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Major Grants for School WIFI and the Homeless


School children and the homeless will be the beneficiaries of some major grants. Wednesday, the Quad Cities Community Foundation awarded 100,000 dollar Transformation Grants - to the United Township and East Moline school districts, and to Humility Homes and Services.

Foundation Vice President Kelly Thompson says the two school districts will use their grant to begin the process to insure students have WIFI access in their homes.

"There'll be about 100 families within the geographic area where they're going to do the pilot program. And with the work that they're doing, and hopefully with this push of support from our community, they'll be able to secure more resources to expand this."

Humility will use its grant to support its five-year goal to find long-term solutions for people experiencing homelessness.

Since 2015, the Community Foundation has awarded more than one million dollars in Transformation Grants, with money given by local residents to the Quad Cities Community Impact Fund. Recently the foundation gave 50,000 dollars to the United Way for its efforts to address racial inequities - in health, education, and income in the Quad Cities.