Conservation receives Community Grant from Story County Community Foundation

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal

Story County Conservation Environmental Education Coordinator Jerry Keys accepted a community grant for $25,000 from Jim Black, Story County Community Foundation advisory board member, during a Nov. 5 ceremony in Ames.

Keys said that the grant will be used to purchase elements for a natural playscape at McFarland Park. “Rather than installing a fabricated playground, a natural playscape will challenge children’s creativity with adventurous natural activities and objects,” Keys explained. “The Discovery Nature Playscape at McFarland Park is intended to engage children in free play as they explore the natural world. Different play and learning areas will be created, allowing users to climb, build, dig, gather and explore nature.”

SCCF received a total of 36 applications for 2015 community grants. Story County Conservation was one of 19 applicants selected for the awards. Funding for the community grants is provided by the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Fund Program and local donors. SCCF is the designated administrator for the fund.

The 2016 SCCF community grants cycle will begin early in 2016, when updated information for applicants will be available at www.storycountyfoundation.org. Applications will be due in late September.