Grants

HOMER TOWNSHIP HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER

SPECIAL NEEDS

GRANT 


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HTHC Special Needs GRANT (3)
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WHAT IS THE HTHC SPECIAL NEEDS GRANT? 

The Homer Township Highway Commissioner and the Village of Homer Glen’s Ability Awareness Committee have established the Special Needs Grant to assist adults with special needs to further their training and/or education. The intent is to maximize their employment, independence, and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.  

The 2022 grant program will award the five finalists with the following:     

  •  1st place:      $5,000 grant 
  •  2nd place:     $1,000 grant 
  •  3rd place:     Gift in the amount of $300
  •  4th place:      Gift in the amount of $200
  •  5th place:     Gift in the amount of $100

 ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: 

  • Must be a resident of Homer Township.
    Proof of residency will be required
  • Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of nomination.
    Birth Certificate will be required (can be obtained from County Clerk’s office). 
  • Must provide two letters of recommendation, one professional (from employer, teacher or admin of local HS or other academic institution) and one personal (not from a relative).
  • Must provide proof of Special Needs Diagnosis
    Nominees must submit a copy of the medical documentation that established their special needs diagnosis conducted by a licensed medical professional.
  • Must provide proof of financial hardship.
    Please submit 2020 IRS tax return showing household income. 
  • Relatives of Homer Township, Homer Road District or Village of Homer Glen elected officials are not eligible to be nominated. 

NOMINATION PROCESS:  

To nominate someone for the grant please complete the online nomination form (link below), which includes an essay submission. 

Essay Questions: Nominator must respond to the following questions in 500 words or less.

    • Select three words that best describes the nominee and provide evidence and examples of these qualities.
    • Explain nominee's specific learning disability, how it has challenged them, and specific strategies they have used to cope. 
    • Discuss nominee's accomplishments (i.e. extra-curricular activities, community service, and work accomplishments). 
    • What career do they hope to pursue? 
    • How would this grant benefit them, and why do you think they should be selected to receive it?

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE NOMINATION FORM 

SELECTION PROCESS:  

The Ability Awareness Committee will review all eligible nominees and provide points for each candidate on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest, in the following categories:

  • Need for Grant based on their financial needs
  • Need for Grant based on why they feel they should receive it 
  • Past accomplishments and how the grant will help improve their future
  • Community involvement – past and future
  • Career Goals

Subsequent to scoring by the Ability Awareness Committee, The Homer Township Highway Commissioner, Brent Porfilio, will review the scores and take them into consideration when selecting the 5 finalists and overall winner.

TIMELINE:
December 1, 2021: Nomination Window Opens
February 28, 2022: Nomination Window closes at Midnight
March 4, 2022: Finalists will be notified
March 2022 (exact date TBD): Awards Banquet


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Q. Who is sponsoring the HTHC Special Grant Program?  
A.  The Homer Township Highway Commissioner and The Village of Homer Glen Ability Awareness Committee. 

Q. What inspired the creation of this program?
A. The Homer Township Highway Commissioner has an adult son with Special Needs, and throughout his son’s adult years after the age of 22 there have been numerous financial challenges in getting a job, including training and certifications. This Grant is a way to help other Special Needs adults overcome these same financial challenges on their way to becoming independent and gaining lifetime employment.

Q. What will HTHC Special Needs Grant winners receive?
A.  The 2022 grant will award the five finalists with the following:     

  • 1st place:       $5,000 grant 
  • 2nd place:      $1,000 grant 
  • 3rd place:      Gift in the amount of $300
  • 4th place:      Gift in the amount of $200
  • 5th place:      Gift in the amount of $100

Q. Who is administering the grant program?
A.  The Homer Township Highway Commissioner and The Village of Homer Glen Ability Awareness Committee. 

Q. Who can be nominated and how must nominations be submitted?
A. Anyone can be nominated, as long as the candidate meets the eligibility criteria. Nominees are to be submitted online using the link: Grant Application.

Q. What constitutes a “special need” for purpose of this award?
A.  For the purpose of this award, "special need" is defined as an individual with an Intellectual disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.

Q. What criteria will be used to judge nominations?
A.  The following criteria will be used to judge nominees:  

  • Need for Grant based on their financial needs
  • Need for Grant based on why they feel they should receive it 
  • Past accomplishments and how the grant will help improve their future
  • Community involvement – past and future
  • Career Goals

Q. Who will serve as judges?
A.  The Homer Township Highway Commission and members of the Village of Homer Glen Ability Awareness Committee

Q. Who do I contact if I have a question and how?
A. Stacy Patrianakos, spatrianakos@homerglenil.org or 708.301.0632.      

Q. Will I receive an acknowledgement when my nomination has been received?
A.  After a nomination is submitted through the online grant application portal, a confirmation that the submission was received will automatically be displayed on the screen. There will be no other further communication from the nomination committee, unless your submission has been chosen as an award recipient.

Q. How will the finalists be notified?
A.  The 5 Finalists will be notified via the email submitted with the application. Finalists are invited to attend an awards banquet, to be held in March 2022, where the award amounts will be revealed.