Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment

A permanent endowment established to benefit child care, workforce development and land use/protection issues in the Mattoon and Effingham region.

The Communityworks Fund grants to three main areas: childcare, workforce development, and land use and protection based on the belief that by improving these areas, we can directly impact the quality of life in our community. Within each area, we have identified topics to focus on:

Workforce Development

  • Job retention and career advancement
  • Job creation, including entrepreneurial efforts
  • Access/transportation options to jobs

Land Use and Protection

  • Protection and restoration of natural lands and waterways
  • Implementation of regional growth management and land use strategies that promote economic vitality and environmental health
  • Expansion/connection of preserved natural lands
  • Development of clean renewable energy and prevention of pollution
  • Education of the public in above issues

Early Childhood Care and Education

  • Increasing access to quality, affordable childcare and early childhood education options for working families
  • Expanding availability of quality childcare facilities
  • Strengthening childcare education programs and management capacities


Grants

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Our News Articles

  • Preschool scholarship program creates opportunities for young learners

    Preschool scholarship program creates opportunities for young learners

    It is the mission of Effingham Preschool for All to provide the opportunity for children ages 3 to 5 to attend preschool so that no child within the Effingham Unit #40 School District enters kindergarten without first having at least one year of preschool experience.

  • Effingham Childhood Development Center after school program receives CommunityWorks support

    Effingham Childhood Development Center after school program receives CommunityWorks support

    The Effingham County Community Foundation recently announced that the Effingham Child Development Center was the recipient of a $11,572 grant from the Effingham County CommunityWorks Fund for the “Lights on After School” and summer camp programs for children age 5 to 13.

  • Ballard hiking trail improvements made possible through local grant

    Ballard hiking trail improvements made possible through local grant

    Ballard Nature Center, Altamont has received a $3,900 grant from the Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment for the enhancement of its hiking and programming opportunities.

  • Child advocate group receives grant to improve efficiency

    Child advocate group receives grant to improve efficiency

    The local organization responsible for advocating for children in the Effingham County Circuit Court System will now be able to do so more efficiently.

  • Altamont after school program receives boost in funding

    Altamont after school program receives boost in funding

    Immanuel Lutheran Church is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Effingham County CommunityWorks Endowment for the Altamont After School Care program.

  • Dieterich's after school club secures CommunityWorks grant

    Dieterich's after school club secures CommunityWorks grant

    The Effingham County Community Foundation has announced that the Dieterich Park District is the recipient of a $4,000 grant from the Effingham County CommunityWorks Fund for its After School Club.

  • 'Techtopolis' progresses toward laptop and tablet goal

    'Techtopolis' progresses toward laptop and tablet goal

    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-1classroom by the 2016-2017 school year.

  • 2014 Effingham County Grantees Announced

    The Effingham County Community Foundation granted $54,600 to local organizations in 2014.

  • Fourteen area nonprofits receive grants from Community Foundation

    Fourteen area nonprofits receive grants from Community Foundation

    The Effingham County Community Foundation recently distributed $34,400 in grants this year to assist nonprofit organizations in efforts related to visual arts, youth initiatives, workforce development, child care and early childhood education, and land use and protection.

  • 2010 Grant Applications Available

    $29,400 will be available this year to assist nonprofit organizations in efforts related to visual arts, youth initiatives, workforce development, child care and early childhood education, and land use and protection.

  • Community Foundation awards grants

    The Effingham County Community Foundation recently announced $17,000 in grants this year to assist nonprofit organizations in efforts related to visual arts, youth initiatives, workforce development, child care and early childhood education, and land use and protection.

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