Grant Recipients


The Dads Association at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently announced the recipients of the 2020 Dads Association Grant Winners. The recipients were:

  • University of Illinois Police Department - $1,931 awarded for the purchase of a new bicycle so that the department can increase its bicycle patrols.
  • MakerGirl - $2,000 awarded to help fund the MakerGirl Academy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which works with elementary school girls in Champaign County to teach them about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math using 3D printing technology.
  • Jubilee Cafe CUCC - $2,000 awarded to support serving meals to food insecure students from the University of Illinois, people from Community United Church of Christ (their host space), and community members who do not have a permanent address.
  • Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organization - $2,000 awarded for its continuing efforts to provide pro-bono consulting services to nonprofits while developing the professional skills of its members.
  • Illini Media - $2,000 awarded to help rebuild the WPGU radio studio, which was recently devastated by a flood.
  • Illinois XC Club- $1,000 awarded to continue creating and fostering a competitive and friendly environment that gives runners as many opportunities as possible to improve as runners and grow as individuals.
  • Colleges Against Cancer - $1,500 awarded for its continuing efforts to fight cancer, including cancer education, advocacy, survivor and caregiver engagement, and the Relay For Life.
  • Engineers in Action Bridge Program - $1,000 awarded to help design and build a bridge in either Bolivia or Eswatini, which will build opportunity and empower these rurally isolated communities who cannot safely access markets and public facilities due to an impassable river.
  • Acts Campus Ministry at UIUS - $1,000 awarded to provide alternative social programming to create community on campus and among ministry membership, providing a space for clean fun for students who aren't interested in the typical campus party environment.

WPGU 107.1 suffered from a terrible flood last semester, which caused us to go off the air for two days, and getting equipment that we owned damaged. The Dads Association stepped in and sent us a $2,000 check to rebuild our studio. Thanks to the Illini Dads we are still able to operate and continue providing the best alternative music in town and to run one of the few student-run commercial radio stations in the United States. All of us at WPGU are extremely thankful!