About Fran Shapiro

Fran Shapiro is a nationally certified school psychologist who currently works as an educational and family consultant for individuals with special needs and their families. She helps families and individuals as they navigate their aspirations, needs, interests, and desires to create a balanced life for the entire family. Fran has worked with schools and families to develop an appropriate, positive and challenging program for students that address individual needs and abilities. She also focuses on transition planning and post-secondary opportunities. Fran’s approach is person-centered, developmental and holistic.

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Grant Money — Get to Know your Township

Did you know that Lake County is comprised of 18 townships?  Out of these, The Nemo News has identified three that have grant programs for not-for-profit programs and services that support residents who live or work in their township.  They are Moraine, West Deerfield and Ela Townships.   Guidelines and deadlines vary by township and particulars are available from the township involved. The table below shows the deadlines by township.

Township                           Recent  Grant Deadline
Moraine ……………………….February 1, 2013
West Deerfield……………….November 1, 2012
Ela………………………………January 3, 2013

There is still time for agencies to apply for a Moraine Township Grant.  The deadline is February 1, 2013. Guidelines for the Moraine application are available here.

It’s not too early to start researching a grant for FY 2013-14 in West Deerfield and Ela Townships (or other townships).  Relationships between grant making organizations and grantees take time to develop. Not-for-profit organizations often need to apply for a grant a few times before actually receiving funding.  By getting to know the folks in your township who sit on the grant committee, you can educate those in your township about the work your organization does, the people you serve and the invaluable service you provide.

Last year, Moraine Township awarded $225,875 during FY2012-13. Recipients included The Center for Enriched Living, The Equestrian Connection, and Lambs Farm. West Deerfield Township awarded grants to Glenkirk as well as Friendship Circle of Illinois. Moraine Township also offers some programming about management and funding for not-for-profit organizations.

A list of Lake County townships and contact information can be found here.  If you township has a grant program that we missed, please let us know.

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