Non-profits still have one week to submit their application for the annual $20,000 grant from the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF). The grant is funded through proceeds from the Chip in fore Charity golf outing, scheduled for Sept. 15 at Illini Country Club. The grant deadline is Friday, June 13; an application and additional information are available on the Foundation website.
2013 Grant Recap
OCIF awarded the 2013 grant to genHkids who used the funds to support and expand their nutrition and activity-based programming, geared toward reducing childhood obesity in the Springfield area and surrounding communities. Here are initiatives supported by grant funds last year:
- Eat Real at School- Moved Ball-Chatham School District from a heat-and-serve model of food production to a daily, from-scratch cooking model that impacted up to 3,200 children pre-K to 8th grade.
- Destination Dinner Table- Hosted 20 programs to support families to transition back to cooking at-home, from-scratch meals, affecting approximately 500 children and their grown-ups.
- Seeds of Possibility-Garden sites are now located in four high-need areas including East Cook Street, Brandon Court, MacArthur Park Apartments, and downtown Springfield, for a total of more than 50 raised beds and 1,000 additional square feet of growing space.
- Grow Your Own Grub- Elementary and middle school children at District 186 schools who host gardens are learning skills including soil composition, vermiculture, composting, planting, maintenance and harvest. Additionally, they work in the kitchen to learn how to prepare the vegetables they grow. Surplus food is donated to charity organizations to help fee homeless individuals and families.
- Move More- Programming designed to get kids up and moving in the “moderate to vigorous” range, thus enhancing blood flow to the brain and improving cognition and behavior as well as moving children toward the recommended 60 minutes per day of physical activity.
Congratulations to genHkids on their accomplishments and for providing these services to our community. OCIF looks forward to continued partnerships with area non-profits to support important community services.
OCIF was formed in April of 2005 to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations. Funding is secured through charitable gifts, donations and grants. The Foundation partners with donors to strengthen and support health and fitness in meeting the medical needs of the community. Find out more on the Foundation website.