Community Foundation awards $320,956 in grants to 64 area nonprofits

Oct 17, 2018

The Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) awarded $320,956 in grants to local nonprofit organizations at the annual at CFJC Grant Award Luncheon. RSM and US Bank were co-sponsors of the event which was held Oct. 17 at the Coralville Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.

Sixty-four area nonprofit organizations received funds for projects supporting the areas of health services, human services, education, arts and culture, environment and animals and public/societal benefit. Support for the grants comes from a combination of funds from the County Endowment Re-granting Program, CFJC Donor Advised Funds, CFJC Community Endowment Funds and the 5224Good Giving Circle. 

The County Endowment Re-Granting Program distributes a percentage of the state’s commercial gaming tax revenue annually to qualified community foundations in counties that do not have a state-issued gaming license.

Executive Director Shelly Maharry said it’s inspiring and very rewarding to see grant awards transform into purpose connecting those who care with those who need. To grow the number and amount of grants awarded, she encourages others to support CFJC. “Our mission is a reminder that CFJC, in partnership with donors and nonprofit partners, helps meet needs in our local communities. Together, we are giving for good supplying a boost to those who need it most throughout all of Johnson County.”

Sarah Maiers, CFJC president, said during this grant cycle the foundation received more than 100 grant requests totaling $986,594. “We are grateful to our many contributors and volunteers for their financial support and gifts of time that champion these very deserving nonprofit organizations. Their programs have an ability to transform this grant support into meaningful opportunities that benefit residents and our communities.”

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

Arts / Culture / Humanities

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature - One Book Two Book Children's Literature Festival

The Iowa Children's Museum - Box Parties - Playing to Learn!

FilmScene - Women's March

Summer of the Arts, Inc. - Summer of the Arts, Inc. IT Capital Re-Investment

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art - University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art - 2018-19 Senior Living Communities Program

Jones Academy of Performing Arts - Jones Academy of Performing Arts

The Englert Theatre - Ailey II Community Outreach at The Englert Theatre

Orchestra Iowa, Inc. - 2018-19 Music in the Schools Education Program

Iowa City Community Theatre - The Music Man

Coralville Center for the Performing Arts - Young Footliters Youth Theatre - Program Expansion

The Quire - Stonewall 50 (commissioned work)

Swisher Community Library - Adult/Senior Programming

State University of Iowa Foundation - The Iowa Youth Writing Project - Making Young Voices Heard Project


Iowa City Public Library - Iowa City Public Library's Discovery Kits

Iowa City Community School District Foundation - School of the Wild

I Can Read Inc. - I Can Read Songs Parent Empowerment

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity - Financial Literacy and Homeowner Education

Antelope Lending Library – Fall and Spring Bookmobile Service

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties - STEM Literacy Kit Project

4Cs Community Coordinated Child Care - 4Cs Strong from the Start

The Arc of Southeast Iowa - Inclusive Daycare/Preschool Program

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa -Project Name Empowering a Financially Capable and Career Ready Society in Johnson County

Global Food Project - The Global Table

Iowa City Darwin Day - Iowa City Darwin Day 2019

Iowa Jobs for America's Graduates (iJAG) - iJAG: Connecting the Next-Generation Workforce with Career Pathways

State University of Iowa Foundation - Johnson County Community Writing Assistance Program

Friendship Community Project - Friendship Community Project

Johnson County Historical Society - Little School on the Prairie and Flowers, Fossils, Birds, and Beyond Summer Camp Programs

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois - Leadership and Character Building for At-Risk Girls

Environment / Animals

Table to Table - Mitigating Food Waste in Johnson County

Bur Oak Land Trust - Safely Managing Prairies and Woodland with Prescribed Burns

Project GREEN - Ashton House - Project GREEN Gardens

Harvest Preserve Foundation, Inc. - Harvest Woodlands Project Part I

Friends of the Animal Center Foundation - New Workstation

Health Services

Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic – Pre- and Post-Natal Care at the Free Clinic

Aging Services, Inc. - Community Services for Home-Bound Seniors

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland - Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinics - Healthy Immigrant Kids Project, Year 2 (HIK2)

Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinics - LatinXChange After School Club

Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic - Free Clinic EKG Upgrade

ChildServe - Universal Exercise Unit for Children with Special Health Care Needs

University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics /Acute Care Surgery - Fall Prevention Awareness, Health and Resource Fair

Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa - Revival of Girls on the Run Sites and Program Scholarships

The Bird House - Hospice Home of Johnson County - Making a Difference by Making Up the Difference: The Bird House

Human Services

Free Lunch Program - Free Lunch Program

Elder Services Inc. - Meals on Wheels/Nutrition Program

Table to Table - Summer Youth Meals

Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. - Operation BackPack in Johnson County: Reducing Weekend Hunger among Elementary Kids

Inside Out Reentry Community - Inside Out Reentry Community

Coralville Community Food Pantry - School Break Nutrition Program

North Liberty Community Pantry - North Liberty Community Pantry 2019 Food Inventory

Domestic Violence Intervention Program - Providing Emergency Services to Victims of Domestic Violence

Shelter House Community Shelter and Transition Services - Peer Support Specialist - Fairweather Lodge

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity - Helping Hands

Path of Hope - Refugee & Immigration Services

Rape Victim Advocacy Program - 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Response

Goodwill of the Heartland - Career Track

The Crisis Center of Johnson County -Emergency Assistance for Johnson County Families

Shelter House Community Shelter and Transition Services - Bringing Permanent Supportive Housing to Scale through Pay for Success

Fifth Ward Saints North - Fifth Ward Saints North

Catherine McAuley Center - Working towards Self-sufficiency: Case Management and Support for Refugees in Johnson County

The Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County - G! WORLD

Public / Societal Benefit

Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities (CIVIC) - Ensuring the Future of Citizen Diplomacy

City of Coralville-Parks Department - Woodpecker Singletrack Trail Development

Iowa City Bike Library - Youth Bike Club

Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa - Ahead of the Game: Concussion Prevention, Intervention, and Support

Johnson County Extension d/b/a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County - Bigs with Badges

Creative Corridor Center for Equity (C3E) - Empowerment Leadership Institute for Johnson County

Old Brick - Historic Landmark Structural Support and Landscaping with Vocational Training Collaboration

Coralville Community Fund - CFJC Matching Grant

Iowa City Community Fund – CFJC Matching Grant

North Liberty Community Fund – CFJC Matching Grant

Tiffin Community Fund – CFJC Matching Grant

University Heights Community Fund - CFJC Matching Grant

The Community Foundation of Johnson County advances philanthropy by connecting those who care with those who need. The Community Foundation administers over $29 million in charitable assets and has distributed more than $14 million in grants since 2000. Through our work, CFJC supports more than 200 nonprofit organizations, family and business funds and community endowment funds to grow philanthropy for the greater community good . . . for good  . . . forever.

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