• Manar encourages local food, housing nonprofits to apply for Charitable Trust grants

    Senator ManarBUNKER HILL - State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is encouraging small Central Illinois nonprofits that specialize in food and housing assistance to apply for grants under the state’s Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund, a biannual program administered by the Illinois State Treasurer’s office intended to support nonprofits across the state with annual budgets of $1 million or less.

    The Treasurer’s office recently announced that it will double the number of recipients for the fall 2020 grant cycle in response to challenges related to COVID-19.

    “The Charitable Trust grant opportunity comes at a critical time for the nonprofit sector in my district, which is largely made up of small, community-based groups that consistently make a profound impact on already modest budgets,” Manar said. “However, the pandemic has caused unforeseen financial shortfalls, while simultaneously deepening the need for food and housing support.”

    The Charitable Trust Stabilization Fund will offer a total of $375,000 to be split between 30 nonprofits. The maximum award amount is $12,500 for each organization.

    Applications will be accepted from July 1 through Sept. 30 in two categories: Food Programs and Housing Programs.

    “Any eligible Central Illinois nonprofit that needs assistance with the application process should reach out to my office directly,” Manar said. “My staff and I stand ready to help as best we can.”

    Applicants will need to complete the online application in full, including all requested documents and forms, at Applicants without access to a computer or the internet should contact the Treasurer’s office at (217) 836-4590.

  • Murphy, Manar work with Treasurer to return unclaimed property

    icash walletSenators Laura Murphy, Des Plaines, and Andy Manar, Bunker Hill, are working with Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs to return thousands of dollars in unclaimed property to constituents through the treasurer’s I-Cash program.

    By law, the state treasurer must safeguard unclaimed property until its rightful owner can be found. Currently, the Treasurer’s Office is holding approximately $2.7 billion in recovered cash and working with legislators to find its rightful owners.

    “In my district, I have been able to unite people with lost money: $40,000, $316,000, $356,000 in three instances alone,” Murphy said.

    As part of the I-Cash program, the Treasurer’s Office attempts to contact people who are owed unclaimed money and property. Frerichs said that it sounds odd, but giving people their money back is difficult because many people assume that the calls from the Treasurer’s Office are fraudulent. The treasurer works with Senators because they know their districts and are better equipped to contact individuals and businesses that are owed unclaimed property.