The checks were signed, they were sealed - and on Tuesday night - they were delivered.
The Community Foundation of Marshall County handed out $99,882 in grants during its annual ceremony Tuesday.
The money is awarded by the foundation committee and is a result of state gambling revenues and endowments to the foundation. Local agencies and organizations apply for the grants with a total of 33 checks were handed out Tuesday night at Dejardin Hall on the campus of Marshalltown Community College.
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David Giese, left, and Arlene McAtee, center, accept a check from Heidi Pierson during the annual Community Foundation of Marshall County grant ceremony Tuesday night at Marshalltown Community College. This check for $9,782 was the biggest grant of 33 awarded on the night and will go to the “Spread the Words — Read by 3rd” initiative.
"We know that these grants will have a great impact on the community," said Bettie Bolar, development associate with the foundation.
The Albion Library got $3,500 to give it a boost in its goal to become automated.
"The library is not automated yet, and the end goal is to become automated," said Director Julia Ohrt. "There's some computer technology that needs to be upgraded first. This grant is very significant and allows us to move forward with the project."
Community Foundation of Marshall County
Grant recipients, 2013 ($99,882 total)
Common Bonds Tallcorn Advantage Services $2,000
Marshalltown Development Foundation Bikes to Share - $1,500
Marshalltown Youth Foundation Scholarships for Youth Sports - $2,500
Bobcat Special Olympics $2,500
YMCA/YWCA Swim Lessons - $7,000
Youth & Shelter Services Travel Vouchers - $3,000
City of Albion Library automation - $3,500
City of Marshalltown K-9 Training Program - $1,500
Friends of the Marshalltown Library Building One Community - $1,000
Marshalltown Development Foundation 13th Street Beautification - $2,500
Marshalltown Football League Helmet replacement - $1,000
Marshalltown Little League Fencing upgrade - $3,000
STEP Students Teaching & Empowering Philanthropy - $5,000
City of Le Grand Summer Library Program - $1,500
City of Marshalltown Police Department Student Academy - $2,500
City of Marshalltown Camp Marshalltown - $2,500
East Marshall School District Second Chance Reading - $1,000
Heart of Iowa Big Brothers/Sisters Reading Mentors - $5,000
Iowa Valley Community College Adult & Family Literacy - $4,000
Latinas/Latinos al Exito Commitment to School Success - $2,350
MICA Reach Out & Read - $4,000
MICA Rogers University Pre-K - $5,000
MICA Spread the Words Read by 3rd - $9,782.
Marshalltown Community School District Lenihan Library - $1,000
Salvation Army Summer Day Camp for At-Risk Kids - $3,000
Arts & Culture
Central Iowa Arts Association Kids Studio - $2,000
Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance Linn Creek Arts Festival - $5,000
Friends of Marshalltown Library Newspaper Digitization - $1,000
Historical Society of Marshall County Taylor School Elementary Tours - $1,000
Child Abuse & Prevention Crisis Child Care - $4,000
City of Marshalltown Housing Department Lead Hazard Control Program - $2,000
The Marshalltown Football League received $1,000 to buy new, safer helmets to increase the safety level for its players. MFL President Nick Loney said they continually have a need to upgrade equipment, and this grant helps them a great deal.
"Our main focus is the safety of the kids," Loney said.
The Linn Creek Arts Festival walked away with a $5,000 grant to go toward the summer event.
A total of $7,000 was given to the program, which provides swim lessons to children in fifth grade. The program started after the drownings last summer in the Iowa River as a way to increase water safety and education for area children.
The biggest grant of the night went to the "Spread the Words - Read by 3rd" initiative as the group received a $9,782 check. The money will be used to purchase books to be given out at a variety of events to help boost reading levels of young elementary students.
"The committee decided to put an emphasis on literacy and education projects this year," Bolar said.