Clifftop is grant recipient

GRANT RECIPIENT–Children are pictured learning about hill prairies at Overlook Prairie, one of the areas of White Rock Nature Preserve that will benefit from the ICECF Community Stewardship Challenge Grant recently awarded to Clifftop.

Clifftop NFP, a local conservation organization, has once again been rewarded for the work they and their volunteers do to protect and preserve local natural areas. The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) recently awarded Clifftop a Community Stewardship Challenge Grant to help with stewardship at White Rock Nature Preserve and Land and Water Reserve. 

Over the past 16 years, the foundation has provided financial support for clean energy investments in Illinois through a variety of programs. To date, ICECF has awarded over 5,000 grants providing $258 million to Illinois nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities and other local and state government agencies.  The grants support activities in every one of Illinois’ 102 counties.

The ICECF grant matches the money Clifftop raises from its supporters at a 3:1 rate, up to a maximum of $21,000. They also acknowledge the work of Clifftop’s volunteers by providing an additional $4,000 for a minimum of 400 hours of volunteer work on the preserve or reserve. All funds raised and received from ICECF will be used to continue invasive species control and to expand two rare hill prairies known as Edna’s Dell and Overlook Prairie.

For more, please see this week’s print edition.