2016 - 2017 Grants

The Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) awarded more than $252,000 to 72 area nonprofit organizations. The presentations were made at the Community Foundation's Grant Award Luncheon held Oct. 19, 2016, at the Coralville Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

RSM sponsored the Grant Award Luncheon.

Sarah Maiers, CFJC president, said the Foundation received 101 grant requests for more than $826,000 to fund programs and projects. "We are grateful to our many contributors and volunteers for their financial support and gifts of time that champion these very deserving organizations. The Johnson County community is growing with their assistance."

Executive Director Mike Stoffregen announced the organization recently renamed its grant endowment fund "Growing Better Together" and encouraged others to give to the fund to grow the number and amount of grants awarded. "Together we are giving for good."

The nonprofit organizations receiving grants that were recognized at the luncheon:

Arts / Culture / Humanities
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts – Children's Art Programming
Disability Enterprise Foundation – Arts and Crafts Supply Bank
ICCSD Foundation – Symphony Goes to School
ICCSD Foundation – 8th Grade Hancher Theater Experience
Iowa City Community Theatre – Venue Restroom Renovations
Iowa City Public Library – Magic School Bus at STEAM Festival
Old Brick Episcopal Corporation – Preservation Master Plan
Riverside Theatre – Radical Hospitality
United Action for Youth – Girls in Real Life
University of Iowa Foundation – The Community Stories Workshop at the VA
University of Iowa Museum of Art – UIMA Senior Living Communities

Education
4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care – Learning Starts at Birth
Friends of Historic Preservation – Houser-Metzer Education Series
Friendship Community Project – Friendship Community Project
Grow: Johnson County – "Let's Grow" Educational Program
I CAN READ – Kindergarten Kickstart with I can Read Songs
Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature – One Book Two Book Children's Literature Festival
Iowa College Access Network – Future Ready Iowa – JC Curriculum Project
Iowa Jobs for American's Graduate – iJAG: Unlocking Student Potential
Iowa Youth Writing Project – Play with Your Words!
JC Historical Society – Little School on the Prairie and Flowers, Fossils, Birds and Beyond
KCC Foundation – Flavors from Home
The Iowa Children's Museum – Play to Read!
UWJ&WC – Literacy Kits for Early Literacy
UI Foundation – Strengthening Teacher Family Connection in High Needs Elementary School
West Branch Public Library – Youth STEM Programming

Environment / Animals
Backyard Abundance – Neighborhood Monarch and Food Gardens
Bur Oak Land Trust – The Campaign to Save the Grove: Protecting, Conserving and Stewarding Iowa's Natural Land
Cedar Valley Humane Society – Pets for Life
Edible Outdoors / Backyard Abundance – Edible Outdoors
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation – Humane Education
University Heights – Banner Replacement

Health / Human Services
Alzheimer's Association, East Central Iowa – 2017 Walk, Caregiver Café
Best Buddies Iowa – Best Buddies Iowa
Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry – School Break Nutrition Program
DVIP – Safety and Dignity for Adult and Victims of Domestic Violence
Elder Services, Inc. – Senior Meals
Elder Services, Inc. – Medical Transportation
Farm to School, ICCSD Chapter – Farm to School Mobile Farm Stand Increasing access to healthy fresh foods to those most in need
Four Oaks Family & Children's Services – Pursuing Adventures in Learning (PAL)
Free Lunch Program – Free Lunch Meals
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois – Outreach Initiative Leadership and Character Building for At-Risk Girls
Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa – Support for Girls in North Liberty and Coralville
Healthy Kids Based Health Clinics – Healthy Kids Medicine Cabinet
Hospice Home of JC – Hospice Home Fund for Providing Free Care for Low Income Residents of Johnson County
Inside Out Reentry Community – Reentry Services
Iowa City Free Medical Clinic – Free Dental Clinic Operating Support
Iowa City Free Medical Clinic – Free Clinic Dispensary and Voucher Support
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity – Pat Heiden Women Build
JC Visiting Nurse Association – Education Resource Update
Kids First Law Center – Child Advocates in High Conflict Divorce and Custody Cases
National Alliance on Mental Illness in JC – Peer Support Specialist for R Place
National Alliance on Mental Illness JC – Partnering with the Community for Mental Illness Awareness
North Liberty Community Pantry – Pantry Food Inventory
North Liberty Community Pantry – Growing Together Garden
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. – Prevention Services
Shelter House – Fairweather Lodge
Shelter House – Low Barrier Winter Shelter
Shelter House – Emergency Shelter and Rapid Rehousing Services
System Unlimited, Inc. – Mental Health Service in JC
Table to Table – Ongoing Food Rescue Program
The Arc of Southeast Iowa – Daycare / Preschool Addition
The Crisis Center of Johnson County – Mobile Crisis Outreach Program Follow-Up Counselor
The Dream Center – I-Belong Youth Leadership Program
United Action for Youth – Autism Group

Public / Societal Benefit
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County – Kappa Kids and BBBS Mentoring
I.C. Bruisers Junior Roller Derby League – New Safety Gear
Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism – IowaWatch Journalism Project
Iowa City Downtown District – Washington Street Lighting Project
Swisher American Legion Post 671 – Carpet Replacement
Transformative Healing – Operational Support & Capacity Building
Veterans Memorial of Coralville – Veterans Memorial Project

The Community Foundation also awarded grants from the following donor-advised and community fund affiliates: 5224Good, AM Rotary, Angerer, AnotherDoor, Bywater, Coldren Fund, Hills Bank & Trust, Language & Literature, Nowak Family, Potter and Savin, Revier Family, Schwab-Burford, Karen Terra, Vandenberg, Winokur, Coralville Community Fund, North Liberty Community Fund, and University Heights Community Fund.