Keep Iowa Beautiful and Iowa tool manufacturer Yeoman & Company have announced the awards for the Yo-Ho Tools for a More Beautiful Iowa grant program. This is the first year of the program for community groups and organizations to receive grants of up to $200 in Yo-Ho quality tools to assist volunteers in clean-up and beautification projects in their communities.

In Nevada, the Central Elementary School’s Noah’s Garden will receive a grant of $200. Garden tools purchased with the grant funds will be used by students and teachers of Central Elementary in this student-led service-learning garden.

Noah’s Garden involves 325 students, 14 classroom teachers and the students’ families. The students plan, plant, tend, harvest, use and donate the produce raised in the garden from March through October. Several classes are currently conducting mathematical investigations as to how many of each tool needed may be purchased with the available funds. Mike Potter, of Farm and Home in Nevada, will deliver the needed Yo-Ho tools to students.

"Gov. Branstad has declared April as Keep Iowa Beautiful month and we are pleased to make these Yo-Ho Tools awards to 15 community projects," said Tom Yeoman, president and CEO of Monticello-based Yeoman & Company. "Our partnership with Keep Iowa Beautiful will help improve the economic vitality and cultural climate of our Iowa communities."

"This partnership with Yo-Ho Tools shows the interest Iowa companies have in supporting KIB’s efforts to build stronger communities and a cleaner, more beautiful, state," said Gerry Schnepf, executive director of KIB. "More information and how to apply can be found at; the deadline for the next round of applications is March 13, 2015."

Yo-Ho Tools have been manufactured by Yeoman & Company in Monticello for over 85 years. William F. Yeoman founded the company in 1929 and his grandson, Tom Yeoman, now leads the Iowa-based company that manufactures nearly 400 standard and custom quality tools.

Keep Iowa Beautiful was established in 2000, becoming the 23rd state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. It is a 501c3 charitable organization working with Iowa citizens, neighborhoods, communities and regions to improve the quality, beauty and cleanliness of our state. KIB empowers Iowans to have a greater commitment in building pride and respect in the places we live. Please check out our web page at