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Posted on: January 2, 2021

Town of Normal Secures Several Grants in 2020 to Improve Community

In 2020, Town of Normal secured more than $3.2 million in grants that improved our community in a variety of ways.

The Town received two grants from the Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO): Staff secured $450,000 from DCEO for the local CURES program in support of small businesses to address the financial impact of COVID-19. The Fast-Track Grant ($590,000) contributes to fast-tracking planned infrastructure projects around the community. 

“We appreciate Town staff working so diligently to secure various grants throughout the year. I am proud to see how these grants will impact the community. Citizens will reap the benefits for years to come in many ways … road improvements, educational opportunities, citizen safety, and so much more” said Chris Koos, Mayor.

The Children’s Discovery Museum (CDM) accumulated over $600,000 in grants. A majority of this comes from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) grant for the installation of the new Luckey Climber exhibit

The Secretary of State awarded the Library per Capita Grant for $65,000 to Normal Public Library (NPL). This money contributes to expanding access to physical library materials and digital content. A mini-grant of $700 from the Public Policy and Advocacy Office of the American Library Association with sponsorship from Google was used towards the Digimakers Project. As a result of the project, kids and teens ages 10-14 were invited to join a four-week virtual interactive class teaching digital skills.

The CDM and NPL also secured several additional grants which helped create science, technology, engineering, and math (STEAM) programs and activities, in addition to creating literacy and remote learning kits for local schools and community members. 

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Summary of Grants Secured by Town of Normal in 2020 


The Town of Normal Received:

From: 

To improve the community by…

$1,560,000

$1,560,000 Illinois Department of Transportation Special Bridge Program

Construction and replacement for the Franklin Street Bridge 

$590,000

$590,000 Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (Fast Track Grant)

Replacement of sub-standard water main and related equipment along Oak Street, Phoenix Avenue and Stewart Street

$568,700

$568,700 Luckey Climber Grant from Secretary of State

Build and install a new Lucky Climber exhibit at the CDM

$450,000

$450,000 Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (Local CURE Program)

Financial support of eligible local businesses 

$65,621

$65,621 The Illinois Secretary of State Library Per Capita Grant 

Expand access to physical library materials and to digital content.

$20,000

$20,000 State Farm Foundation 

Create STEAM Outreach opportunities for young people

$15,000

$15,000 PNC Bank Grow Up Great Grant

Early Childhood Education

$10,000

$10,000 The Illinois Secretary of State Library Digital Network Access Grant 

Upgrade and expantion Wi-Fi access inside and outside the library.

$7,500

$7,500 Women to Women Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Early Childhood/STEAM Programs

$1,500

$1,500 Private Grant

Unit 5 students with remote learning activity kits

$700

$700 Public Policy and Advocacy Office of the American Library Association with sponsorship from Google 

Digimakers project for virtual education courses 

Total: $3,289,021

 

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