New Grant Process for Non-Profits
Could Help Ogle County Youth
The Mill Foundation, a local not-for-profit organization that provides funding to other non-profits dedicated to helping Rockford-area youth, has adopted an annual grant cycle. Previously a semi-annual process, the annual deadline to apply is now April 1. The 2014 deadline has been extended to May 1 to allow local organizations to become aware of the change.
"The board made the decision to move to an annual grant cycle to streamline the overall grant process," stated Lori Diaz, Chairman of the Mill Foundation. "The pool of money available annually will remain the same and agencies that receive grants will no longer need to wait 18 months to apply for additional funding. Applications will be accepted each year. We hope this extension of the deadline will help increase the number of applications."
Grants are usually made for one year only; but under certain circumstances, a multi-year commitment may be considered. Organizations awarded a grant previously may now apply on an annual basis. Non-profit organizations dedicated to helping Rockford-area youth in Ogle, Winnebago, Boone, and, Stephenson counties are encouraged to apply.
Since October 2008, the Mill Foundation has awarded more than $639,000 in grants to 55 different area non-profits. In October, the most recent grant winners were announced during a news conference. Four local not for profit organizations were awarded $49,500 in grants. This was the tenth grant cycle for the Mill Foundation.
For more detailed information about the Mill Foundation and the grant application process you can go to www.TheMillFoundation.org
HCC presents Spring Band and Youth Choir Concert
On Thursday, May 1, the Spring Band Concert with the HCC Concert Band and the Youth Choir will perform their spring instrumental and vocal concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre in the Ferguson Fine Arts Center located on the Highland Campus.
Directed by Scott Stich, the Highland Concert Band will play an eclectic array of music, such as newer pieces called “Steel,” by Randall Standridge; “Night on Fire” by John Mackey and “Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon” by Percy Grainger. The band will close the concert with “Stars and Stripes Forever,” by John Philip Sousa.
Stich said a pivotal piece of the concert will be the first movement of the Gordon Jacob, “Concerto for Bassoon,” with guest artist Emily Stich as the bassoon soloist.
Emily Stich, the bassoon soloist, is a student at Illinois Wesleyan University and the 2013 IWU Wind Ensemble Concerto winner and the 2014 IWU Henry Charles Concerto Aria winner.
Also performing for the evening concert is the Youth Choir, under the direction of Dagny Brandt. This performance is called “Jazz, A Swingin’ Celebration.” The Youth Choir is presenting different styles of jazz music, with small groups as soloists.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Video of Blackhawk Statue
Byron Museum Offers Free Tours
The Byron Museum of History, 110 Union Street in downtown Byron, is offering free guided tours of its facility for school and community groups. There are displays and associated activities that enhance visitors' appreciation of Byron and the region -- how it all came to be and the people who made it happen.
The Byron Museum of History is dedicated to preserving the Byron area’s rich history through exhibits, programs, and artifact preservation. The Museum Complex consists of a large exhibit hall with varied displays and encompasses the historic Read House - which is a listed site on the National Underground Railroad Network. More information at http://www.byronmuseum.org/.
Hailey's Winery Features Wine
Hailey's Winery is excited to feature several wine varieties at Oregon SuperValu! Chambourcin, Cranberry, Girls Night White, Sweet Niagara and Rocking Chair Red wines are the varieties currently available. Let Ginger or Cheryl know if there are additional options you would prefer!
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Thu Apr 17
|Sauk Valley Career Fair|
Thu Apr 17
|Ten Pennies Ribbon Cutting & Business After Hours|
Thu Apr 17
|Oregon Park District Easter Egg Hunt|
Sat Apr 19
|Hidden Timber Gardens Season Opens|
Tue Apr 22
|LOMC Presents "Bullying Prevention"|
Mon Apr 28
|HCC presents Spring Band and Youth Choir Concert|
Thu May 01
|Flower and Plant Sale|
Sat May 03
|Hidden Timber Gardens Spring Open House|
Sat May 03
|Ambassador Team Meeting|
Mon May 05