President Tom Wind said a total of 18 projects received $119,000 from Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation. The largest grant award went to the Greene County Fair Association for $25,925 for a new heating and cooling system in Clover Hall on the fairgrounds. Wind also pointed out that there have been three entities that have received nine grants in the Foundation’s 11 years and those included the Friends of Rippey, Greene County Early Learning Center and the Churdan Public Library. He describes one project, the smallest at $1,000 to the Greene County Community Lamb Barn Project which allows kids the opportunity to raise lambs to show at the county fair.
“And the commitment of those people that develop this program and I’m sure put a bunch of their own money into it, now they come forward to the Community Foundation to improve their program. I didn’t even know that program was even out there. We’re so happy to be able to give money to people that really have their heart into improving their community and especially the kids.”
Wind says over the last 11 years, the Foundation has awarded $1,015,000 to 80 non-profit organizations.
The event ended with Past-President Tim Heisterkamp getting recognition for his nine years of service to the Foundation, along with being President from 2012-2015.
A full list of recipients can be found below.
Greene County Fair Association-Clover Hall improvements ($25,925)
Churdan Fire and Rescue-Extrication equipment ($19,500)
City of Scranton-Ten sets of firefighting gear ($15,030)
Jefferson Fire Department-Air pack replacements ($11,196)
City of Grand Junction-LED display sign for Community Center ($8,600)
Greene County Early Learning Center-Organization improvements and space utilization ($7,456)
Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity-Helping Hands projects ($5,000)
Lincoln Highway Association-Interpretive signs ($4,668)
Jefferson Parks and Recreation Department-Surveillance system for rec center and parks ($3,300)
City of Scranton-Public library improvements and new computers ($3,000)
Greene County Extension-New summer kids program with STEAM ($3,000)
Grand Junction Horizons-Landscaping around the new community center ($2,950)
Jefferson VFW Post #9599-New tables and chairs to complete renovation project ($2,250)
Friends of Rippey-Sidewalk to the community room ($2,025)
Greene County Treasurer-Trailhead art project on the Raccoon River Valley Trail ($1,850)
Jefferson Matters: Main Street-Historical plaque project ($1,200)
Greene County Historical Society-Oral history program ($1,050)
Greene County Extension-Community Lamb Barn project ($1,000)