The Peoria County Board for the Care and Treatment of Persons with a Developmental Disability (Care and Treatment Board) is pleased to announce a record $900,000 award to five local agencies for the 2018-2019 service year. Requests for proposals went out in early April, and the board received nine requests for funding. The board was able to fund 99.5% of the total requested amount this year.
This was due in large part to the passing of the advisory referendum on the November 2016 ballot, where voters said they would support raising the property tax levy for the Care and Treatment Board. The Peoria County Board followed the will of the voters and raised the levy at the December 2016 board meeting. The levy rate was increased from .99 to 1.99, which is approximately $13.13 on a $100,000 house.
“The members of the Board and I would like to thank all the voters and tax payers who supported this increase and the Peoria County Board members and community stakeholders who rallied around the cause,” stated Greg Chance, President of the Care and Treatment Board.
Grant funding for the July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 period are as follows:
- Camp Big Sky, “Living a Life Like Any Other” programming - $34,000
- Camp Big Sky, Learning Center Equipment - $3,097
- EP!C, Educational Services - $250,000
- EP!C, Specialized Programs - $239,409
- Community Workshop & Training Center, Community Employment Services - $227,000
- Community Workshop & Training Center, Adult Day Program - $53,500
- Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association - $32,000
- Easter Seals Central Illinois, Early Intervention in Natural Environments - $45,129
- Easter Seals Central Illinois, Sensory Integration Therapy Improvements- $15,865
One of the grants for Camp Big Sky is to help furnish its new Learning Center to support its Adult Volunteer Training Program.
“We started the program in 2014 and we just used a multi-purpose storage building with some old tables; it was less than ideal. This new center is going to really provide a much more learning-conducive environment,” says Brad Guidi, Mission Director.
“The equipment we can purchase with this grant is another big step toward getting this program where it needs to be. Many of the graduates from this program return to the Peoria County area with the skills they’ve learned and hold volunteer jobs and paid jobs. Our programs at Camp Big Sky enable them to become engaged and contributing members of their community.”
Another grant receiver, the Community Workshop and Training Center (CWTC), uses grant money to assist people with disabilities in gaining employment and maintaining employment in their communities. Individuals learn various skills to help them be productive citizens and a part of their community. This program includes on-going job-coaching for the individuals and support for the employers.
“We are very appreciative of the opportunity to apply for these grants. The more diverse our funding can be, the more we can offer and the better our programs can be. We appreciate the support of the Peoria County Board, the Care and Treatment Board and our whole community,” states CWTC Executive Director Patti Gratton.
In fiscal years 2015 and 2016, the Care and Treatment Board gave out approximately $500,000 in grants. In 2017, they awarded $780,000 in grants.
Grant recipients would be happy to discuss their programs with members of the media. We ask that you reach out directly to the organizations.
For more information on the Care and Treatment Board, please contact Chairman Greg Chance at (309) 494-6222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.