Grundy County Community Foundation distributes over $132,000 to local nonprofits

Members of Grundy County Community Foundation’s Governing Committee, Angie Thesing (left) and Jessica Eilers (right), award a 2022 grant in the amount of $14,300 to Jim Ellenberger (center) with the Community Enrichment Center of Reinbeck for its Here for Everybody! Project. –Contributed photo

The Grundy County Community Foundation (GCCF) held its 2022 grant awards celebration at the Grundy Center Community Center on April 27, announcing the distribution of $132,397.72 to 20 projects of organizations serving Grundy County through its 2022 grant cycle.

“We are pleased to award 2022 grants to community organizations representing the areas of community betterment, education and youth development, health and human service as they support the needs of their individual communities and Grundy County as a whole. The Grundy County Community Foundation has been awarding grants for 16 years, and our goal is to continue to establish and grow funds that can be distributed back out into the community,” said Lexie Hach, co-chair of the GCCF.

Grant recipient organization, project the grant will fund, and grant amount is listed below by funding area.

Community Betterment

City of Beaman, Fire Department – Large Diameter Hose, $6,300

Grundy County Community Foundation’s Governing Committee gathered with grant recipients including Reinbeck Fire Chief Chris Heasley (far left) for the 2022 grant awards celebration on April 27 at the Grundy Center Community Center where $132,397.72 in grant funding was awarded to 20 projects of organizations serving Grundy County. –Contributed photo

City of Conrad, Visioning Committee – 4 Seasons Park Playground Equipment, $10,000

City of Dike, Library – MakerSpace, $3,000

City of Grundy Center, Aquatic Center – Pool Slide Project, $8,500

City of Grundy Center, Fire Department – New SCBA Tanks, $16,428

City of Grundy Center, Park Board – Picnic Table Replacement Project, $9,000

City of Holland, Fire Department – Gear/Airpacks/Pagers, $4,500

Community Enrichment Center of Reinbeck, Here for Everybody! Project, $14,300

Reinbeck Firemen, Inc, Firefighting Nozzles Upgrade, $6,000

Education & Youth Development

Dike-New Hartford Community School District, Art/Photography Department – Digital Maker Space, $3,000

Dike-New Hartford Community School District, Industrial Technology – Implementing Laser Engraving into a Manufacturing Classroom, $5,000

Iowa College Access Network, Career and College Attainment Post COIVD, $2,000

Joyful Noise Daycare and Preschool, Kitchen Improvement – Update Refrigerators, $1,478

UnityPoint Health Marshalltown – Grundy Center Family Medicine, UPH Grundy Center Family Medicine: Reach Out and Read Program – 2022, $1,859


City of Conrad, BCERT – Radio, $6,700

Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Emergency Trauma Care, $3,995

Human Service

Lutheran Services in Iowa, Families Together II in Grundy County, $4,000

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, NEI3A Grundy County Congregate and Home Delivered Meals Program, $5,000

Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Feeding Families, $12,837.72

Operation Threshold, Inc, Grundy County Crisis Assistance, $8,500

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Grundy County. Committee members include: Jessica Eilers, Jeffrey Frank (co-chair), Lexie Hach (co-chair), Nick Jans, Jen Jensen (co-chair), Brandi Morris, Jake Pabst and Angie Thesing.

Grants are awarded through GCCF’s competitive grant process to projects in the program areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Grundy County in order to be considered for funding. The 2023 grant cycle opens October 15, 2022 with an application deadline of December 31, 2022. The grant guidelines and application can be found at www.grundyccf.org.