Twenty-two local projects to share $588,231 in Grand Victoria Riverboat funds.
Twenty-two local projects to share $588,231 in Grand Victoria Riverboat funds.

Kane County Projects Funded by Community Reinvestment Grants

Kane County Connects Staff 6/3/2022 4:00PM

Twenty-two local social services agencies and community projects throughout Kane County are in line to share $588,231 in Grand Victoria Riverboat funds for 2022.

“Our 'three E's' which have traditionally been used to identify the appropriateness of the application, have been environment, education and economic development," said Kane County Board member Chris Kious, Chair of the Grand Victoria Riverboat Committee.  “We as a committee felt that each one of these contributed in a significant way."

The grants ranged in amounts from $2,000 to $66,920.  Kious said the projects chosen were also able to leverage funds from other sources, extending the impact of the Riverboat grants.

“A number of them already have community support which strengthens our position in that …. they are expecting to raise 50% from other sources- or even 90%- we cover a real small part in those cases."

In addition, projects were also reviewed by committee members for the soundness of their budgets and readiness to proceed and complete projects in a timely manner.

The Kane County Board is scheduled to vote on the funding at its June 14 meeting.

The 22 community projects and grant awards included:

APS Training Institute for Robotics, $66,920

Big Rock Plowing Match Association, $14,050

Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township, $64,000

Boys and Girls Clubs of Elgin, $43,800

Community Crisis Center, $9,325

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), $40,400

Food for Greater Elgin, $30,766

Fox Valley Food for Health, $49,679

Fox Valley Special Recreation Foundation, $9,000

Friends of the Fox River, $30,485

Friends of the Viking Ship, $6,000

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Camp Dean, $20,000

Greater Family Health, $2,000

Hesed House, $17,717

Kaneland Foundation IgKnight Learning Academy, $15,000

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley, $10,004

Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, $56,615

Northern Illinois Food Bank, $30,624

Serenity House Counseling Services, $21,000

St. Charles Heritage Center Museum, $3,000

University of Illinois Extension Kane County, $35,923

Veterans Smile Program, $11,923​

According to the Kane County Office of Community Reinvestment, the County Board has a long history of distributing a portion of its annual share of revenue from the Grand Victoria Casino to local non-profits and units of local government.

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