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John M. Scott Trust Shifts Focus For Funding


On May 14, 2018, the Bloomington City Council, trustees of the John M. Scott Trust, voted to approve the recommendations of the John Scott Health Care Commission to dissolve the relationship with the City Township and began the transition to use the John M. Scott Trust fund as a grants only program. The City recognizes the dedicated Township staff and loyal volunteers that have served the public on behalf of the Trust.  Under the new structure, grants will be awarded to community entities serving the healthcare needs of vulnerable McLean County residents.. 

The City of Bloomington’s Community Development Department will assume administrative oversight and will work with the John Scott Health Care Commission to develop processes for the new format. The eleven member Commission will establish the grant application process, and later this year, will notify community agencies eligible to apply for funds. The Bloomington City Council will continue as trustees with final decision making power. The goal is to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness in meeting the healthcare needs of the target population.

The Scott Commission is made up of medical providers and individuals with financial and grant expertise. All are committed to ensuring Judge Scott’s legacy provides assistance to those he intended to serve. 


Grants-only Program

The John Scott Health Care Commission is working diligently to update the grant application process for agencies providing health care.  Check back for more details regarding application availability. 

 John M. Scott Health Care Trust Grant Program Policy Procedures


John M. Scott, Former Chief Justice, Illinois Supreme Court

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Judge John M. Scott was a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court in the 1880s. He was a resident of McLean County and was head of the McLean County Historical Society in 1892. He directed his estate to be partially used to assure health care for persons unable to afford it themselves.

In 1981, the City of Bloomington became Trustees to $5.4 million designated for a Health Resources Center. A commission, consisting of representatives from local hospitals, nurses, physicians, dentists, optometrists, the Health Department, the Township, Second Presbyterian Church, United Way, and Community Action Inc., was appointed by the Trustees.

Funding for all programs and services comes from investment revenue.