The Effingham County Community Foundation has announced several grant recipients. The foundations awarded grants to the Ballard Nature Center in Altamont, Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Dieterich Park District, and the Teutopolis Unit 50 School District.
Ballard Nature Center received a $3,900 grant for the enhancement of its hiking and programming opportunities.
This project will improve the center’s most popular hiking trail, Bluestem Trail, which is frequently used by runners and walkers and hosts several school cross country meets throughout the year, but regularly becomes impassable due to standing water in seasonal wet weather. The grant will allow the nature center to enhance the trail’s path in order to improve its accessibility.
Ballard Nature Center will also use a portion of the grant funds to improve its summer camps and increase its family programming opportunities.
Immanuel Lutheran Church received a $5,000 grant for the Altamont After School Care program. These funds will provide support for the program’s operating costs, which include payroll for four staff members as well as insurance costs.
The after school program is free and available to students from kindergarten to sixth grade who attend Altamont Grade School and Altamont Lutheran Interparish School. The program is currently in its eighth year of operation and has a daily
attendance range of 75-95 students.
The Dieterich Park District is the recipient of a $4,000 grant for its After School Club. This after school program is licensed by DCFS and provides supervision and homework assistance for students ages K-6th grade.
The Dieterich Park District operates the after school program in a partnership with the Village of Dieterich, local businesses, and the Dieterich Unit #30 School District. The after school program meets in the school cafeteria and is supervised by teachers and school staff. The program also provides students with a nutritious snack, homework assistance, and daily learning activities led by staff.
The Teutopolis Unit #50 School District received a $1,000 grant to support the Teutopolis Technology Fund, also known as Techtopolis. Techtopolis is a district-wide technology improvement initiative which will implement the use of Chromebooks in every 2-12 grade classroom and tablets in every K-1 classroom by the 2016-2017 school year.
This grant came from Teutopolis State Bank, which established a designated fund at the Effingham County Community Foundation in 2000 to support charitable organizations in Teutopolis working in the areas of civic, cultural health, health, education or social services.