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Fox Valley Grantmakers COVID-19 Response Fund receives $30,000 grant

The board of directors of the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation has announced its 2020 grant recipients.
The board of directors of the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation has announced its 2020 grant recipients.

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AURORA – The board of directors of the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation has announced its 2020 grant recipients.

One of the recipients is the Fox Valley Grantmakers COVID-19 Response Fund, which received a $30,000 grant. The fund, launched in March as a collaborative effort between the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation, Dunham Fund, Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, Fox Valley United Way and INC Board, provides grants to help local nonprofit organizations serve the immediate needs of area residents impacted by COVID-19.

This grant is in addition to the $25,000 the foundation originally contributed to the fund.

In addition, a $20,000 grant has been awarded to the Dominican Literacy Program to purchase new tutoring materials. The Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora is a community-based organization sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.

The center was founded in 1993 in response to the influx of immigrant families who needed ESL instruction. In providing individual tutoring for immigrant women, the programs of the Dominican Literacy Center give women the opportunity and ability to be full participants in their workplaces, communities and families.

The Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation was founded in 2018 and is grateful for the opportunity to support programs in Aurora and surrounding communities. The foundation mission is to provide women with the leadership skills necessary to achieve greater personal power and economic success.

Grant applications for 2021 programs will open on Sept. 1 and close on Oct. 31. Interested organizations must be registered 501c3 operating within the greater Aurora area, with a program that fits the mission of the AWEF.

Application forms can be found at AWE-Foundation.org.

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