2023 Transformational Grant Recipients

The Community Foundation for McHenry County Awards 2023 Transformational Grants to Three Charitable Organizations Totaling $148,500. The Community Foundation for McHenry County is celebrating the fourth year of their Transformational Grant program, which offers grant funding to support groundbreaking programs, provide innovative services and be a source of positive change in McHenry County. Thank you to all our donors and volunteers that made this possible.

"As a significant leader in McHenry County, The Community Foundation considers it a privilege to bring about impactful change through the Transformational Grant program. The Foundation wholeheartedly expresses gratitude to the generous donors who have made these programs possible, enabling the Home of The Sparrow and the Land Conservancy of McHenry County to make a lasting difference in our community," said Amy Hernon, Executive Director of The Community Foundation for McHenry County.

This year’s grant recipients are:

Home of The Sparrow, Inc.
Home of the Sparrow received an award of $75,000 to support the Marengo Supportive Housing Program. This year’s funding will be used to increase the amount of housing to accommodate the growing need for lower to moderate income housing. In addition, these programs will service the affected community with education and resources to improve personal sustainability.

The house featured is in Algonquin, IL.

The Land Conservancy of McHenry County
The Land Conservancy of McHenry County received an award of $73,500 for their project: Raices Latinas: Agriculture in McHenry County. This is the second year of Transformational Grant funding for this project which has received a total of $144,300. The goal of this program is to honor the valuable contributions of the Latino/Latine community to McHenry County’s rich agricultural history through education, collaboration, storytelling, and celebratory events. 

“The impact we hope to have in McHenry County is for all of our cultures to embrace the richness of the contributions the Latinx community has brought and continues to bring to our residents, businesses and education institutions as well as the acceptance of our blended and similar family values, work ethic and increase mutual respect as well as collaboration with one another,” said Dr. Maggie Rivera, President/CEO, Illinois Migrant Council.


Staff member from Farmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP) conducting outreach in the community of Latino farmworkers in McHenry County. Raices Latinas will elevate the stories of this sector of the McHenry County population.

Grant Opportunities
Foundant Grant Portal
Grant Recipients
For questions or more information about The Foundation’s annual grant opportunities contact Jake Schlicht, Manager of Grants and Scholarships at [email protected] or call 815-338-4483.