Community Foundation of the Great River Bend has doubled its Transformation Grant awards to assist the efforts of two Quad-City organizations.
For the first time, the foundation has awarded two $100,000 Transformation Grants. Recipients of the 2017 grants are Family Resources, Davenport, for its TotalChild initiative, and Grow Quad-Cities, the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce's non-profit arm, which supports the Q2030 Regional Action Plan.
"It is our hope that these grants will provide the funding to help transform the Quad-Cities into a place where increasing numbers of people choose to live, work together, better themselves and care about one another, and fully enjoy our amazing community assets," said Sherry Ristau, Community Foundation's president and CEO.
According to Ristau, the grants touch more organizations and people than just the direct recipients. Previously, the foundation awarded one $100,000 grant each year.
The grants, first launched in 2015, are funded by to donors who give to the foundation's Community Impact Fund.
"Grants like this have an incredible domino effect," Ristau said. "By strengthening one area of our community, we are actually building a stronger foundation for everyone."
Family Resources will invest its $100,000 in its TotalChild initiative, which works to bridge gaps among the many resources that at-risk kids receive in the areas of education, family, community and youth.
Mary Macumber Schmidt, the nonprofit agency's president, said the pilot program just completed its second year "and is seeing how much this work is truly needed here."
TotalChild coordinates children’s mental health services and adds support for critical components such as housing, education, employment and other family needs.
To date, 98 children are enrolled. The goal is to reach 170 children by the end of the third year and serve them until they are age 18.
"We have families and children with complex mental health needs that are receiving excellent care, but are not able to truly be successful because they have other needs in other areas of their life," Schmidt said.
The grant will allow Family Resources "to create a sustainable model that continues to support our most vulnerable populations," she added.
Grow Quad-Cities will use its grant to financially support the Q2030 Regional Action Plan movement. Rene Gellerman, the chamber's senior vice president and loaned executive for Q2030, said that the grant is critical to moving Q2030 forward at an even greater pace during the next two years.
"It stabilizes the long-term vision and makes a big statement to our community of the depth and commitment we all have to bettering our region," she added.
Grow Quad-Cities funds the backbone functions of Q2030 including staff salaries, meeting costs, research and branding. The regional plan is focused on increasing talent, economic opportunities and community satisfaction.
Kelly Thompson, Community Foundation's vice president of grantmaking and community initiatives, said the foundation's goal is to help both programs be stable and successful.
The foundation "believes deeply in the possibilities that Q2030 presents for our region, and we have seen firsthand the impact it is having on catalyzing our community toward positive, progressive change," she said.
To donate a financial gift to the foundation, call Anne Calder, vice president of development, at 563-326-2840 or visit online at www.cfgrb.org.