LocalNonprofits get grant boostsMay 27, 2014Provided photoCaptionThe Kirkland Public Library recently received a grant in the amount of $2,375 from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The grant was used to upgrade both the patron computers, which had not been updated for 12 years, and the staff computers. The update was necessitated by Windows informing the library it would no longer support the XP operating system. Pictured (from left) are Lorene Finkle, Kirkland Public Library Board of Trustees president; Donna Turner, DCCF representative; and Linda Fett, library director.Provided photoCaptionDeKalb County Community Foundation Board Member Kevin Buick (right) presents a $4,000 grant check to Dan Kenney, founder, president, and executive director of DeKalb County Community Gardens. The grant will strengthen access to fresh, local, sustainably-grown food for people in need. Lisa Cumings of community gardens partner Live Healthy DeKalb County is pictured on the left.Provided photoCaptionJohn D. Smith, president of Just Make It Happen, Inc. (right) accepted a grant from Charles McCormick, a member of the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors, to expand JMIH's preschool music education artist in residence series to three DeKalb County preschools. The Target Foundation awarded JMIH a 2013-14 grant to implement the project, which the community foundation matched. "The Kishwaukee Brass Quintet were delighted to share their artistic and educational models with the children," Smith said. "As JMIH expands the scope of this unique program, more children of DeKalb County will gain access to music's magic in helping each child build a balanced and educational success."