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Community Foundation hands out nearly $100K in grants

April 24, 2013
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer (apotter@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

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."

Fact Box

Community Foundation of Marshall County

Grant recipients, 2013 ($99,882 total)

Human Services

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

Community Betterment

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

Oktemberfest $1,000

STEP Students Teaching & Empowering Philanthropy - $5,000

Education

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

Historic Preservation

Friends of Marshalltown Library Newspaper Digitization - $1,000

Historical Society of Marshall County Taylor School Elementary Tours - $1,000

Health

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.

 
 

 

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