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Community Enhancement Grants

Community Enhancement Grants are investments United Way makes into a specific community or to help with an emerging need. Open to any nonprofit agency meeting the criteria of the grant – not just United Way partner agencies – these one-time grants give nonprofits the opportunity to start a new program, enhance an area of service or purchase needed equipment and supplies. Community Enhancement Grants are another way United Way makes our region a better place for all of us.

Just as volunteers determine where to allocate funds for United Way’s partner agencies, volunteers also review community enhancement grant applications and determine where to award the dollars.
 

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2018 Grants

United Way recently awarded one-time grants to organizations providing programs and services for youth in East St. Louis, Illinois. The primary focus was to support out-of-school time programs helping to prepare youth for school and life by providing activities such as leadership development, relationship and life skills, cultural enrichment, recreation, employment, academic and educational support, mentoring, and career exploration.

Christian Activity Center – Awarded $25,440

Pathways/Teen Employment Program: Provide tutoring/homework assistance in college access areas (ACT prep, academic/admissions advising, campus visits, early awareness, financial aid advising, writing workshops, study skills, and retention/transition support) for youth ages 12 – 18 years.

St. Greater Area Council Boy Scouts of America – Awarded $25,440

Exploring Posts/EXPLORE careers/Traditional Scouting: Provide services that focus on scouting activities, camping; connecting youth with positive adult role models who will mentor them on their paths to success.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois – Awarded $25,440

After School Program: Provide activities to improve reading, math, communication, arts, life-skills, STEM and healthy decision-making skills for students after school for youth ages 13 – 21.

Sinai Family Center – Awarded $25,440

Teen Enrichment Program: Provide activities that focus on developing integrity, self-esteem, teamwork, life and social skills, sports pre-employment skills and positive interactions with adult mentors for teens ages 13 – 19.

Nu Chi Foundation – Awarded $25,440

Project Manhood Program: Provide educational sessions, leadership conferences, social outings, and field activities emphasizing academic performance, leadership skills, and social awareness for African American males age 10 – 18 years.

2017 Grants

United Way recently awarded one-time grants to organizations providing programs and services for youth in East St. Louis, Illinois. The primary focus was to support out-of-school time programs helping to prepare youth for school and life by providing activities such as leadership development, relationship and life skills, cultural enrichment, recreation, employment, academic and educational support, mentoring, and career exploration.

Christian Activity Center – Awarded $25,440
Pathways/Teen Employment Program: Provide tutoring/homework assistance in college access areas (ACT prep, academic/admissions advising, campus visits, early awareness, financial aid advising, writing workshops, study skills, and retention/transition support) for youth age 12 – 18 years.

Community Lifeline – Awarded $25,440
STEM-ology Out-of-School Time & Mentoring Program: Provide curriculums focusing on STEM courses (science, technology, engineering and math) for youth age 5 – 16 years; and leadership courses (job seeking/keeping methods, decision-making skills, social development) for youth age 16-21 years.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation – Awarded $25,440
After School Program: Provide activities to improve reading, math, communication, arts, life-skills, STEM and healthy decision-making skills for students after school for youth ages 13 – 21.

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – Awarded $25,440
Teen REACH: Provide services focusing on improving academic performance; life skills education; parental involvement; recreation, sports and cultural/artistic activities; positive adult mentors; and service learning activities for youth 7 – 18 years old.

Nu Chi Foundation – Awarded $25,440
Project Manhood Program: Provide educational sessions, leadership conferences, social outings, and field activities emphasizing academic performance, leadership skills, and social awareness for African American males age 10 – 18 years.

2016 Grants

United Way recently awarded one-time grants to organizations providing programs and services for youth in East St. Louis, Illinois. The primary focus was on expanding programming to help prepare children and youth for school and life by providing activities such as leadership development, relationship and life skills, cultural enrichment, recreation, employment, academic and educational support, mentoring, and career exploration.

Catholic Urban Programs – Awarded $25,440
Griffin Center Trinity Site: Expansion of afterschool and summer camp programs to provide academic and social/emotional skills development

Christian Activity Center – Awarded $25,440
Everyday I’m Calculatin’ Math Program: Enhancement of academic instruction on math skills for K-5th grade youth and increase parent/caregiver involvement in math education

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House – Awarded $25,440
Youth Education and Development: Expansion and enhancement of afterschool and out of school programming to provide tutoring and academic enrichment and promote healthy lifestyles

Nu Chi Foundation – Awarded $25,440
Project Manhood Program: Provide educational sessions and field activities for African American males 8 – 18 years

Sinai Family Life Center – Awarded $25,440
Afterschool Enrichment Program: Provide safe and nurturing environment to improve academic performance, teach social and life skills training, recreational activities, and meals

2015 Grants

United Way recently awarded one-time grants to organizations providing programs and services for youth in East St. Louis, Illinois. The primary focus was on agencies that offer enrichment, cultural, educational, employment and recreational opportunities for area youth.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Awarded $25,440
Launching New Dimensions of service to address community needs in several target areas; food and school supplies will be distributed to school children; two area playgrounds will be restored; and community awareness about littering, waste management and recycling will occur.

Community Lifeline – Awarded $25,440
STEM-ology Summer and After School/Mentoring Program provides a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) based curriculum for area youth involved in the organization’s after-school programs.

Jackie Joyner Kersee Foundation – Awarded $25,440
The Bell Curriculum to close the achievement gap, in partnership with SIU-Edwardsville Higher Education Center in East St. Louis and the Christian Activity Center, will serve 100 students, grades 2-5, during the agency’s summer camp.

Nu Chi Foundation – Awarded $25,440
Project Manhood provides group mentoring designed to assist at-risk male students through monthly mentor sessions, educational workshops, activities and college field trips.

The Sinai Family Life Center – Awarded $25,440
Summer Youth Enrichment Camp will provide nutrition and physical fitness routines, reading, computer training, youth financial literacy, and field trips for area youth.