Enhance Henry County Community Foundation announces grant winners
The Enhance Henry County Community Foundation has awarded $108,500 to 19 county organizations. An estimated 20,000 people will benefit from the ninth round of grants to be made by the Enhance Henry County Community Foundation.
The 19 grants were announced at a special celebration and media advisory event held at the International Room of the Library at Iowa Wesleyan College on Dec. 17, beginning at 11 a.m. The event was open to the public, all grant recipients, public officials from throughout the county and community leaders.
This was the ninth time that the Enhance Henry County Community Foundation has engaged in grantmaking. The foundation applied for and received funds from the County Endowment Fund legislation.
“Our foundation received a total of $132,327.46. Twenty five percent of this was restricted to permanent endowment and 75 percent was required to be released through local competitive grantmaking. In addition, we took $13,656.00 from our endowment earnings and granted them as well,” said Robert Meyer, Foundation President.
“We received grant applications totaling $214,860.86,” he added. “We only wish that we had more resources at the foundation because we know there are many needs and worthy projects throughout the county.”
The Enhance Henry County Community Foundation was organized by representatives from throughout Henry County.
“Our mission involves helping the communities and non-profit organizations of the county,” said Meyer. “We want to partner with communities and non-profit organizations to help them with programs and projects that might otherwise not be available to the individuals, families and visitors to our county.”
As an affiliate foundation, the Enhance Henry County Community Foundation can assist donors who wish to make outright and testamentary gifts of support to our foundation or other charitable organizations in the county.
“It’s even possible for local charitable organizations to establish their own funds and benefit from special tax credits and the professional expertise and investment management we help provide,” said Meyer.
Further information about Enhance Henry County Community Foundation is available by contacting Lora Roth at 319-385-8728.
Four organizations requested the full $25,000 maximum grant from the foundation — Main Street Mt. Pleasant, for Union Block revitalization project; Donald M. Wasson VFW Post 7641, for a Veteran’s Memorial Park; Wayland Housing Corporation, for new roofs; and Iowa Wesleyan College, residence hall renovation. Of the four maximum requests, only Main Street Mt. Pleasant received the full amount requested.
Other organizations receiving grants were:
City of Winfield, $9,000, sand volleyball park.
Healthy Henry County Communities, $4,000, obesity prevention.
Mt. Pleasant Park and Recreation, $2,500, replacing Ash Trees.
The REC Center, $3,000, locker room remodel.
Midwest Old Threshers, $4,000, Log Village firehouse replacement.
American Legion Bobby Tribby Post 58, $5,000, sprinkler system.
The Fellowship Cup, $3,000, RSVP medical transportation.
Wayland Economic Development, $1,500, fitness center cross trainer.
Mt. Pleasant Music Boosters, $2,500, choral/band risers.
Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, $1,000, guest artist-in-residence.
WACO community School District, $2,500, infant simulators and material.
Mt. Pleasant Christian School, $4,000, playground equipment.
Swedish Heritage Society, $2,000, entrance redesign.
Little League Baseball, Inc., $5,000, Mt. Pleasant field restoration.
Old Threshers Foundation, $3,000, Festival of Lights.