Eighteen different grants, for a total of $110,023, were awarded by Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) to Story County charitable projects at a November ceremony at Reiman Gardens.


Since its beginning in 2005, SCCF has awarded over $1.1 million in grants throughout Story County.


This year, 12 grants, for a total of over $74,000, went to projects with countywide impact. Nearly $36,000 went to six projects that will impact individual Story County communities. The All-Inclusive Playground & Miracle Field received the major grant of $25,000 for the rhapsody music line.


Becky Senti, chair of the SCCF allocations committee, indicated 44 grant applications were submitted, for requests totaling nearly $244,000.


One grant is named in honor of Suzan Shierholz, who was founding president of SCCF. This grant supports improvement in the lives of children and their families and was made for the first time in 2013. This year’s Shierholz grant went to YSS, a local nonprofit agency that provides prevention/education, treatment and transitional services and programming to children, youth, and families in Central Iowa.


Both local donors and the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Fund provide the support for the grants.


Story County Community Foundation—2017 Grants


The Story County Community Foundation facilitates and promotes private giving through the establishment of endowments, acts as a resource for nonprofit endowment building, and awards grants for the betterment of Story County. Philanthropic funds under the SCCF umbrella are created by individuals, families, nonprofit agencies and organizations. Most funds are endowed, i.e., they exist in perpetuity and grow continuously to support today’s needs and those of the future. Since its inception in 2005, the foundation has awarded over $1.1 million in grants that benefit Story County. SCCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.


Inclusive Playground & Miracle Field: $25,000, Rhapsody music line for all-inclusive playground


All Aboard for Kids: $2,000, Expanded summer enrichment program for children with autism spectrum disorder


Ames Alano Society: $6,000, Interior lighting upgrade


Ames Historical Society: $6,000, Fly With Banning traveling exhibition


Ballard Sharks Swim Club: $3,788, Competitive swim starting blocks


Cambridge Memorial Library: $4,072, Technology upgrade


City of Maxwell: $6,000, Concrete pad installation for Maxwell Park pavilion


City of Zearing: $6,000, Veterans Memorial Ballfield concession improvements


Food at First: $6,000, Kitchen equipment replacement


Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa: $5,742, GoldieBlox STEM curricula


Healthiest Ames: $4,078, Home-based exercise program for older adults


Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind & Print Handicapped (IRIS): $2,843, Upgraded technology for read aloud services


Lutheran Services in Iowa: $6,000, New endurance beds for Beloit Center


Overflow Thrift Store:$6,000, Recycling and giving program setup


Prairie Rivers of Iowa: $2,500, Road signs for watershed education


Story County Dental Clinic: $6,000, Ultrasonic dental tools


Westory Fire Agency: $6,000, Kelley volunteer firefighting gear


YSS: 6,000 Recipient of the Suzan Shierholz Award, Community-based mentoring for high-risk youth