Serving Sangamon and surrounding counties
Access to Recreation Fund Grants

This grant program was originally established at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A large portion of the original grant was used to support a navigation system for Southwind Park in Springfield, Illinois. The other major element of this award included a challenge grant to create an endowment fund for accessible recreation projects. Many generous local donors provided funds for the match.

The Access to Recreation program aims to assist nonprofit organizations with accessible recreation projects. Accessible recreation includes adaptive sports, games, programs, and capital projects for persons with disabilities and special needs, including: sensory disabilities, physical disabilities and mobility impairments, cognitive and developmental disabilities, and/or emotional and psychological disorders.

This fund supports accessible recreation which provides people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in outdoor or indoor recreation activities without barriers.

2016 Awards - $6,000
Sanctuary Hill Foundation, NFP d/b/a Bright Star Equestrian Centre - $2,000
Springfield YMCA - $2,500
United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln - $1,500

2015 Awards - $7,000
Autism Society Central Illinois - $1,500
Springfield Art Association - $1,000
Springfield YMCA - $1,500
The Hope Institute for Children
and Families - $3,000

2014 Awards - $7,000
Autism Society Central Illinois - $2,000
Bright Star Equestrian Centre - $1,000
City of Springfield - CWLP - $1,000
Hoogland Center for the Arts - $2,000
Special Olympics Illinois Area 17 - $1,000

2013 Awards - $6,000
Illinois Conservation Foundation - $3,000
Lewis Memorial Acres Association - $1,500
Sparc - $1,500

2012 Awards - $6,000
Special Olympics Illinois Area 17 - $1,500
Lincoln Land Down Syndrome Society - $1,500
Lewis Memorial Acres Association - $1,500
The Hope School - $1,500

2011 Awards - $6,000
City of Springfield- $3,710
Springfield YMCA - $2,290

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