Grant awards have great impact on Story County community
The Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) awarded 19 grants to Story County nonprofit organizations at a Nov. 5 ceremony at Reiman Gardens on the Iowa State University campus.
A total of $108,994 was awarded. Fourteen grants for a total of nearly $73,000 went to projects with county-wide impact. Another $36,000 went to five projects that will impact individual Story County communities. A major grant of $25,000 went to Story County Conservation for a Discovery Nature Playscape at McFarland Park.
Judy Jones and Becky Senti, co-chairs of the SCCF allocations committee, indicated 36 grant applications were submitted for requests totaling nearly $253,500.
The Suzan Shierholz Grant went to Raising Readers in Story County, who seek to improve language and literacy development in children from birth to age 8 and nurture healthy parent-child relationships. This grant is named in honor of Suzan Shierholz who was founding president of the SCCF board.
The money for the community grants is provided by the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Fund Program and local donors. SCCF is the state’s designated administrator for the Story County portion of the county endowment fund.
Story County Conservation —$25,000, Discovery Nature Playscape at McFarland Park
Cambridge Fire Department—$6,000, Wildland fire & EMS rescue equipment
Children & Families of Iowa—$2,665, Technology upgrade for in-home counseling
Colo Public Library—$1,000, New coffee corner
Gilbert-Franklin Township Fire & Rescue—$5,928, Swift water rescue equipment
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa—$1,106, Youth leadership training materials
Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA)—$6,000, Security cameras for buses
Heartland Senior Services of Story County—$6,000, Equipment for congregate meal sites & home delivered meals
Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind & Print Handicapped (IRIS)—$2,235, Read aloud services
Lutheran Services in Iowa—$6,000, New beds for Beloit Center
Mainstream Living—$6,000, Home accessibility improvements
Octagon Center for the Arts—$4,860, Gallery display equipment & exterior sign
Opera Iowa—$1,000, Opera Iowa in Ames schools
Primary Health Care—$6,000, Education tools for improved health
Raising Readers in Story County—$6,000, Recipient of the Suzan Shierholz Award, Early literacy development for communities & families
Story County Dental Clinic—$6,000 New dental chair
Story County Medical Center—$6,000, Generator for Zearing Medical Clinic
The Arc of Story County—$6,000, Employment training for individuals with disabilities
Youth & Shelter Services—$5,200, Furniture for Seven-12 House