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Grant Highlights 

Champaign County Mental Health Board

Beyond Blue, a perinatal depression program, has been funded for a third  year at Crisis Nursery through a grant from the Champaign County Mental Health Board. This initiative was established to integrate physical and mental health services for a vulnerable population. Beyond Blue provides services to mothers with children aged less than one year who are identified as “at risk” for perinatal depression.

Mothers who reside in rural Champaign County are eligible for these services. Home visiting services, parent-child interaction groups, linkage with health services, postpartum support groups, crisis care and respite care are some of the core prevention services being offered in assistance.

This grant makes it possible for Crisis Nursery to expand and tailor our support services as we reach out to these mothers and babies and their families.  Additionally, the Nursery will educate the community and health care providers regarding the impact of perinatal depression on babies and families and the importance of identifying Moms who need help. 

The Christie Foundation

Last year, with the support of The Christie Foundation, Crisis Nursery increased its outreach efforts to educate the community about child abuse prevention and Crisis Nursery services. The results were impressive, with the Nursery serving more children than in years past. This underscored our belief that there are families in Champaign County that could benefit from Crisis Nursery services, but they do not know where to ask for help. 
This year, the Christie Foundation is generously supporting Crisis Nursery again so that we may build on last year’s community outreach success. By improving community awareness about child abuse prevention and the resources available at Crisis Nursery, we aim to increase utilization of our services, thereby keeping more children out of harm’s way. In addition, a portion of the funds will be used for internal staff development on child health, child development, and child abuse prevention topics, so that our staff may better educate our families on those topics. Funding will support additional staff hours to go out into the community, to participate in professional development trainings, and for the cost of print materials to expand our reach.  

Yahoo! Employee Foundation

The Yahoo! Employee Foundation recently awarded a grant to Crisis Nursery to support earned respite care and to purchase needed materials for our parent support groups. Yahoo!’s Champaign office has been an active supporter of Crisis Nursery’s Back to School Celebration for the past three years, and our grant application was “championed” by a Yahoo! employee. The grant, which was administered through the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will provide for over 700 hours of respite care, which families can earn through participation in the Strong Families program.

Community Foundation of East Central Illinois

Crisis Nursery is pleased to be the recipient of a grant from the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois. Almost two years ago, Crisis Nursery increased the age range of the children we are licensed to serve from birth-through-five to birth-through-six. Unfortunately, our toy inventory did not keep up with this change in demographics. Because the majority of the toys at the Nursery were purchased or donated with younger children in mind, they often failed to engage older children in our care. Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, however, this will no longer be a problem. Funds provided will be used to purchase toys specifically for older children, ensuring that everyone will have a safe and fun time during their stay at Crisis Nursery. We thank the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois for their support.

The Rotary Club of Champaign and WGRC

Crisis Nursery thanks The Rotary Club of Champaign and WGRC, Inc for its award of a Joseph H. Cannon Memorial Grant in December 2013.  The grant will help fund the purchase of 4 new computers and 2 new laptops as part of a much-needed technology upgrade for Crisis Nursery staff. 

Special Thanks

Thank you to our local, state and federal grantors, who have given a combined total of $350,531 in fiscal year 2013.


  • Champaign County Mental Health Board
  • The Christie Foundation
  • City of Urbana-Grants Management
  • Junior League of Champaign-Urbana
  • Lumpkin Family Foundation/Community Foundation
  • Orange Krush Foundation
  • Presence Covenant Medical Center Foundation/Women4Women
  • Rotary Club of Champaign
  • United Way of Champaign County
  • Vidyaranya Kannada Kuta Charitable Fund
  • Wal-Mart #5403 - Urbana

State & Federal

  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Children & Family Services
  • Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois Department on Aging