$20,000 in Grants Awarded

Tuesday, May 03 2011 @ 11:48 AM GMT+5

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded $20,315 in grants to ten Muscatine County nonprofit charitable organizations in an awarding ceremony hosted by First National Bank on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Nine grants were funded through the Community Foundation’s Muscatine’s County Endowment Re-granting Program. Grant monies are funded through the Iowa Department of Economic Development and made available only to accredited, qualified community foundations like the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. The Community Foundation wishes to thank Musco Sports Lighting as our Keystone Partner in Philanthropy for sponsoring our work in the Re-granting program.

Award recipients gather around the "big check" held by Community Foundation Board members Barbara Sabbath, Tim Nelson and Keith Porter.

Those receiving grants were:

• Flickinger Learning Center and Leadership Muscatine - $4,000 to renovate downstairs to expand space for learning and recreational activities
• Montpelier Volunteer Fire Dept.- $3,875 to provide smoke detectors to area homeowners and “File of Life” packets to at-risk residents
• Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa - $3,500 for Anti-Bullying Program Series for Muscatine County Underserved Girls-Grades K-5
• City of Muscatine Parks & Recreation - $3,500 for the renovation of Weed Park Rose Garden
• Muscatine Chamber of Commerce Foundation - $1,400 for publicity for PatriArt Week and Civil War reenactment
• Senior Resources- $1,000 to provide gas cards to assist volunteer drivers
• Young Professionals Network- $1,000 to support YPN’s participation in the Revelry by the River music festival at PatriArt Week
• Great River Tennis Association - $1,000 for equipment purchases for youth
• Muscatine Volunteer Solutions and United Way of Muscatine - $540 to purchase software to create an online volunteer center that will connect to other Iowa centers

The George Millett Endowment Fund benefits mental illnesses and/or developmentally disabled residents of Muscatine County helping to assist them with benefits they would not otherwise have. One grant was awarded from the Millett Fund for $500 for assistive equipment for a student with cognitive learning disorder.

The Granting Committee of the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is comprised of board representatives and community members who review and evaluate grant applications and make recommendations to the board of directors. The Community Foundation is a community-wide, county-wide charitable organization actively working to improve the quality of life in Muscatine County through philanthropy.

All Partners in Philanthropy help fund the programs, services and operations of the Community Foundation.

For more information about applying for grants or establishing your own fund for granting purposes, call Judi Holdorf at 563-264-3863 or visit our website at www.communityfoundation.org. The next grant deadline is Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at noon.

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