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Story County Community Foundation Awards $82,743 to Local Organizations

December 7, 2020

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The Story County Community Foundation has awarded $82,743 in grants to 13 Story County nonprofit organizations.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the formal awards reception has been cancelled.

“Our grantmaking committee reviewed 32 funding requests this year from nonprofit organizations serving Story County. Selecting grant recipients from an outstanding and varied group of applicants is always a challenging task, and the Covid-19 pandemic impacted funding and our ability to support all the great proposals submitted for consideration,” said Liz Zuercher, Executive Director of the Story County Community Foundation.  

Among the awards was a $25,000 Major Grant to the City of Roland to assist with renovation of the Erikson Park Shelter House.

The Erikson Park Shelter House is an enclosed facility that has historical importance to the community.   The shelter is in dire need of an updates and renovation in order for it to be utilized safely by the community. This project will be done in phases, replace the roof, siding, windows, remodel the interior and add heating and cooling so it can be available in all seasons. The shelter house is in a prime location in the park and the community would like to utilize it more. It would add great value to the community and generate revenue that the park can use for future upgrades.  The total project costs are $57,000.

"On behalf of the Roland Park Board and the City of Roland, we would like to thank the Story County Community Foundation for their graciousness of awarding our City a major grant in the amount of $25,000 to help renovate the historical Erickson Park Shelter House,” said Roland Mayor, Andy Webb.  The Shelter House has served the community for several decades and has been in great need of updates, repairs, and other renovations for quite some time.  The renovation will include new siding, windows, electrical and plumbing updates, and more.  This will allow the community to continue to safely use the facility for various family and group gathering for years to come.  We are thrilled to have the resources now to complete this project."

Arts and Culture:  Ames Town and Gown – Virtual reality concert recording for seniors who are isolated.

ACTORS – Live streaming equipment to accommodate home audiences.

Community Betterment:  Story County Fair Association – Preserving the history for future generations, building fund. 

The Skunk River Paddlers/Outdoor Alliance of Story County – Installation of an ADA compliant, accessible dock at Ada Hayden Heritage Park.

Education: Ames Alano Society – capital improvement project. 

Ames Public Library Friends Foundation – Purchase of 30 WiFi hotspots to increase community access and learning.

Colo Public Library – Purchase Busy Bags which will provide educational, age appropriate books and related STEM toys for toddlers and preschool aged children.

Raising Readers in Story County - The grant funds will be used to purchase diverse books for our Kindergarten through third grade reading program as well as to distribute diverse books throughout the county in the Little Free Libraries. These books will enable struggling readers to experience success with reading while exploring topics that interest them.

Health and Wellness: Story County Sheriff’s Office – Grant funds will assist with the purchase of AED’s for 34 patrol vehicles. 

Mustard Seed Community Farm – Food and supply storage project to decrease waste and increase free food distribution to those in need in Story County.

Human Services: ChildServe – Respite summer programming, toys and supplies.

Legal Aid Society – Technology upgrade project.

For More Information:

The Story County Community Foundation(SCCF), an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, has been created by and for the people of Story County. The Community Foundation’s main goals are to support charitable projects and programs in Story County and to attract additional funds to assist donors in creating lasting legacies through a variety of giving options within Story County.

The SCCF has invested more than $ 1.4 million in competitive grants over its 15-year history.

For more information, contact the Story County Community Foundation at 515.232.9200 or visit 

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