Atlanta Betterment Fund gives out
$5,000 in local grants
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[May 14, 2016]
- On Saturday, the Atlanta Betterment Fund hosted a small reception
in the upstairs meeting room at the Palms Grill. The reception was
held to distribute 12 checks totaling $5,000 to local organizations
that are doing good work in Atlanta, and improving the quality of
life for Atlanta residents.
Dale Colaw, a member of the Atlanta Economic Development
Committee, served as the host and presented the checks.
Colaw opened with a brief review of how the Betterment Fund is able
to award the 12 grants. He outlined the decision to raise $100,000
that would be invested as an endowment with the Illinois Prairie
Community Foundation. He noted that this is the fourth year the
Betterment Fund has been able to award grants and that in the first
year the total awarded was only $600 and this year it is $5,000.
He said that the committee had received 12 grant applications this
year. Some were repeat recipients, but a few were first time
applicants. He said that not every group got all the money they
needed, but every group did get something.
He also acknowledged the committee members who helped put this
program in place for the Atlanta community. Those committee members
are Billie Cheek, Bill Thomas, Susan R. Hoblit. He noted that Hoblit
had been the driving force behind establishing the endowment fund
and had worked closely with Greg Meyer of the Illinois Prairie
It was also noted that when the program began, the committee had
hoped to raise $100,000, and they did so with the support of the
community. He also noted that today the total amount in the fund is
Greg Meyer spoke briefly saying that the success of the Atlanta
Betterment Fund is being shared with many small towns throughout the
area, helping those communities to understand the impact they can
have in improving the quality of life for their citizens.
Colaw also noted that the committee had been pleased to see the
interest of the community in funding the endowment and that Atlanta
was blessed with a lot of great supporters. Meyer also chimed in
that it isnít just people in Atlanta that are supporting the
community. He noted that the Foundation receives an annual
contribution from a supporter who lives in Alaska.
Colaw then moved on to the presentation of grants.
Grants this year were given to:
Atlanta Historical Preservation Council
For the repair of the Wabash Box Car.
Atlanta United Methodist Church
For maintenance work to be done on the church elevator.
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Atlanta Historic Commission
For continued work on the Carriage House Restoration Project.
Atlanta Flower Buds - City of Atlanta
For the planting project at the Atlanta Firehouse.
Atlanta Public Library
For the remodeling project of the Union Hall building for museum
exhibits and programming space.
Atlanta Memorial Park District
Update the sign in front of the Memorial House.
The Ladies Cemetery Association of Atlanta
Repair and restoration of the older monuments at the Atlanta
City of Atlanta Public Pool
Financial support for hiring a pool manager for the 2016 summer
Atlanta Christian Church
To assist in funding a program entitled ďA walk through the Old
Atlanta Rescue Squad
To assist with the purchase of new CPR training mannequins.
Atlanta Fire Department
To pay for one of three needed garage door openers at the firehouse.
Olympia South PTO
To replace wooden split rail fence at Olympia South Butterfly Garden
with new vinyl fencing.