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The Community Foundation of Grundy County distributed grant funds to non-profits who help children deal with adverse experiences.

The Gerald D. Abel Endowment was established in 2016 at the Community Foundation of Grundy County in order to impact organizations serving children and veterans in the Grundy and Will County areas.

Through the endowment, the Community Foundation was able to organize an Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACE’s, training in October.

The topic of ACE’s was chosen because conversations regarding mental health are growing across all sectors within the county.

Devan Gagliardo, Program Director for the Community Foundation, said organizations who attended the training were eligible to submit proposals for grant funding that would strengthen existing programs or allow for the creation of new programs and services to improve resiliency against ACE’s.

Gagliardo said three out of five grant requests revolve around additional staff training.

The two other grants were given to Minooka Primary School to host an event for preschools and their families that aim to promote family togetherness and support and the Easter Seals Jump Start will host ten 2-hour educational group sessions for children and families who are at risk of or have experienced adverse events.