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Illinois agencies among recipients of St. Louis Regional Business Council grants

The St. Louis Regional Business Council is giving $110,000 in grants to 30 organizations throughout the metropolitan region, it announced today.

The grants, from the It’s Our Region Fund, reflect what the RBC says is its philanthropic commitment to improve the quality of life for all St. Louisans.

“We felt it was important to be able to provide funding to organizations who serve those most in need in our community,” said Kathy Osborn, executive director of the St. Louis RBC. “This year, we put a special emphasis on non-profits serving North City and County residents.”

The It’s Our Region grants support one-time capital improvement projects in the $1,000 to $10,000 range for non-profits, community agencies and municipalities. Typically, these kinds of projects are difficult for smaller agencies to fund, “and yet they have an enormous impact because they are at places serving people in their greatest hour of need,” the agency said.

Grant award winners in North St. Louis County are: ACOPP – Assisting Children of Prison Parents, Loaves and Fishes, Room at the Inn, Spanish Lake Youth Center, St. Martin’s Child Center, and Urban League of Greater St. Louis; and in North St. Louis City are: North Area Community Development, and Northside Youth and Senior Center, Inc.

Additional grant recipients from throughout the region are: American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge (Illinois), Brightside St. Louis, CASA of Southwestern Illinois, Central Institute for the Deaf, Cherokee Station Business Association, Community Care Center (Illinois), Contemporary Art Museum, Crown Center for Senior Living, Friends of Francis Park, Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls, International Institute of St. Louis, Junior Achievement, Lift for Life Gym, Marian Middle School, NextStep for Life (Jefferson County), Nurses for Newborns, Our Little Haven, Perennial, Safe Connections, St. Louis BWorks, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, and St. Louis Military Officer Support.

The RBC website has a complete list of grants and projects,

The total amount allocated by the committee, along with matching and additional funds is $111,759.

“This type of investment in such diverse and meaningful projects in our region will directly and significantly enhance the lives of many residents,” Osborn said.

About the Regional Business Council

Founded in 2000, the RBC is a consortium of presidents and CEOs from 100 of the region’s largest companies. The RBC is dedicated to enhancing the growth and quality of life in the St. Louis region. The RBC collectively represents 1.1 million total employees and $200 billion in 2010 revenues companywide; and 120,000 total employees in the St. Louis region with $63 billion in 2010 revenues in the St. Louis region. RBC member companies employ 16% of the regional workforce. The mission of the RBC is to act on high-impact business, civic and philanthropic initiatives for the betterment of the 16-county St. Louis region.

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