The Dallas County Foundation has announced its 2017 grant recipients. 29 organizations in Dallas County received grants, totaling $133, 347.81.
There were a total of 43 applicants this year and the 29 recipients received grants for as little as $800 and as much as $20,000. Since 2006 DCF has awarded over $965,347 to 189 projects in Dallas County.
The organizations and projects that received grants this year are:
1. Adel – Adel Oakdale Pride, $2,500
Oakdale Cemetery Improvements
2. Adel – Adel Home Care Services, $2,500
Food proofer cabinet, upgrade floor
3. Adel – Team Run Free, $2,000
Special needs run cart
4. Adel – Good Samaritan Food Pantry, $4,233
Air conditioning, office equipment
5. Adel Public Library, $2,800
Community room flooring
6. Bouton – Veteran’s Memorial, $5,000
7. Dallas County Food Bank of Iowa, $7,000
Dual axle delivery truck
8. Dallas County Habitat for Humanity, $5,000
9. Dallas County Brenton Arboretum, $2,000
10. Dallas Center – Spurgeon Manor, $3,000
11. DeSoto AHeinz57, $14,000
Construct and equip surgical suite
12. DeSoto Public Library, $1,017
13. Granger Hawks Dug Out Club, $5,600
Baseball bullpen fencing
14. Granger Parks and Recreation, $3,500
Lighting for Centennial Park
15. Granger Police Department, $1,882
In-car and body cameras
16. Minburn Comm. Betterment, $2,500
Parking lot improvements
17. Minburn Fire and Rescue, $800
Gas detection equipment
18. City of Minburn, $9,000
City Hall/library roof
19. Perry Historic Preservation, $1,500
Veteran memorial repairs
20. Perry – Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter, $3,630.47
Preserve history at one room country school house at Forest Park
21. Perry - Dallas Co. Conservation, $20,000
Raccoon River Valley Trail, third installment
22. Perry – New Hope Bargain Shoppe, $1,300
Display racks/point of sale iPad
23. Perry - Performing Arts HS, $2,500
24. Perry – Paces Program, $2,500
Student program equipment
25. Perry – Industrial Tech, $5,000
Mobile welding carts
26. Perry – Lutheran Home, $5,585.34
Intergenerational day care
27. Perry – Public Library, $2,000
Community room chairs
28. Perry – Art on the Prairie, $5,000
11’ Lighted metal sculpture
29. Waukee – Public Library Friends, $10,000
Children’s Library Updates
Scott Cirksena, Development Director of Dallas County Foundation, said that the Foundation was created as a result of the implementation of the Endow Iowa program by the State Legislature.
This year, they pulled up the beginning of the grant cycle up. They began receiving applications in November of 2016 into February of 2017 and were able to announce the recipients in March.
“The reason for that is we wanted to get grant dollars out to award winners earlier in the year so they can begin work on their projects,” Cirksena said. “So we’re on a little bit of a compressed schedule this year.”
The Endow Iowa program is the Foundation’s primary source of funding for the grants, but they also received funds from Grow Greene County for the second year in a row. Grow Greene County is a non-profit organization that raises money through the gaming industry at Wild Rose Casino in Jefferson.
The Foundation received $42,130.47 from Grow Greene County this year. Each year, Grow Greene County gives some of their revenue to the counties surrounding Greene County for community betterment projects.
“It allows us to give to more organizations and, again, it depends on applications and requests come in,” Cirksena said.
Vicki Lage, Grant Chairman for the Dallas County Foundation, said that they have a grant committee made up of seven people who decide where the grant money goes. The committee also checks to make sure the applications meet the guidelines, that they have followed instructions, and that they are complete.
Lage said that there are seven categories that they like to give grants to and they include: public/society benefits, education, environment/animals, health, and human services.
“We determine who should receive the grants and how much,” Lage said. “It usually takes about three hours to make that selection.”
Perry led the way with 10 projects receiving funds while Adel received five and other areas received fewer than that. Lage said that they will try to encourage other areas of the county to apply for grants in the future.
“We just need to encourage more people to apply in the Redfield area and in the Adel area,” Lage said. “We just have to get that knowledge out to them.”
The biggest recipient was the Raccoon River Valley Trail third installment, which received $20,000 from the DCF through a private donation from Bob and Jane Sturgeon. Lage said this was the last of the funding for the trail as they have given $20,000 to the project for three years now.
“We just felt that it was a very important thing to do, to bring people to the county and a very positive thing for the County to have that bike trail built to help Woodward, Madrid, Perry, Jefferson… all the towns on that bike trail,” Lage said. “The committee felt three years ago that that would be a commitment we would make and broke it down into these three installment payments.”
Other organizations that received at least $10,000 in grants this year include AHeinz57 Pet Rescue out of DeSoto, who received $14,000 for the construction and equipping of a surgical suite and the Waukee Public Library Friends, who received $10,000 for children’s library updates.