More than $120,000 in grants given to local communities

Thursday, November 8, 2018
Pictured above are representatives of recipients from the Oyens community, Oyens Fire & Rescue, and the City of Oyens.
(Photo by Beverly Van Buskirk)

PLYMOUTH CO. — A total of $122,131.22 has been awarded by the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County for the 2018 year.

The presentation of checks was made Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Floyd Valley Healthcare Conference Center for 33 projects.

Foundation board president Kelly Nashleanas announced each award recipient asked them to give a brief description of their project.

Pictured above are representatives of Remsen organization recipients, including Remsen Heritage Museum, St. Mary’s School, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, City of Remsen, and Community Ministry, Marcus.
(Photo by Beverly Van Buskirk)

“We received 40 applications and were able to fund 33 of them, some for their full requested amount and others partially funded,” Nasleanas said.

Those requests totaled $270,576.

Receiving funding this year from the Remsen & Oyens areas were:

• City of Oyens, $1,500, Christmas decorations.

• City of Remsen, $2,000, swimming pool shade.

• Community Ministry, Marcus, $5,000, for RU Backpack program.

• Mid-Sioux Opportunity, $6,000, replace two doors at Remsen office.

• Oyens Fire & Rescue, $9,660 safety equipment, replacing SCBA air bottles.

• Remsen Heritage Museum, $2,452.97, museum expansion.

• Remsen St. Mary’s School, $7,701, two new doors at the high school.

This is the 11th year the foundation has been able to award grants to communities and organizations within Plymouth County. In that time, the foundation has awarded nearly $1 million to assist community and organization projects.

The Foundation of Greater Plymouth County was formed in 2005 to coordinate and provide philanthropic support for community betterment projects in Plymouth County.

The CFGPC is an affiliate of the Iowa Community Affiliate Network, a collaboration of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and the Iowa Area Development Group Community Foundation.

The money the foundation is able to distribute comes from Iowa’s gambling revenue that is passed on to local county foundations where there are no gaming facilities and which has initiated a countywide community foundation.

Each non-gambling county receives one-half of 1 percent of the state’s gross gambling tax receipts.

Under terms of legislation, these funds must be granted to charitable organizations for educational, civic and public purposes in Plymouth County.

Each year the foundation makes grant awards to worthwhile projects located in the county that are identified through this community grant application process.

Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and government entities serving Plymouth County. Grant selections are made in an effort to create a better quality of life for people in Plymouth County. The local governing committee reviews the applications from charitable organizations serving their community.