GPCF Announces 2017 Community Fund, Alliance Grant Recipients

The Greater Poweshiek Community Foundation and the Poweshiek County Alliance have announced 2017 grant recipients for improvement projects throughout Poweshiek County. Grant priorities include cultural, educational, historical, community and county development, and recreational projects, as well as projects that enhance the safety, beauty, and economic vitality of the county.

Funding for the grants comes from two sources: the Poweshiek County Alliance fund and the Community Fund for Poweshiek County. The former is an endowed fund created from an annual allocation per county from state gambling revenues. The program has granted more than a million dollars in grants across Poweshiek County since it began eleven years ago. The Community Fund makes an annual disbursement from the endowed community fund…which is made possible by contributions from individual donors…and has granted $29,000 since it began eight years ago. A total of $106,000 was awarded to Poweshiek County organizations and projects. More than $200,000 in requests were made.

The 2017 grant recipients include: $6,300 to the City of Malcom to replace the park shelter… $5,000 to the Deep River Fire Department to purchase a thermal imaging camera…$3,500 to Imagine Grinnell for a Summer Street Park playscape water pump…and $3,500 to the Tiger Packs backpack program to provide peanut butter in weekly packages.

Here is the complete list of grant recipients:

American Legion Morrison Schrader Post 296: $3,575 for new facility updates

BGM Consolidated School District: $700 for Hall of Pride; $2,500 for Bear Bags (food back pack) Program; $5,000 for iPads in elementary classrooms; $1,200 for Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) to purchase kayaks for outdoor program

Capstone Behavioral Healthcare: $4,000 for behavioral healthcare outreach and public awareness efforts

City of Hartwick: $2,500 for city hall and city park sidewalks

City of Malcom: $6,300 for park shelter replacement

City of Montezuma: $3,721 to replace the HVAC system at the Memorial Hall

Crazy Cut Up Quilters: $1,009 for charity quilts

Deep River Community Center Committee: $3,500 for additional paving at the Deep River Community Center

Deep River Fire Department: $5,000 to purchase a thermal imaging camera

Searsboro Manor: $1,000 to remodel two units

First Presbyterian Evangelical Church: $4,000 for new carpet for the Family Center

Genesis Development: $3,884 for residents’ safety program

Grinnell Area Arts Council: $300 for Broad Street studios

Grinnell Saddle Club: $300 for picnic tables

Grinnell Skate and BMX project: $1,000 for an “A Frame” combination feature at the Skate Park

Guernsey Improvement Committee: $8,500 for concrete for the final phase of the trail improvement

Hartwick Fire Department: $4,509 for pager updates and bunker gear

HLV Community School District: $1,500 for a student STEM project

HLV Parents Helping Teachers: $5,000 for the HLV school playground project

Imagine Grinnell: $3,500 Summer Street Park play scape water pump

Landes Park rehab: $5,000 new structure at the community park

Malcom Fire Department: $900 for an improved fire department communication system

Malcom United Methodist Church: $2,000 for the Malcom food pantry

Mid-Iowa Community Action: $1,000 for slow cookers for families served

Montezuma Community School District: $1,340 for STEM clubs for elementary students

Montezuma Fire Department: $5,012 for helmet and boot replacement

Montezuma Ministerial Association: $1,700 to purchase presents and food for families in need

Northeast Iowa Food Bank: $1,500 for mobile food bank; $1,500 for backpack program in Montezuma and BGM school districts

Poweshiek County Conservation: $1,500 for birding science program for youth

Poweshiek County Extension: $700 for capital improvements to the office/training space; $1,000 for Babysitting Basics program

Poweshiek County Fair Foundation: $3,500 for show ring and livestock building roof replacement

Poweshiek County Historical and Genealogical Society: $2,500 for new equipment

Tiger Packs backpack program: $3,500 to provide peanut butter in weekly packages

Town of Searsboro: $1,750 to build an oak trophy case and new lighting at the community center