Community Foundation awards community grants

Oct 14, 2015

DSC_0014-1.jpgIOWA CITY – The Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) awarded more than $250,000 to 56 area nonprofit organizations. The presentations were made at the Community Foundation's Grant Award Luncheon held Oct. 13 at the Coralville Holiday Inn & Conference Center.

McGladrey and ACT sponsored the Grant Award Luncheon.

Sarah Maiers, grant committee chair, said the Foundation received 92 grant requests for $803,000 to fund programs. "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. Together we are giving for good."

The nonprofit organizations receiving grants were recognized at the awards luncheon:
Arts / Culture / Humanities
Iowa Children's Museum — Play2Bfit!
Iowa City Community Theatre — Lights for ICCT
Riverside Theatre — Branding and Experience "Refresh"
The Englert Theatre — Permanent Exhibit for Douglas & Linda Paul Gallery
Dottie Ray Film Project — Dottie Ray Film Project
FilmScene — FilmScene Capital & Programming Expansion
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts — CCPA Sound Board upgrade
Swisher Community Library — Summer Reading Project
Swisher Fun Days — Swisher Fund Days
St. Mary's Newport Cemetery Association — Church RepairsDSC_0026-1.jpg

Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG) — Expanding Student Support for Educational Services
Safety Village Iowa City / Coralville — Safety Village Pedal Cars
West Wind Education Policy Foundation / Creative Corridor Center for Equity — Black and Brown Educator Recruitment & Retention Project
ICCSD Foundation — School of the Wild
Antelope Lending Library — Bilingual Summer Literacy program
4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care — 4Cs Child Care Support Program
Kirkwood Elementary PTO — Kirkwood Elementary Preschool Playground
Grace United Methodist Church — Change a Child's Story

Harvest Preserve Foundation — Prairie Reconstruction
Trees Forever — Iowa City Fruit TreeKeepers
Bur Oak Land Trust — Protecting Natural Areas
Friends of the Animal Center Foundation — Cat Enrichment

Health / Human Services
North Liberty Community Pantry — Wholesale Food Inventory
Iowa City Free Medical Clinic — Expanding Dental Hygiene Services
Table to Table Food Distribution Network — Operational Support
Four Oaks Family & Children's Services — Pursuing Adventures in Learning (PAL)
Kids First Law Center — Advocates Create Stability for Children of High-Conflict Divorce
DVIP — Safety and Dignity for Adult and Youth Victims of Domestic Violence
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois — Outreach Program in Johnson County
Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry (CEFP) — Fresh & Culturally Appropriate Food
Healthy Kids Community Care School-based Health Clinic — Bright Smiles
Crisis Center of JC — Housing & Utility Assistance for families
Shelter House — Emergency Shelter & Rapid Rehousing Services Addressing Housing Instability and Affordability
Shelter House — Shelter House Lodge—addressing Instability
Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry — School Break Nutrition
Systems Unlimited — Mental Health Services for Children
Crisis Center of JC — Emergency Financial Assistance for North Liberty Residents
Prelude Behavioral Services — Transitional Housing
JC Visiting Nurse Association — Home Care Equipment & References
Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa — Scholarships for High-Need Sites
UI Carver College of Medicine Mobile Clinic — Broadway Street Clinic
Elder Services — Senior Meals
National Alliance on Mental Illness — R Place Recovery Wellness Center
Free Lunch Program — Rent Supplement
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland — Prevention Education
Crisis Center of Johnson County — Emergency Financial Assistance for Coralville Residents
Shelter House — Winter Emergency Shelter Addressing Instability
The Housing Felowship (THF) — Operational Funds
Iowa City Free Medical Clinic — Chronic Disease Clinic Support
CFJC — Summership Scholarships
Hospice Home of Johnson County — Hospice Home Land Purchase Fund

Public / Societal Benefit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County — Kappa Kids & BBBS Mentoring
Friends of Historic Preservation — Tool Lending Library Expansion
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity — Affordable new home construction - Hills
United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties — 2015 Johnson County Community Assessment
Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity — Mary Palmberg Women Build

The Community Foundation also awarded grants from the following donor-advised and community fund affiliates: 5224Good, AM Rotary, Angerer, Butler-Rettig, Bywater, Coldren Fund, Hills Bank & Trust, Language & Literature, Nowak Family, Potter and Savin, Schwab-Burford, Vandenberg, Winokur, Coralville Community Fund, North Liberty Community Fund, Swisher Community Fund and Tiffin Community Fund
The Community Foundation of Johnson County is a catalyst to grow endowment through philanthropy. The Foundation celebrated 15 years of service to Johnson County in 2015. Since its founding in 2000, the Community Foundation has distributed $9.1 million. To date, CFJC has raised more than $20 million in endowed assets and nearly $6 million in bequests. The Foundation serves more than 170 nonprofit organizations at a cost of less than 2 percent. The Foundation works to accomplish its goals – grow endowment for the greater community good . . . for good . . . for ever.

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