POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AWARDS $54,750 IN COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANTS
Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil | firstname.lastname@example.orgJune 5, 2019 - Original Article
The Pottawattamie County Community Foundation has announced its 2020 Community Impact Grants award recipients. In its largest grant funding cycle to-date, the foundation will award 37 grants totaling $54,750 to area nonprofit organizations.
Individual grant awards for this year’s funding cycle range from $500 to $2,500 to be used towards local projects throughout the county.
Pottawattamie County Community Foundation said it witnessed an impressive number of grant proposals during its spring grant cycle, with 60 applications totaling nearly an unprecedented $190,000 in project requests. The granting committee, consisting of board members and county residents, “were truly impressed by the quality and variance of projects throughout the county.”
Although this year’s funding cycle resulted in fewer grant awards, the outcomes translated to more significant individual granting amounts in the $2,000 and $2,500 range — more than the foundation has awarded in years past.
“Our county is fortunate to have so many worthwhile projects happening, particularly during a very difficult time,” said Donna Dostal, president and CEO of Pottawattamie County Community Foundation. “At PCCF, we are excited and honored to support the important work being done by our nonprofit partners and community organizations to help make a true impact and enhance our overall quality of life.”
The majority of PCCF’s grant making is directed by donors who have funds created to directly impact charities located within our community.
Dostal added that individuals and businesses can create their own fund through PCCF as a means to “give back” to our community, and their contributions can receive major tax benefits. New endowment funds and future contributions will receive an additional 10% contribution from PCCF, and an Endow Iowa tax credit of 25% may also be available.
In 2019, PCCF donors and the foundation provided 192 grant awards totaling $539,125.
For information on creating a fund, call the foundation at 712-256-7007 or go to ourpccf.org for more details. PCCF is nationally accredited by the Council on Foundations.
Through PCCF, individuals, families, businesses and organizations can create permanent charitable funds that help their communities meet the challenges of changing times, the organization said. The foundation invests and administers these charitable funds.
Like all community foundations across the United States, PCCF is overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens and run by professionals with expertise in identifying the needs of their community.
Pottawattamie County Community Foundations grants have been announced to the following organizations:
American Midwest Ballet, Season 11 outreach and education | $1,500
Birthright of Council Bluffs, formula vouchers | $1,000
Carson Community Rodeo, Carson Rodeo VIP Booths, Phase 3 | $2,500
Charles E. Lakin Human Services campus, back to school extravaganza | $1,500
Chi Health Mercy Council Bluffs, basic health needs assistance program | $1,500
City of Avoca, Holidays on Main 2020 | $1,000
City of Council Bluffs, Parks and Recreation, Recreation on the Move | $1,000
Phoenix House Family Services, Completely KIDS | $1,000
Council Bluffs Schools Foundation, summer read and feed program | $1,000
Council Bluffs Soccer Club, Soccer for All scholarship program | $500
Crossroads of Western Iowa, Crossroads LINKS Lift | $1,000
First Responders Foundation, First Responders Support Team programming in Pottawattamie County | $2,000
Gibraltar Neighborhood Association, Fairmount Park Trailhead project | $1,000
Golden Hills RC&D, 2020 Southwest Iowa Art Tour | $1,500
Golden Hills RC&D, promoting Pottawattamie County’s Great Outdoors through film | $2,000
Historic General Dodge House, virtual tour and education project | $2,500
Impact Hill, Impact Hill 2020 programming | $2,000
Inter-Faith Response, emergency assistance fund | $1,500
Jennie Edmundson Memorial Hospital Foundation, Caring for Our Community pharmacy vouchers | $2,500
Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska dba Immigrant Legal Center, southwest Iowa immigration legal services | $1,500
League of Human Dignity, medical equipment loan and rental program | $1,500
New Visions Homeless Services, MOHMs Place food and food supplies | $2,000
Oakland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, pager replacement project | $1,500
Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty, southwest Iowa poverty alleviation initiative | $1,500
Omaha Conservatory of Music, Pottawattamie County String Sprouts | $1,000
Omaha Performing Arts, 2020-21 Musical Explorers | $1,000
Omaha Symphony, 2020-21 Mission Imagination at Iowa Western | $1,500
Pottawattamie Arts Culture & Entertainment, PACE Music & Movies in the Park/community events | $1,500
Share My Smile, Mission Victory | $500
Southwest Iowa Mediation Center, Children in the Middle Class Pottawattamie | $1,000
Southwest Iowa Nature Trails Project, Wabash Trace Pottawattamie County resurfacing | $2,000
Underwood Optimist Club, community ball field facility and concession improvement | $2,000
Union Pacific Museum Association, Farm to Fork Tales; stories of recent immigrant farmers | $1,000
Walnut Community Center Foundation, youth basketball | $2,500
West Pottawattamie County Agricultural Extension District, Speak Up Be Safe program | $2,000
Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center, healing garden | $1,000