Community Foundations grant more than $161K to organizations
June 16, 2020 – The Bremer County Community Foundation and the Readlyn Community Fund announced $161,285.67 in grant funding to 46 projects of organizations serving Bremer County communities as part of their 2020 grant cycle.

The Community Foundation and Community Fund made the decision to not hold their annual award celebrations due to COVID-19. Grant checks will be mailed directly to the nonprofit organizations.

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

Art and Culture

Bremer County Historical Society, Operating Support, $1,000
Wartburg Community Symphony Association, Wartburg Community Symphony Association, $3,593
Waverly Chamber Music Series, 2020-2021 Music Series, $4,593
Community Betterment
City of Denver, Library - Projection System for Programs and Community Room, $4,000
City of Denver, Parks & Recreation - Equipment Storage Sheds, $2,000
City of Frederika, Parks Department - Shelter Addition to Concession Stand, $2,500
City of Janesville, Library - Youth Advisory Project & Playaways, $2,000
City of Plainfield, Library - Media Room Update and New Bookshelves, $2,500
City of Tripoli, Library - Digital Message Board, Video Display Racks, and Computer, $2,500
City of Waverly, Community Development Department - Community Garden Water Line Extension, $1,470
City of Waverly, Waverly Leisure Services - Prairie Park Enhancement Project, $2,250
Denver Soccer Club, Fields Project, $2,000
Janesville Community Center (Riviera Roose Events Center), 2020 Physical Improvements and Kitchen Enhancements, $3,000
Waverly Softball Association, Memorial Park Ball Diamond Batter Box Improvements, $1,000

Education

Community Lutheran School, Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic, $4,400
Iowa College Access Network, Student & Educator Support Post COVID-19, $1,000
St. Paul's Lutheran School, School Operations, $2,000
Sumner-Fredericksburg Community Schools, Middle School - Chromebooks are Vital Educational Tools - COVID-19 and Beyond, $5,000

Health

Bremer County, Health Department - Diabetes Prevention Program, $2,000
Bremer County Fair Association, Hand Washing Stations, $1,000
City of Janesville, Janesville Fire-Rescue - Firefighter PPE and Washer Replacement, $2,000
City of Plainfield, Plainfield First Responders - LUCAS Chest Compression System, $5,000
Denver Sunset Home, Resident Room Blinds, $3,000
Hillcrest Home, Steam Table Replacement, $3,500
Readlyn EMS Association, Heart Monitor/AED, $11,000
Tripoli Community School District, Elementary School - OnSite AED, $1,700
Tripoli Nursing & Rehab, Replacement of Exterior Doors and Floor Coverings, $1,500
Waverly Health Center Foundation, Patient Care Simulator, $10,000

Historic Preservation

Janesville Lions Foundation, Historical Preservation, Restoration, and Beautification of Jackson Township Cemeteries, $1,000

Human Service

Allison Area Foster Parent Support Group, Training and Support for Foster Parents, $2,000
Bremer County, Community Based Services of Bremer County, $5,000
City of Janesville, Police Department - Patrol Vehicle Computer Update, $3,700
City of Readlyn, Library - Emergency/Security Equipment, $2,609.67
City of Tripoli, Fire Department - Personal Protective Equipment - Bunker Gear, $5,000
Friends of the Family, Safe Shelter & Housing Stability, $4,500
Iowa Legal Aid, Stabilize Low-Income Residents & Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic, $2,000
North Star Community Services, Waverly Center Support Project, $3,000
Northeast Iowa Community Action, Bremer County Food Pantry/Crisis Fund, $7,500
Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Mobile Food Pantry and BackPack Program, $6,000
Peace United Church of Christ, Peace Community Meal Program, $4,000
Riverview Center, Crisis Response Program, $1,770
SEMS Ambulance, Safety and Training Equipment, $3,000
St. Mary Church, Saints Café, $3,700
The Larrabee Center, Community Support Services, $5,000
Waverly Area Veterans Post (WAVP), COVID-19 Revenue Loss, $2,000
Waverly-Shell Rock Area United Way, COVID-19 Disaster Relief, $12,000

Decisions on grant awards are determined by local committees which consists of volunteers from Bremer County communities. Bremer County Community Foundation committee members include: Madeleine Ambrose (chair), Lois Buhr, Amy Caster, Kristi Demuth, Mary Dietz, Deb Hanson, Joanne Jones, Billy Lehmkuhl, Steve Main, Brian Pins, Tab Ray, Judi Tripolino and Robert Whitney. Readlyn Community Fund committee members include: Sharon Davis, Jaci Hogan, Jill Krall (chair), Ron Oltrogge and Amy Sheppard.

Grants are awarded through a competitive grant process to projects in the program areas of: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Bremer County in order to be considered for funding. The 2021 grant cycle opens January 1, 2021 with an application deadline of April 8, 2021. The grant guidelines and application will be posted prior to the cycle opening at www.bremerccf.org or www.readlyncf.org.

The Bremer County Community Foundation and Readlyn Community Fund are local foundations making grants to organizations creating stronger, more vibrant communities in Bremer County and helps people establish funds to support the causes they care about. The Bremer County Community Foundation and Readlyn Community Fund are affiliates of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, a nonprofit committed to creating long-term impacts in 20 counties in Iowa. For more information, contact 319-287-9106 or visit www.cfneia.org. CFNEIA is confirmed in compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.
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