Lake County News

IDVA Announce Schedule Changes
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs representatives have reduced their hours at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center to Tuesday and Thursday only. However, the Veterans Assistance Commission is open Monday through Friday at Lovell, Bldg. 133, Rm 112 and at their Waukegan Office located at 20 S. Martin Luther King Ave from 8am-4pm.  Office hours on Saturday in Wauconda at the American Legion are by appointment only. Please call 847-377-3344 for an appointment or information.

SWALCO Household Chemical Waste Events
On Saturday, August 13th and Monday, August 22nd you can make an appointment for one of these events at the SWALCO facility located at 1311 N. Estes Street in Gurnee. Collections are for residential waste only. Click here to schedule an appointment. Items you can bring to a collection include: CFL bulbs, unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines and supplements (people and pets), household cleaners, gasoline, garden chemicals, pesticides, oil-based paints and varnishes, etc.

NCICG Announce Grant Opportunities:
North Central Illinois Council of Governments recently announced two grant opportunities:
Spirit of Blue Foundation Safety Equipment and Training Grants
The Spirit of Blue Foundation is dedicated to protecting law enforcement agencies on all levels by ensuring access to equipment and training.  By working with corporate sponsors, the foundation has provided grants that have served a variety of law enforcement needs including, but not limited to trauma kits, ballistic vests and helmets, the purchase of a new K9, and dialogue training to aid officers in interacting with minority youth.  For more information about the foundation and this grant, please visit their website.

Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects Grant
The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting grant applications to fund collaborative projects between non-profit cultural organizations and local governments. The projects must address community priorities such as public safety, health, blight and vacancy, environment, job creation, equity, local business development, civic participation, and/or community cohesion. Projects may include arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects. The goal of the grant program is to improve the livability of communities through creative placemaking. Local governments and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for up to $200,000 in funding. For more information, click here.