Nine nonprofits will improve their technology, equipment, training and strategic planning using more than $100,000 in new grants from the Quad Cities Community Foundation.
Helping nonprofits build capacity is one of the best ways to help them accomplish their mission, Kelly Thompson, vice president of grant-making and community initiatives, said in a Friday release from the foundation.
“We are committed to supporting a strong nonprofit sector in the Quad-Cities. This particular funding equips nonprofits with support for things like technology and strategic planning so they can focus on their infrastructure and move forward in their mission,” Thompson said. “It’s a worthy investment as these organizations work to meet the needs in our community."
One such need is $15,000 for the Moline Public Library for community space improvements.
“As the needs of our community have changed, the library has transformed into a community space, a central location where people can come together and it’s an incredible honor to serve as that place,” said Kelly Giovanine, marketing development coordinator at the library. “But it has been almost 12 years since we’ve had an upgrade.
"Libraries need to be at the forefront of technology and when someone walks in and sees an old-school projector from the 1980s, it doesn’t speak well for us," she said.
The Moline Library has space to accommodate up to 225 people and a children’s room where more than 100 people can meet for movies, concerts, meetings and STEM programs.
“But we don’t even have a projector that works,” Giovanine said. “People call to reserve it and they end up going somewhere else because we don’t have the amenities.”
The library, at 3210 41st St., will use the $15,000 grant, along with $35,000 it has raised through the Friends of the Moline Public Library, to upgrade computers and buy and install a new sound system, a 75-inch-screen TV and, a SmartScreen.
The grants are from the Community Impact Fund, a permanent endowment that enables the Community Foundation to respond to high-priority needs and opportunities. Other new grants are:
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• Ballet Quad Cities: Critical equipment, $9,160
• Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley: Technology upgrades for education and STEM programming, $15,000
• GiGi’s Playhouse: Board governance training and consultation, $3,000
• Quad Cities Interfaith: Leadership training, $11,000
• River Action: Technology upgrades, $15,000
• River Bend Food Bank: Wireless access points in the warehouse, $12,627
• Vera French Foundation: Technology upgrades, $15,000
• YouthHope: New website, $11,000
Nonprofit capacity-building grants are awarded the spring and fall each year. Online letters of interest for 2019 spring grants will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 15 at qccommunityfoundation.org/nonprofitcapacitybuilding.