Vinton Today – Benton County Community Foundation Distributes $134,426 to Local Nonprofits

Photo: Grant recipients gathered for the 2022 Benton County Community Foundation Awards Ceremony on July 26 at the Van Horne Community Building, where $134,426 in grants were awarded to 22 projects from serving organizations Benton County.

The Benton County Community Foundation (BCCF) held its 2022 grant awards ceremony at the Van Horne Community Building on July 26, announcing the distribution of $134,426 to 22 projects from organizations serving Benton County throughout throughout its 2022 grant cycle.

“Benton County is very fortunate to have these organizations working to better our community and the Benton County Community Foundation is proud to support them,” said BCCF Steering Committee Chair LeRoy Staker.

The grant recipient organization, the grant-funded project, and the grant amount are listed below by funding area.

Arts & Culture

  • Belle Plaine Historical Society, photography and conservation of negatives, $2,000

Community improvement

  • American Legion Post 167 – Newhall, roof replacement, $8,000
  • Benton County Solid Waste Disposal Commission, convenience area, $5,000
  • Blairstown Firemans Associations, Inc., ice rescue equipment, $2,526
  • Cedar-Mt. Auburn Volunteer Fire Department, equipment replacement, $10,000
  • Friends of Urbana Public Library, A Library for All Seasons, $8,900
  • Urbana Fire Fighters Association, Inc., Grain Elevator Rescue Equipment, $8,000
  • Van Horne Firemans Associations, Inc., Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Air Compressor, $10,000

Education and Youth Development

  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Benton County Girl Scout Leadership Experience, $4,000
  • Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, Inspiring Futures – Building Dreams in Benton County, $7,000
  • Vinton Early Learning Center, PBIS Implementation, $9,568
  • Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, backpacking program, $4,482

Environment and animal welfare

  • Benton County – Auditor, Conservation – Hoefle-Dulin Shoreline Stabilization Project, $8,375

Health

  • Benton County Volunteer Program, Medical Transportation Program, $7,500
  • Blairstown Ambulance Service, Inc., heart monitor and IV pump, $10,000
  • North Benton Ambulance, Sapphire Multi-Therapy Infusion Pump Kit, $7,050

Personal services

  • Families Helping Iowa Families, Benton County Foster Care Program Support, $5,000
  • Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Rural Elder Services walk-in cooler repair, $5,540
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa, Healthy Families America in Benton County, $2,000
  • North Star Community Services, Access Our Community, $4,600
  • Riverview Center, Benton County Sexual Assault Crisis Response Toolkit, $2,885
  • Wesley United Methodist Church – Vinton, Wesley United Methodist Pantry, $2,000

Grant decisions are determined by a local committee of Benton County volunteers. Committee members are: Jean Fish, Mindy Fisher, Alison Henkle, Rod Kubichek, Kassie Mather, Jackie McDermott, Manda McKinley, Brian McNulty, John Mossman, Tracy Papesh, LeRoy Staker (Chair) and Christine Turner.

Grants are awarded through BCCF’s competitive grant process to projects in the areas of arts and culture program, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health and social services. Grant applicants must be a designated 501(c)(3) organization or government entity serving Benton County in order to be considered for funding. The 2023 grant cycle opens on January 1 with an application deadline of March 15. Grant guidelines and application are available at www.bentonccf.org.

The Benton County Community Foundation is a local foundation that provides grants to organizations building stronger, more vibrant communities in Benton County and helps people establish funds to support causes close to their hearts. The Benton County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, a nonprofit organization committed to creating long-term impacts in 20 Iowa counties. For more information, contact 319-287-9106 or visit www.cfneia.org. CFNEIA is confirmed in compliance with the National Standards for US Community Foundations.

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