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Nonprofits receive grants from lottery-ticket sales

SPRINGFIELD – Two McHenry County groups were among seven nonprofit organizations that received grants from Veterans Cash scratch-off lottery tickets sales.

Family Alliance of Woodstock received a $2,000 grant and TLS Veterans of McHenry received $43,787, according to a Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs news release.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced $330,185 in grants to help nonprofits that deliver specialized programs and services to the Illinois veteran community.

Family Alliance provides day care services to elderly veterans in McHenry, Boone, Kane and Lake counties.

TLS Veterans will use its grant to buy two vehicles to take previously homeless veterans to medical appointments, jobs and other activities.

“Veterans Cash continues to provide much-needed funds to organizations providing proven, impactful services to Illinois veterans,” Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Borggren said in a news release. “As tens of thousands of new veterans return to Illinois in the next several years, we are proud that the support of Illinois citizens continues to translate into direct veterans’ services through this great program.”

Veterans Cash has funded programs for veterans throughout Illinois since its 2006 creation.

Other recipients of grants were Carpenter’s Place in Rockford ($18,406), The Impact Center in Washington, D.C. ($46,500), The Salvation Army in Springfield ($50,600), Thresholds in Chicago ($68,892), and VFW, Department of Illinois in Springfield ($100,000).

On a quarterly basis, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Veterans Cash Grant Committee reviews applications and awards grants to groups that help address PTSD, homelessness, health insurance costs, long-term care and disability benefits. To date, nearly 190 organizations have shared more than $10 million in funding.

To apply for a grant, download an application at the Veterans Cash website. For information about IDVA and its programs, visit the agency’s homepage.

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