DES MOINES — The Wellmark Foundation has awarded 12 Iowa organizations Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grants. Organizations were able to request up to $100,000 in grant funding.


The Dallas County Conservation Foundation received a grant of $90,000 for the Raccoon River Valley Trail to High Trestle Tail Connector - Phase I project. The connector trail, once complete, will be nine miles overall, starting in Perry and follwing a former railroad right-of-way to the east until it connect to 130th Street.


To ensure community support for the grant project, communities were challenged to match this grant amount dollar-for-dollar. Each of the grant recipients submitted projects that can help individuals, families and communities achieve better health through safe and healthy environments that encourage physical activity and access to and consumption of nutritious foods.


“The Wellmark Foundation is proud to award a cumulative total of $1,020,000 to these grant recipients,” said Becky Wampler, The Wellmark Foundation executive director. “These organizations are focused on sustainable initiatives that will improve the well-being of citizens in the communities they serve for years to come.”


There were 11 other Iowa organizations that received grants.