Community Foundation awards grants

Dec 04, 2014

The Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) awarded more than $250,000 to 52 area nonprofit organizations. The presentations were made at the Community Foundation's Grant Award Luncheon held Dec. 4, 2014, at the Iowa City Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center.

As they have done for the past 10 years, McGladrey was the sponsor of the grant award luncheon.

John Schneider and Sarah Maiers, grant committee chair and vice chair, respectively, said the Foundation received 78 grant requests for $677,699 to fund programs. Schneider added, "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 stronger with their assistance."

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

Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre - Performances of "Billy Goats Gruff" in Coralville
Coralville Center for Performing Arts - Young Footliters Youth Theater
Iowa City Community Theatre - Love and Marriage Production
Iowa City Downtown District - Downtown Welcome Banners
Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - One Book Two Book Children's Literature Festival
Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - Outdoor Projection Project
North Liberty Community Betterment Group – NL Blues & BBQ Everyday Arts Pavilion
Riverside Theatre - LUCKY ME at Riverside Theatre
Summer of the Arts - Festival Welcome Entryway & Way finding Banners
The Iowa Children's Museum - ABC Walkabout Exhibit
University of Iowa Foundation - Arts Share/CFJC Concert Series

4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care - 4Cs Quality Improvement Project
Bicyclist of Iowa City - Bike Rodeos for Iowa City Area Schools
Home Builders Association of Iowa City, Vocational Training Council - CCA STEM Hub project
I CAN READ - Kindergarten Kickstart with Literacy Songs
ICCSD Foundation – School of the Wild
Iowa City Community School District - Hills Elementary - Hills Learning Center Program
Iowa College Access Network – JC College & Career Readiness Program
Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG) - iJAG: Supporting Student Potential for JC Youth
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity - Financial Literacy and Responsibility for All

Iowa City Foreign Relations Council - Environmental Forums and Roundtables
The Senior Center - "Brown Gold": Compost Music Video
Trees Forever - Iowa City TreeKeepers

Health & Human Services
Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry (CEFP) - Real Food Project
DVIP - Safety and Dignity for Adult and Youth Victims of Domestic Violence
Elder Services, Inc - Door through Door Medical Transportation
Free Lunch Program - Rent Supplement
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois - Girl Scout Outreach Program
Healthy Kids Community Care School-Based Health Clinic – Bright Smiles
IC Free Medical and Dental Clinic - Expanding Diabetic Care at the Free Clinic
IC Free Medical and Dental Clinic - Medications for Free Clinic Patients
Johnson County Visiting Nurse Association - Disaster Preparation
Kids First Law Center - Advocates for Children of High-Conflict Divorce
North Liberty Community Pantry - Gardening for Health Project
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. - Prevention Education
Shelter House - Culinary Starts
Shelter House - Fairweather Lodge
Solon Senior Advocates, Inc. - Senior Advocate Transportation Project
Systems Unlimited, Inc. - Geri Chairs for Individuals Served by Employment Systems
Table to Table Food Distribution Network - Food Rescue Program on-going support
Crisis Center of Johnson County - Increased Food Purchases for Clients
Crisis Center of Johnson County - Coralville Residents-Emergency Financial Assistance
Crisis Center of Johnson County - North Liberty Residents-Emergency Financial Assistance
United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties – Summerships

Public / Society
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County - Recruiting High-Quality Volunteers for Longer, Stronger Impact
Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa - Identify Me! Community ID program
Coralville Veterans Memorial Committee - Veterans Memorial Project
Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism - IowaWatch - IowaWatch audience engagement program
IC Parks and Recreation Foundation - Upper City Park Cabin Restoration & Preservation
Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County - The Volunteer Development Project
Swisher American Legion Post 671 - Upgrade / replace Banquet Style Chairs

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

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