Launched in January 2016, the Big Idea Big Impact grant initiative asked non-profit organizations to DREAM BIG and discuss what they would do if they had $100,000 to impact their programs. The CPCF asked for projects that ranged from $25,000 to $100,000. Forty-six non-profits applied.
The James C. Conlon Community Literacy Center (CCLC) opened January 23rd.
The purpose of the CCLC is to provide life-changing programs for patrons needing help in developing their personal literacy skills. The room will be used by the Crown Point Adult Learning Center. The Learning Center offers free programs that prepare students to successfully complete the High School Equivalency exam, formerly the GED, by providing concentrated and focused instruction. In addition, they offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and brush up skills training with basic reading, writing, and math.
The Center is already experiencing a huge increase in their visits of new students since the transition into the library.
“Collaboration was one of the key goals the CPCF Board of Directors were hoping to see formulate between nonprofits throughout the BIG IDEA grant process.”
said Linda Armstrong, CPCF 1st Vice Chair.
The library’s grant also included Outreach to the Community and Underserved Populations Mobile Library. The grant provided funding for a utility van to enhance outreach library services for the Crown Point and Winfield locations. Another facet of the outreach service is to provide “Books in a Box” for day cares, senior centers and other facilities, making books and library resources available to all.
Ben Ballou, CPCF 2nd Vice Chair, explained
“grants are made possible because of our donors who entrust the Foundation to allocate those dollars.”