Community Foundation awards grants 2017-2018

2017 - 2018 Grants

IOWA CITY – The Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) will award more than $248,336 to 53 area nonprofit organizations. The presentation will be made at the CFJC Grant Award Luncheon on Sept. 28, 2017, at the Coralville Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

RSM and US Bank are co-sponsors of the Grant Award Luncheon.

Sarah Maiers, CFJC president, said during this grant cycle the foundation received 85 grant requests for more than $789,537 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. We are able to transform this support into meaningful programs and projects that benefit residents and our communities.”

Executive Director Dave Lewis said the organization’s recently renamed grant endowment fund, “Growing Better Together,” will provide service to the area. He encouraged others to give to the fund to grow the number and amount of grants awarded. “Together, we are giving for good and helping those who need it most.”

The nonprofit organizations receiving grants receive recognition at the luncheon include the following:

Arts / Culture / Humanities

Combined Efforts – Performing Arts for All
Filmscene – Filmscene Improvement Project
Orchestra Iowa – 2017-2018 Music in the Schools Outreach Program
Riverside Theatre – Strategic Planning
The Iowa Children’s Museum – Accessible Arts Education for Kindergarten Students


4Cs Community Child Care – Strong from the Start
Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa – Bridging the Gap, Civics, Leadership and Language Education for New Iowans
Friendship Community Project – Friendship Community Project
ICCompassion – Immigrant Refugee Tutoring Project
ICCSD Foundation – LiveArts @Hancher
ICCSD Foundation – School of the Wild
ICCSD Foundation – Visiting Author Program
Iowa City Darwin Day Inc – 2018 Iowa City Darwin Day
Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature – One Book Two Book Children Literature Festival
Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) – Changing the Future for At-Risk Students
Iowa Valley RC&D (fiscal sponsor) – Let’s Grow! Education Program
Iowa Youth Writing Project – Junior High Writing Conference
Jefferson Monroe Friends of the Library – Meeting Room Chairs
Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa – Overcoming the Achievement Divide: Addressing Local Skills Gaps Kirkwood Community College Foundation – ESL Service Expansion
Kirkwood Community College – Tree-Cycled Learning
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County - NCJC B.R.I.D.G.E.S. [Bringing Refugees and Immigrants Diverse and Guided Educational Supports]
CCA North Bend Elementary School Parent Teacher Group - Installation of Handicap-accessible and Inclusive Playground Equipment at North Bend Elementary
The ARC of Southeast Iowa – Daycare for Disabilities
The James Gang dba Antelope Lending Library – Hills Elementary After School Bookmobile
United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties – Early Literacy Kit Project

Environment / Animals

Bur Oak Land Trust - Educating the Community about Woodlands: Installing Interpretive Signs at Shimek Ravine
Bur Oak Land Trust - Creating Community Impact: A Bridge in Turkey Creek Nature Preserve to Allow Recreation and Land Stewardship
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation – Community Outreach Brochures
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation – Humane Education Coloring Books

Health / Human Services

Aging Services - Aging Services Chore Program
Coralville Community Food Pantry - School Break Nutrition Program
Domestic Violence Intervention Program - Providing Emergency Services to Victims of Domestic Violence Elder Services Inc. – Meals on Wheels
Elder Services Inc. – Medical Transportation
Free Lunch Program – Free Lunch Meals
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois - Leadership and Character Building Program - Financial Assistance
Grace United Methodist Church – Grace Playground
Healthy Kids School-based Health Clinic – Healthy Immigrant Kids Project
Hills Firefighter Association - Storage Locker Upgrade
Inside Out Re-Entry - Inside Out Reentry Community
Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic - Chronic Disease Management for Immigrants in Need
Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic - Expanding Women's Healthcare at the Free Clinic
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity - Helping Hands Program
National Alliance on Mental Illness - R Place Expand Services
North Liberty Community Betterment - North Liberty Summer Lunch and Fun Program
North Liberty Community Pantry - Wholesale Food Inventory
Table to Table – Fresh Food Rescue and Distribution
The Bird House - Hospice Home of Johnson County - Hospice Home Fund for Providing Sliding Scale Fee for Low Income Residents of Johnson County
The Crisis Center of Johnson County - Emergency Assistance for North Liberty
The Crisis Center of Johnson County - Emergency Assistance for Coralville
The Crisis Center of Johnson County - Emergency Assistance for Iowa City
The Crisis Center of Johnson County - Mobile Crisis Outreach Program Follow-up Counselor
University of Iowa - Fall Prevention Awareness and Call to Action
University of Iowa on behalf of Rape Victim Advocacy Program - 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Response

Public / Societal Benefit

Bike Library – Kids Bike Repair
City of Solon - SRNA - Phase IV - Solon Splash Pad
LIFEChurch – Servolution
Swisher American Legion – Fence Installation
Take A Kid Outdoors (TAKO) - Rotary Shelter -Stone Fireplace

CFJC also awarded grants from the following community fund affiliates and donor-advised funds that address our ever-changing community needs and opportunities: 5224Good, AM Rotary, Angerer, Brandt, Boyd McGurk, Butler-Rettig, Bywater, Catalano, Hills Bank & Trust, Nowak Family, Potter and Savin, Schwab-Burford, Karen Terra, Vandenberg, Westemeyer, Winokur, Coralville Community Fund, North Liberty Community Fund, Swisher Community Fund and Tiffin Community Fund.