HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Two local nonprofit organizations received grants Friday from the Marion County Endowment Fund.
The Child Center and the Hannibal Alliance for Youth Success were both given checks during a ceremony held at the Child Center's headquarters along U.S. 36 in Hannibal.
The amount of the grants was not revealed.
Representatives from the Child Center said they would use the grant to help finance child sexual and physical abuse crisis intervention services.
The Hannibal Alliance For Youth Success will use its grant to help pay for its "Buddy Pack" program.
This marks the fifth straight year that the Marion County Endowment Fund has given grants to nonprofit organizations serving the local area.
The fund was created after a group of Marion County residents accepted an invitation to establish an endowment fund to support charitable needs and opportunities in the county.
The group initially raised $15,000 -- an amount that was subsequently matched by the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri, which manages the fund. Since then, more people, organizations and businesses have contributed to the Marion County Endowment Fund, which continues to grow each year.
Proceeds from the fund's investments are then given away each year to local causes.
Marilyn Hall, a member of the Marion County Endowment Fund Council, said she is glad to be able to give grants through the fund.
"This fund will continue to grow well into the future, and we look forward to granting awards from the proceeds to deserving nonprofit organizations each year," Hall said.
Karen Sutor, who also serves on the council, said she feels it's important for community residents and businesses to support the Marion County Endowment Fund.
"Marion County has given our family so much through the years," she said. "The Community Foundation is a way for us to give back."
The Marion County Endowment Fund Council reviewed applications that were submitted through the Community Foundation's competitive grant process. The council then made recommendations to award grants that would best serve the needs of the county.
Also during Friday's ceremony in Hannibal, the Community Foundation presented an award to the Foster Grandparent Program, a service of Douglass Community Services, through the HOMEBANK Fund.
More information about the Community Foundation -- and how to make tax-deductible donations to the Marion County Endowment Fund -- is available on the agency's website: www.mycommunityfoundation.org.