Township grant process underway

New Trier Township is seeking applications from non-profit organizations seeking Township funding during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Applications are due Sept. 8. | Steve Schering/Sun-Times Media
New Trier Township is seeking applications from non-profit organizations seeking Township funding during the 2015-16 fiscal year. Applications are due Sept. 8. | Steve Schering/Sun-Times Media

Officials at New Trier Township announced funding applications are now being accepted for the township’s 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins March 1.

Outside organizations seeking township funding must be non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, provide direct services to township residents and have a firm sense of mission, a volunteer board and an established evaluation process.

Those interested in applying for funding should fill out an application and return it to the township by noon, Sept. 8.

Committees made up of resident volunteers plan a series of public hearings in October and November.

“These committees look at [each organization’s] criteria and ask if they are meeting the needs of the community,” Community Services Administrator Brian Leverenz said. “Some of the agencies are located in New Trier Township, some are not. They just have to be serving our residents.”

The advisory committees will make their final allocation recommendations to the New Trier Township Board in December. Each organization will be notified of its final funding amount in April.

“The committee members are all local residents,” Communications Director Debbie Van Solkema said. “We are always looking for residents who are interested in participating in the process. It’s their tax dollars being granted to agencies to provide services to themselves and their neighbors. We think this is one of the most important functions of the township. It’s our core mission.”

During the 2013-14 fiscal year, the township awarded $1.34 million in grants to 35 social services agencies. The money supported 45 programs, which included youth drop-in centers, senior services, agencies that attend to the well-being of individuals and families, and crisis intervention and prevention services.

“Some townships provide their own services like youth and day care centers,” Leverenz said. “Our philosophy is there are a lot of great agencies in the community who provide these services. It makes the most sense for us to provide funding to them, rather than operate these services ourselves.”

The Township also provides financial support to residential, vocational and respite programs, as well as advocacy and inclusion programs for persons with disabilities.

Further information on eligibility and the funding process can be obtained by contacting Leverenz at 847-446-8203 or bleverenz@newtriertownship.com.

New Trier Township was established in 1850 and serves 56,000 residents in the villages of Glencoe, Kenilworth, Wilmette and Winnetka, plus portions of Glenview and Northfield.

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