Awards and Grants – 2016


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Nicasa has been dedicated to the individuals and families it serves and its commitment to providing high quality behavioral health services has been recognized with a number of grants and awards in the last several months.

William C. Bannerman Foundation Grant

This $17,500 grant provides operational support for Nicasa’s adolescent substance abuse and mental health counseling services. This foundation is a long-time supporter of Nicasa’s behavioral health services.

AT&T Aspire Grant

This $15,000 grant will allow Nicasa to expand its employment assistance and vocational counseling services that are provided to clients that received behavioral health services.

Outstanding Community Supporter of the Year Award from Zion Coalition for Healthy Communities 

Teen Court Program Coordinator, Nanci Radford, was presented with the award by the Coalition at their July monthly meeting. The award was given in recognition of the value of the Teen Court program for both the offender participants and the volunteer jurors.

Lake County Community Foundation Grant

This $22,500 will allow Nicasa to implement intensive case management of opioid-dependent clients and their families.  At a time when the rate of heroin overdose and death is higher than ever, Nicasa is dedicated to ensuring that these individuals have all the support needed to stay on the right track.  A Nicasa counselor will keep a close eye on these individuals and their treatment progress to ensure that all barriers to recovery are overcome and that the individual is provided with every resource needed to achieve and maintain abstinence.

Walmart State Giving Fund Grant

This $40,000 grant will allow Nicasa to enrich its behavioral health and after school programming with nutritional education and counseling.  Nicasa will hire a nutritionist to develop and teach a healthy shopping and healthy eating curriculum to both adolescents and adults.

Excellence in Service Award from the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County

CEO Bruce Johnson was presented with this award at the Healthcare Foundation’s 10th Anniversary celebration.  The award was given in recognition of Nicasa’s efforts to improve the health of undeserved residents of Lake County. Nicasa has received a number of grants from the foundation in recent years to pilot mental health services and build fundraising capacity.

Leadership Development Scholarship from the Allstate Foundation

CEO Bruce Johnson was selected and awarded a scholarship to participate in the Allstate Foundation Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program’s Class of 2017. The Greater Good brings together emerging nonprofit leaders from across the country to engage in a unique leadership development program designed to transform their organizations, their communities, and the nonprofit sector as a whole. To date, 40 nonprofit leaders from the Classes of 2015 and 2016 have benefited from Greater Good’s robust programming and used it to develop their organizations and the teams they lead. Throughout this year-long program, leaders experience four in-person academic sessions led by Kellogg faculty, complemented by one-on-one executive coaching and individual development opportunities.



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