to South Side Mission?s Mission Mart in Morton for the purchase of 2 laptops to be used for the retail store operations.
  • $2,000 to Morton Jr High toward purchase of cherry & gray wall mats in the gymnasium.
  • $3,000 to Morton Girls Softball Association toward purchase of additional lighting for a softball field at Birchwood Park.
  • $2,000 to Morton High School toward the purchase of Kindles electronic book readers for the Novels classes.
  • $1,000 to Morton Orchestra Parents (M.O.P) to purchase a violin for use by students whose parents cannot afford a violin.
  • $2,000 to the Morton Public Library toward the purchase of furniture for a new teen area in the library.
  • $1,000 to the Morton Chamber of Commerce toward the purchase of recycling containers to be used at Pumpkin Festival.
  • $3,500 to the Morton High School band toward the purchase of portable acoustic shell sections to be used for performances.
  • $1,250 to Morton Youth Baseball Assoc. (MYBA) toward the purchase of a mower for Lion's Field.
  • $1,000 to TCRC toward the purchase of Sensory Room materials to help people with profound disabilities to learn to control their environment, to communicate and to explore.
  • $1,000 to the Morton Tourism Assoc. toward purchase of additional commercial grade flower planters to allow expansion of their beautification program to other areas in our community.
  • $2,500 to the Morton Chamber and Morton Tourism Assoc. toward the new Morton entryway sign project.

2009 GRANTS

  • $500 to AC Restmor toward Umbrellas for geriatric-friendly patio table/chairs in public courtyard, purchased in ?09
  • $5,169 to Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center for purchase of a new video projector for the theatre
  • $1,106 to Central IL Youth Symphony toward purchase of percussion instruments for the orchestra and percussion ensemble
  • $520 to Camp of Champions (new Morton location) for purchase of tables for serving lunch and providing activity space
  • $800 to Girl Scouts of Central IL for purchase of T-Shirts & printed materials for their Camp Exec career exploration & skills program
  • $618 to Lincoln Elementary School for cooking equipment to be used in the Cooking to Learn program
  • $850 to Morton Public Library toward purchase of scanner & computer to digitize historic photos of Morton
  • $3,912 to MJHS to purchase new entryway floor mats with school mascot and new school colors
  • $3,300 to Morton Park District toward support for new Movies in the Park program and MAP Kids Summer Theatre program
  • $2,000 to Morton Tourism Association toward purchase of new flower pot containers to beautify downtown Morton
  • $2,000 to MYBA toward purchase of new tractor for grooming ball diamonds
  • $1,000 to Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center toward purchase of furniture for new family waiting area
  • $4,800 to Village of Morton to purchase an emergency siren control unit for electronic sirens
  • $650 to Morton Orchestra Parents to purchase equipment for recording and burning CD's for practice and student evaluation

2008 GRANTS

  • $1,100 toward US Flags & stands for Vietnam Healing Wall May 2008
  • $2,000 to TCRC toward their Capital Campaign for the new Morton Day Training facility
  • $3,300 to Morton Park District toward purchase of new swing set at Oakwood Park
  • $6,850 to Morton Public Library for purchase of a Curbside Return box
  • $1,000 to Morton Girls Softball Association for help with cost of wiring scoreboard and lighting softball field
  • $500 to Central IL Youth Symphony for purchase of music
  • $2,500 to Apostolic Christian Restmor for purchase of a geriatric-friendly patio table/chairs for public courtyard
  • $650 to Morton Orchestra Parents to purchase portable string bass rack and orchestral composing software
  • $1,500 to Morton Business Association toward purchase of hanging plant baskets for downtown light poles
  • $1,750 to Morton District 709 for outdoor benches at MHS
  • $1,500 to B.A.C.E. for purchase of computers/software
  • $500 for scholarship to art contest winner @ V Gallery art contest
  • $2,500 toward new sign at entrance to Morton

2007 GRANTS

  • $2,985 toward purchase of downtown Christmas decorations
  • $5,000 to Morton Park District for the Brenkman Indoor Batting Facility
  • $1,500 to TCRC to purchase tables and chairs
  • $1,000 to Morton School District 709 for a recognition case
  • $1,000 to Morton High School for construction of an Alumni Garden
  • $2,000 to Lettie Brown School for picnic tables
  • $500 to Jefferson School for window blocks
  • $2,000 to Morton Park District for an indoor playground at the indoor soccer facility
  • $300 to Morton Public Library for a portable sound system
  • $250 to Morton Public Library for literature racks
  • $320 to Morton Public Library for display carts

2006 GRANTS

  • $2,500 to We Care, Inc. to assist with purchase of new vehicle
  • $2,000 to Morton Park District for purchase of additional playground equipment
  • $2,000 to Before and After Christian Education (BACE) for purchase of a new vehicle
  • $2,000 to Morton Unit School District 709 for purchase of playground equipment at Grundy School
  • $1,600 to Tazewell Resource Center for group home appliances
  • $1,445 to Morton Public Library for video projection equipment and a foyer bench

2005 GRANTS

  • $4,000 to Morton Unit School District 709 for purchase and installation of a lighted sign at the Junior High School
  • $3,000 to Morton Park District to purchase and install bike trail amenities, including benches and bike racks
  • $2,000 to Morton Public Library to buy hardware needed to install a wireless network in the library and to purchase a TV/DVD/VHS combination for the library's public meeting rooms

2004 GRANTS

  • $2,000 to Morton Park District for a swing set at McClallen Park
  • $1,200 for a flag display to be placed in front of the new police station
  • $1,000 to Morton School District 709 for an enhanced and guided reading program for the elementary schools
  • $1,000 to Morton township for benches in the meditation garden at Hirstein Cemetery
  • $800 to Morton Public Library for a new display case

2003 GRANTS

  • $1,500 for a trophy case at Morton High School
  • $1,500 to Morton Park District for playground equipment at McClallen Park
  • $375 to Morton Public Library for book display unit
  • $500 to replace American flags downtown

2003 (First Year) Total Grants: $3,875