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Story County Community Foundation announces grants

Two Nevada nonprofits and one Colo nonprofit are among the recipients of this years Community Grant awards through the Story County Community Foundation (SCCF).

The Nevada Community Resource Center will receive $3,066 for furniture in the new homework area; the Nevada Public Library will receive $3,000 for furniture in the new teen space.

The Colo Public Library will receive $3,000 for early learning computer stations.

At a ceremony held this month at Reiman Gardens, 17 nonprofit organizations received nearly $100,000 in grant funds through the SCCF, a vehicle for charitable giving that benefits Story County.

Grants ranged from $2,500 to $25,000 and went to organizations in seven communities. Nine grants went to organizations with countywide missions.

Judy Jones, chair of the SCCF allocations committee, said 52 applications were submitted, for a total request of nearly $350,000.

This was the first year for a named grant to be awarded. The Suzan Shierholz Grant honors Shierholz as she leaves the SCCF board after nine years of service. Shierholz was founding president of the board, and as a volunteer, took on many responsibilities for SCCF management, donor service and the community grant program.

The Suzan Shierholz Grant will be awarded annually to a project that supports improvements in the lives of children. This year’s award went to the Emergency Management Residence Project, which provides housing for homeless families and individuals.

The money for the community grants is provided primarily by the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Fund. SCCF is the state’s designated administrator for the Story County funds.

In addition to the Nevada and Colo awards, the following awards were given:

Primary Health Care: $25,000 to remodel space for Story County community health center serving vulnerable populations.

Ames Breakfast Lions Club: $6,000 for preschool vision screening equipment.

Ames Community Preschool Center: $6,000 for commercial dishwasher for new center.

Emergency Residence Project: $6,000 for homeless prevention assistance.

Friends of the Collins Public Library: $2,500 for educational technology for the new children’s learning center.

Gilbert Lutheran Church: $3,000 for Backpack Buddy program providing weekend food to hungry children.

Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, Inc.: $6,000 for office relocation for better client access and cost reduction.

KHOI-FM Community Radio: $6,000 for master control system for broadcasting.

Maxwell Fire and Rescue: $6,000 for firefighting equipment upgrade to meet Iowa standards.

Raising Readers in Story County: $6,000 for educational technology for new community learning center.

Reiman Gardens, $3,450 for children’s play and learn zones.

Roland Park Board: $6,000 for new building for concessions, restrooms and storage.

Story City Antique Carousel: $3,000 for fascia renovation for carousel pavilion.

2013 Youth Set Aside: unspecified amount for high school students to experience philanthropy and award community grants.

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