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Story County Community Foundation 2021 Grant Award Recipients

Story County Community Foundation Awards $131,957 to local organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Story County Community Foundation Awards $131,957 to local organizations

The Story County Community Foundation has awarded $131,957 in grants to 17 Story County nonprofit organizations. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the formal awards reception has been cancelled. “Our grantmaking committee reviewed 41 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. Although we could not fund all applicants, we were fortunate to have additional funding this year to support more proposals submitted for consideration,” said Liz Zuercher, Executive Director of the Story County Community Foundation. With the additional funding the Community Foundation awarded three Major Community Grant projects. The Foundation had eighteen Major Grants Letters of Intent submitted, equaling over $411,000.

The Committee chose three applicants to submit full applications.

Among the awards was a $25,000 Major Grant to the Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation for their Third Way Project, The Bridge Home for their 911-Drop-In Shelter, $25,000 and the Nevada Foundation for the Indoor Children’s Playground at the new Nevada Fieldhouse, $25,000.

Major Grant Awards Descriptions

Mary Greeley Medical Center Foundation – Third Way Project The Third Way Project is a collaboration among several agencies in Ames where the goal is to provide an alternative service for individuals who utilize the 911 system as a primary means for initiating help during times of mental health crisis, homelessness and other non-emergent times of need. An initial priority for the project is the purchase of a suitable response vehicle, with modifications for basic equipment.

The Bridge Home – 911 Drop-in Shelter On site at The Bridge Home, we currently have a space that could be converted for use as a drop-in center. This space, an apartment at our duplex adjacent to the main shelter, could be upgraded with a second shower/bathroom, new flooring, and other structural modifications to allow for maximum use of space. We need to acquire beds and bedding, food storage, preparation and serving equipment, an AED, a security system, and technology equipment. SCCF funds would be used to help renovate an apartment on our campus into a drop-in shelter and to purchase major items required for operations. We would add a second shower/bathroom, new flooring, and make minor structural modifications. We need to acquire beds and bedding, desks, an AED, security system, and computer equipment.

Nevada Fieldhouse Project – Indoor Play Area The Nevada Fieldhouse will be an approximate 40,000 square foot facility on the main floor with another 16,000 square feet on the second floor that will be the most attractive indoor recreation facility in Story County. The Fieldhouse will be a multi-functional, multi-purpose, and used for multi-generational activities and events. A key component to the indoor facility is the indoor playground. While the basketball courts and turf will get a tremendous amount of use from various ages, the addition of the indoor playground surrounded by glass will allow families to be at the facility and keep all the kids within eyeshot and allow them to be a part of the “SCORE Indoor” experience.

Of the 38 Community Grants submitted, 14 were funded. “The committee would have liked to fund all 38 grant applications, but unfortunately our funding was limited,” said Zuercher. “We are proud to support these nonprofit programs that are so vital to the community,” she said.

Below are the Community Grants that were funded:

Arts and Culture: • Ballard Community Performing Arts – portable music stands.

Community Betterment: • Boy Scouts of America – Wilson Pond Addition in Nevada

• City of Gilbert – Upland Trail Education:

• Threshold Learning Center – Renovation of the barn to expand learning opportunities.

• Arc of Story County – Project SEARCH

• Raising Readers – 500 Days: Smart Start for Story County Babies. This program was also chosen to receive the Suzy Shierholz Award. This award recognizes grant funded programs that support a better life for children. This includes providing shelter, food or education for children and their families.

• Big and Small Tortoise Rescue and Sanctuary – Community Biology Educational Program

• All Aboard Kids – High Needs Classroom – for children with developmental disabilities. Health and Wellness:

• ChildServe – Development of Children’s Mental Health Services Human Services:

• Food at First – Energy Efficient and Increased Capacity Equipment

• Harmony Clothing Closet – MAKEOVER Project

• Friendship Ark – Handicap Accessibility Improvement Project

• Food Bank of Iowa – Fighting Childhood Hunger in Story County

• Community and Family Resources – Document Translation Project

# # # 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 $ 1.5 million in competitive grants over its 16-year history. 

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