The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 27 different nonprofit organizations throughout Muscatine and Louisa Counties during our 2019 Spring Grant Awards Ceremony.
First National Bank hosted the event in the Walnut Room.
“The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is starting our 20th year of service with a great group of people doing great things for our community,” Kelly Rushford, Manager of Programs and Services for the Community Foundation says. “We are excited to be able to present these grants to our community and look forward to the continued positive momentum for Muscatine and Louisa Counties for many years to come.”
Organizations who received grants are:
Muscatine Fire Department for LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator
Fruitland Volunteer Fire Department for Two Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Replacements
Friends of the Columbus Junction Public Library for Medical Reference and Access Program
United Way of Muscatine for Summer Food Service Program Coordinators
Family Resources, Inc. for Supporting the Needs of Those Affected by Trauma
WeLead for Regional Learning and Cultural Center Emergency Support
River Bend Food Bank for Mobile Food Pantry Programs
Muscatine County Conservation Board for ICCS Fall Conference
Jubilee Committee with Trinity Episcopal Church for Laundry Love Muscatine
Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) for their Men’s Emergency Shelter Bathroom
Iowa College Access Network for Muscatine County FAFSA Completion
Special Olympics for State Summer Games
Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre for Summer Neighborhood Tour
Friends of Historic Muscatine County Jail for Restoration Plans
Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) for Creating a Future Ready Workforce in Muscatine
Lutheran Services in Iowa for Behavioral Health Intervention Services for Children 4-18
Muscatine County Ag Extension District for Muscatine County Extension Community Meeting Room IT Update
The Diversity Service Center of Iowa for Educational Outreach Program-CLINIC Membership
Friends of Pine Creek Grist Mill for Historical Interpretation at Pine Creek Grist Mill for 2019
Muscatine Orchestra Boosters for 2019 Middle School Orchestra Camp
Grace Lutheran Church Ministry of Literacy for Literacy Program
Child Abuse Council for Hygiene Project
STEM Matters – Robots & More for “The Muskie Way” Attendance Robot
Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency for Sunset Park Summer Education Enrichment Program
Muscatine Community YMCA for Curriculum Updates and Training
Citizenship Initiative Project Fund for West Liberty’s Citizenship Program
Muscatine Symphony Orchestra for 2019-2020 Holiday Concert Series
Grants were funded from five identified areas of focus:
Muscatine Health Support Granting Fund – Grants were given by the Muscatine Health Support Granting Fund in efforts to support Muscatine and its surrounding area’s healthcare systems. After 33 years and $5,000,000 in grants, the Muscatine Health Support Foundation chose to partner with the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine in 2018 to continue with its community health focus.
Muscatine County Endowment Regranting Program – The Community Foundation’s Muscatine County Endowment Regranting Program is funded through the Iowa Department of Economic Development and made available to distribute only by accredited, qualified community foundations like the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. Grant funds were awarded to high impact charitable activities.
The Hilda E. Collitz Field of Interest Funds – Grant funds were distributed to agency-focused efforts around the prevention of homelessness.
The Ray Hockersmith Endowment – Grants funds were awarded for the benefit of blind, vision impaired or disabled children.
The George Millet Endowment – Grants funds were directed at the betterment of those with mental disabilities.
“It is an exciting time in Muscatine and the surrounding areas, as we work together to inspire the future of our neighbors and their children, especially during our 20th year of serving Muscatine County and the surrounding area. We are excited to be a part of these innovative ideas and collaborative efforts, making a significant impact on our community,” added Charla Schafer, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.