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Morton Community Foundation Offers Funding for Local Charities and Governmental Entities

The Morton Community Foundation annually considers grant requests from Not-For-Profit groups and governmental entities (Schools, Library, Park District, Township, Village) that benefit Morton residents.  For a complete list of our grant history, CLICK HERE.

The Morton Community Foundation’s mission is “To improve the quality of life for Morton area residents, now and for generations to come.”  One of the ways we do that is by investing in our community through our annual strategic grant making process. 

If you are a non-profit charity, school, or governing body that impacts Morton area residents, or if you are involved with one of these, we are asking you to consider submitting a grant request for our 2016 Grant Cycle. The Grant Cycle opens on Friday, February 19.  Application guidelines are available HERE.  The deadline for completed grant applications is 5:00pm, Friday, March 11, 2016.  Grant recipients will be announced at the Foundation’s Business After Hours event at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Our purpose is to assist in projects that fulfill our mission.  Due to the large number of grant requests we receive each year, and the limited dollars available to support those requests, we are offering a Grant Writers’ Workshop.  This workshop will last approximately 1 hour.  We will provide information that will help your organization understand the criteria with which proposals will be prioritized for funding.  This workshop is not required.  However, we highly encourage attendance by those planning to submit proposals so that the grant writer will have the information needed to give their request the highest likelihood of funding.  The workshop will be held at the Morton Community Foundation Office at 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  You can register for the workshop online or call us at the phone number below.

For questions about the 2016 Grant Cycle, the Grant Writers’ Workshop, or anything else about the Morton Community Foundation, contact Scott Witzig at 309.291.0434 or e-mail:


New Fund Started... Morton Downtown Beautification Endowment in Memory of Witzig's Store

Witzig's clothing store was a Morton Downtown fixture for 84 years, 1910 - 1994.  Gene and Harold Witzig were 3rd generation family members in the business.  They always had a particular passion for downtown Morton beautification... not only for their own store front, but for the entire downtown business community.  The Morton Downtown Beautification Endowment in Memory of Witzig's Store, was established to honor Gene, Harold, their ancestors, and their families for 84 years of service to Morton are residents, and the business community.  The fund was established by Witzig family members, with memorials following the deaths of Gene Witzig on October 14, 2015, and his brother and fellow business partner Harold Witzig on Friday, January 15, 2016.

This endowment will provide annual grants to be used for supporting the purchase of flower boxes and flower beds and/or flowers and plants; upkeep of flower containers and flower beds; public art; way signing; bike racks; and other types of beautification in the area(s) defined as “Downtown” by the Village of Morton.



Or mail a check made out to the Morton Community Foundation
105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton, IL  61550 




On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #GivingTuesday and give back in a way that is meaningful to them. From fundraising to volunteering to pro bono service, #GivingTuesday is a great way to engage your community and to become a part of a larger worldwide movement that promotes generosity.

#GivingTuesday is so much more than one day in December. Pledge to do more the following year. For instance, you can give a certain amount every month to a charity, pledge to volunteer every month, or launch a payroll giving program to continue to give back after December.

We hope you'll consider a gift to your community through the Morton Community Foundation.  Use the link below to make your online donation.  Or, you may mail a check, or stop by our office to donate:  105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton, IL  61550.


First Grant from the Cary Martin Cancer Services Memorial Fund

On August 12, 2015, we presented the first grant check ($1,250) from the Cary S. Martin Cancer Services Memorial Fund. This is an endowment fund started by fellow MHS Class of '83 classmate Dirk Roecker in September of 2013, in time to announce at the 30th class reunion of the Class of '83. Dirk challenged other friends and classmates of Cary to donate to this fund, which will provide annual funding to the American Cancer Society's "Patient Navigation Services" program, to support other families from the Morton area who are dealing with the battle of cancer. Read more at:


Two Special People Well Remembered

By Julie Albers, Principal, Lincoln Elementary School; Trustee, Morton Community Foundation

The new wheelchair accessible swing was recently dedicated at Lincoln Elementary School.  On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the swing was dedicated in memory of Miss Amy Hardin.  Miss Hardin worked as an aide in our Intermediate Instructional Program in 2014, and was tragically killed in an automobile accident in October 2014. Amy displayed great joy and happiness while here at Lincoln Elementary School. She was a kind, thoughtful, and gentle woman. She possessed amazing patience when working with our students.  She helped our students to achieve their goals and celebrated their accomplishments with them.  She was a wonderful friend and colleague, and she is terribly missed by everyone at Lincoln Elementary School each day.  This swing is now dedicated in Amy’s memory and will be a constant reminder for all of us of her compassion, kindness and acceptance of all students.  A plaque will be attached to the concrete which will always remind us of Amy’s love and care for all children.  Amy’s parents, Steve and Debbie Hardin, were in attendance at the ceremony to recognize their daughter. 

Many groups contributed to the installation of this swing on the Lincoln Elementary School playground. Funding for this swing was provided from the Morton Community Foundation (MCF), via “Hannah’s Red Rocket Fund.”  The family of Hannah Thompson created the fund through the MCF to support the addition of accessible swings and playground equipment in our community in honor of their daughter Hannah, who passed away several years ago.  Hannah LOVED to swing, so it is fitting that this new swing will be available for all children in our community to enjoy.  Hannah’s parents, Heather and Michael Thompson, along with Hannah’s grandparents, Dan and Lynn Walters, were also in attendance at the dedication ceremony.

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