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Kane County Announces $1 Million Plus for Local Projects

Kane County Connects Staff 7/12/2023 10:00AM

​Members of the Kane County Board approved $1,116,842.00 in community reinvestment grants to fund local projects ranging from solar panels to educational programs to equipment purchases.

Twenty-six projects in all will receive funding ranging between $3,000 to $95,000.  The money comes from the Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund, established by the Kane County Board in 1997 under an agreement with the Elgin Riverboat Resort (Grand Victoria Riverboat). The agreement provides for an annual contribution to the County equal to a set percentage of the riverboat's annual net operating income.

Over the years, the fund has supported a variety of educational, environmental and economic development activities.

Submissions for funding are solicited and reviewed annually by the Kane County Riverboat Committee.  The Committee recommendations are then approved by the full County board. 

Below is a list of the recipients of community reinvestments grants for FY2023:

Association for Individual Development Purchase of food truck. $94,060

Boys & Girls Club of Elgin Construct Aurora clubhouse. $95,188

Campton Historic Agricultural Lands Purchase equipment for prairie burn. $2,460

Community Crisis Center (Project #1) Purchase/install two vertical platform lifts. $28,571

Community Crisis Center (Project #2) Program salaries and fringe benefits. $56,144

Court Appointed Special Advocates Train and supervise new CASA/GAL volunteers. $37,800

Dundee Township Historical Society Purchase/install interpretive signs. $3,169

Ecker Center for Behavioral Health Staff training and tuition reimbursement. $51,032

Food for Greater Elgin Renovate facility and purchase equipment. $85,722

Forest Preserve District of Kane County Burlington Prairie improvements. $90,100

Fox Valley Food for Health Operating costs for Healthy Meals Program. $77,995

Friends of the Fox River Schweitzer Center facility improvements. $44,050

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Camp Dean solar panels, generator, roof, and pool pump. $65,985

Hesed House Replace HVAC system. $37,892

Lazarus House Partial salary/benefits for Guest Development Coordinator. $14,670

Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley English tutoring program. $10,993

Mutual Ground Purchase/install LVT flooring. $14,516

Northern Illinois Food Bank Purchase and brand two 53' dry trailers. $45,303

Preservation Partners (Project #1) Beith House rehabilitation work (roof, gutters, and exterior millwork). $26,392

Preservation Partners (Project #2) Fabyan Forest Preserve and Villa conservation projects. $27,799

Rebuilding Together Aurora Home repair and accessibility modifications. $57,569

River Corridor Foundation of St. Charles Design costs associated with east bank improvements. $4,450

Summit School Window replacement. $17,150

The Literacy Connection Salaries/supplies associated with Feel Fluent Program. $23,602

Univ. of IL Extension Kane County Community educational programs. $88,593

YWCA Elgin Salary/benefits/training/materials for Family Literacy Program. $15,637

Total $1,116,842

Learn more about the Kane County Riverboat Fund Program at

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