HCCF awards over $100K to local non-profits


Lime Springs - The Howard County Community Foundation held its annual grant awards ceremony on March 27, announcing the distribution of $108,207 in grants to 55 area non-profits and government agencies.
Grants awards ranged from $200 up to $3,000. With this year’s awards, the Howard County Community Foundation has exceeded $1 million in total grants since inception in 2005.
“The work these deserving organizations do to create a stronger county is critical to making our communities places where everyone can thrive,” said Dawn Fairbanks, Howard County committee chair. 
“The Howard County Community Foundation is proud to be a partner in their work, and we are thankful for the generosity of community-minded people who make this impact possible.”
Dottie Thompson of the Foundation noted there were 60 applicants who asked for $150,000 more in funding than the board could give. She commended the board for making hard decisions and those who work diligently all year for their communities.
Fairbanks then mentioned all the board members, including Christopher Back, Shirley Ferguson and Elaine Govern of Riceville; Fairbanks, Jeff Burnikel and Carla Moser of Lime Springs; Brooke Cray of Chester; Wayne Kerian, Kip Powers and Dave Sovereign of Cresco; Mark Meirick of Protivin; and Bradley Shatek of Elma.
Fairbanks was sorry to say Kerian was stepping down from the board in the coming year.
Grant recipients and the projects the money will fund are listed below by funding areas.
Art & Culture:
City of Cresco, Champlin Hall - Furniture to replace worn out furniture
City of Cresco, Cresco Theatre and Opera House - Refresh green room, Wendy Lickteig noted it probably hadn’t been done since the 1970s.
City of Elma, Public Library - Summer reading and adult programs
Community Betterment:
B.R.I.D.G.E.  Organization - Christmas light display synchronized to music
City of Chester - Playground equipment
City of Chester - Solar-powered radar speed sign
City of Cresco, Parks & Recreation - Tennis court lights
City of Elma - Picnic Shelter at Park
City of Elma - Viaduct walk bridge repair (roof and staining)
City of Lime Springs, Community Center - Heating/cooling upgrade
City of Lime Springs, Library - Summer reading and adult programs
City of Lime Springs, Ball Park - Field improvements
City of Lime Springs, Swimming Pool - Storage shed
Cresco Wildlife Club - Trap throwers
Driftrunners Snowmobile Club - Trail informational kiosks and signs
Fish & Game Club - Trap house and update shooting range
Howard County Conservation Board - Drone
Lime Springs Community Club - Banners for Main Street announcing the town’s 150th celebration
New Oregon Cemetery Association - Final phase of flag pole replacement
Prairie Springs Recreational Trails - PSRT Outdoor Bike Fix-It Stations
Riceville Community Foundation - Community Club - Park Electrical Upgrade and Expansion
First Freedom, Inc. - Green Lighting
City of Cresco - Library - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Elma Early Childhood Center, Inc. - Wisdom and Wellness 2018
Howard County - Howard County DARE and alcohol education program
Howard County Child Care Association- Kessel Kids - Learning Library
Howard-Winneshiek Community School District - Crestwood Elementary - ClassVR Goggles/Headsets
Howard-Winneshiek Community School District - Crestwood High School Science Department - ZSpace for Education
Howard-Winneshiek Community School District - Crestwood Junior High - ClassVR headsets
Riceville Community Daycare, Inc. - School Age Classroom Enhancement Project
Spring Ahead Learning Center LTD - Technology
Trinity Catholic School - Updating aging iPads
American Red Cross - Hawkeye Chapter - 2018 blood drive rent for Community Center
Country Winds Manor - Defibrillator- Save a Life
Notre Dame Church - School - Multipurpose Exercise/tumbling Mats
Regional Health Services of Howard County - RHSHC Wound Care Program
Riceville Community School District - Wildcat Trail upgrade for children’s health and fitness
Historic Preservation:
Elma Depot Museum - Elma Museum School Roof Project
Friends of St. Patrick’s Chapel of St. Cecelia, Inc. - Church Painting Project 
Howard County Historical Society- Lighting Project
Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation - Norman Borlaug Birthplace Wood-Shingled Barn Roof
Human Service:
Cedar Valley Friends of the Family - Safe shelter and  housing stability
City of Chester - Chester Fire & Rescue truck equipment
City of Cresco - Fire Department - Demolition and removal of house
City of Cresco - Police Department - National Night Out 2018
City of Lime Springs - Fire Department - Structural F] fire boot replacement
City of Protivin - City of Protivin: Emergency Alert Siren
City of Protivin - Protivin Community Fire District: Emergency response pagers
Cresco Quilts of Valor - Quilts of Valor
Firefighters of Elma Inc. - Update SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) equipment
Helping Services for Youth & Families - Youth Mentoring at Helping Services
Northeast Iowa Food Bank - Cresco Mobile Food Pantry
Riceville Community Foundation - Elf Shop

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