Neighborhood Grants Awarded to 13 Organizations

Group Picture 1HomeStart and the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois held a grant reception on May 24 to award funding to thirteen organizations. The list of recipients and their projects are:

Edgewater Neighborhood Association                                  

$900 for “Neighborhood Celebrations”

To enhance and supplement existing neighborhood communication.

Galapagos Rockford Charter School NFP                              

$1,000 for “GRCS Playground Enhancement”

To expand the landscaping in the community garden area.

Haight Village National Register Historic District                 

$2,240 for “Haight Village Signage Update”

To enhance the identity of the District while continuing to improve the physical look of the neighborhood.


Natural Land Institute                                                            

$2,500 for “Community Conservation Program Demonstration Rain Garden”

To help residents see first-hand how the garden functions and how to install one.

North End Square Neighborhood Association            

$2,500 for “Neighborhood Engagement”

To produce and print a Welcome Home Kit, and host events to increase interaction among residents.

North Highland Square Neighborhood Association               

$2,100 for “Branding and Beautification”

To create a website for neighborhood communication, and to plant around our signs and planters.

ORCHID – Third Union College Neighborhood Watch          

$2,500 for “Historical Markers”

To place historical markers that illustrate the history of our neighborhood in Rockford.

River District Association                                                       

$2,500 for “Ambassador Tour User Experience Upgrade”

To purchase audio tour equipment for both docent and participant.


Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity                        

$1,000 for “Building Identity in Beverly Park”

To design and install neighborhood signage to increase neighborhood identity.

Rockford Park District                                                            

$1,500 for “City of Gardens Beautification Project at South Henrietta Park”

To plan 12 new shade trees in the South Henrietta Park

Rolling Green Association                                                      

$500 for “Friendship Parks”

To continue to beautify our neighborhood by establishing community areas.

Tabor Lutheran Church                                                          

$750 for “Rockview Community Garden”

To provide space and land to be tilled for organic gardens.

Youth Services Network                                                         

$2,500 for Parenthood Promise Ellis Heights Beautification and Clean-up Project”

To transform the Ellis Heights neighborhood surrounding Ellis Elementary School.

We envision thriving neighborhoods where everyone has equal access to quality housing opportunities.