The Foster and Evelyn Barkema Charitable Trust has announced over $920,000 in grants to 85 groups for 2020.

  The Barkemas, lifelong residents of Alexander, created the trust in 2012. It awards grants to tax-exempt organizations which are of a charitable, educational, literary, health or public service nature. Preference is given to the communities within the Belmond-Klemme, CAL, Hampton-Dumont and West Fork school districts. Also considered are medical facilities located outside the area but serving the residents in those communities, as well as human service organizations.

  The application period for 2021 will run from June 1 to September 30.

2020 Grants

  Belmond Library, furniture reupholstery, $2,472

  Belmond-Klemme, CNC plasma cutter, $5,000

  Belmond Fire Department, battery-powered extrication tools, $15,000

  TLC Preschool, face shields, fencing, $6,394

  Leinbach Center, flooring, $12,000

  Belmond-Klemme Scholarships, $60,000

  Belmond Historical Society, display case, $5,500

  Build a Better Belmond, soccer field/restrooms at Ramsay school, second installment, $5,000

  Belmond Park Board; bocce ball court, $1,500

  Belmond Trees Forever, trees, $1,000

  New Lyric Theater, projector upgrade, $15,000

  Belmond Hospital, compounding aseptic containment isolator, $16,957

  Iowa River Players, musical production, $2,500

  Wright County Public Health, prenatal program, $5,000

  Immanuel Reformed Church, Belmond, annual distribution, $20,000

  First Reformed Church, Alexander, annual distribution, $20,000

  Alexander Library, carpeting, $6,077

  Alexander City Hall, remodeling, $2,125

  Meservey Fire Department, insulated overhead door, $6,065

  Meservey Public Library, teen area remodel, $3,000

  Meservey American Legion, bathroom update, $1,500

  City of Meservey, flag pole, landscaping, $2,682

  First Reformed Church, Meservey, annual distribution, $20,000

  Thornton City Hall, flooring, flag pole, $3,400

  Zion Reformed Church, Sheffield, annual distribution, $20,000

  West Fork Schools, archery equipment, $5,000

  West Fork Scholarship Fund, $40,000

  Sheffield Public Library, hotspot devices, $2,500

  Sheffield Care Center, tables and chairs, $20,000

  Sheffield Cub Scouts, trailer, $2,000

  West Fork Food Pantry, pallet jack, four-wheel carts, laser printer, t-shirts, $1,400

  Rockwell Fire Department, air packs, $15,000

  Swaledale Fire Department, hose and portable ground monitor, $10,000

  Swaledale City Hall, furnace, $7,800

  Latimer Fire Department,

air packs, $4,052

  St. Paul Lutheran School, Latimer, water mitigation project, final installment, $20,000

  Cub Cadet Childhood Center, Latimer, building updates, $12,700

  Coulter Fire Department, washing machine/drying rack, $5,491

  City of Coulter, American flags, $1,000

  Coulter Community Cen-ter, repairs/supplies, $2,500

  Dumont Library, outside table, outside movies, interior painting, $3,500

  Dumont Ambulance, tablet, $1,470

  Dumont Fire Department, thermal imager repair, $2,180

  Dumont American Legion, flooring, $10,000

  City of Dumont, pickup, $24,000

  Dumont Reformed Church, annual distribution,


  City of Aredale, American flags, $300

  Aredale Fire Department, pickup, $20,000

  Franklin General Hospital, hospice room bed, $15,000

  Hampton Fire Department, pumper truck, second installment, $15,000


CNC router and ventilation system, $25,000

  Southside Elementary, Hampton, library books, $475

  North Central Ag in the Classroom, programs, $5,000

  Franklin County Arts Council, Young Performing Artists Concert, $1,500

  Kick It Forward Hampton, mini-pitch soccer system, $5,000

  Hampton Christian Day Care, flooring, $4,000

  Wee Ones Christian Preschool, Hampton, touchless faucets, $1,182

  Access, Inc., Hampton, parking lot, $5,000

  Compassion Flights, Hampton, airplane pledge, fourth installment, $10,000

  Franklin County Food Pantry; personal hygiene/ cleaning products, $5,000

  Park Place of Hampton, furnace/AC, $5,000

  St. Patrick Catholic Church, food pantry and emergency funds, $2,000

  La Luz Hispana, Hampton, building renovation, $10,000

  Franklin County Public Health, medical equipment, planners, $3,000

  Hampton Senior Center, fundraising matching grant,


  Franklin County Relay for Life (American Cancer Society), $15,000

  Hampton Police, school crosswalk solar powered flashing stop signs, $4,600

  Franklin County Emergency Management, thermal imaging drone, $4,000

  Hampton Tree Board, trees and fencing, $1,000

  Windsor Theater, Hampton, A/C, apartment A/C, window coverings, $9,000

  Franklin County Fair, convention center renova-tion, final payment, $27,000

  Franklin Wellness Center Residents Active in Community Exercise, operational needs, $30,000

  Hampton-Dumont-CAL Scholarships, $130,000

  Wings of Refuge, Iowa Falls, client care, $10,000

  Society to Preserve Antiquated Town Structures (ST.PATS), Dougherty, tuck-pointing, $2,000

  North Iowa Youth for Christ, building/land improvements, $15,000

  One Vision, Clear Lake, vocational services program pledge, second installment, $10,000

  Surf Ballroom/Museum, STAR program, $1,500

  Francis Lauer Youth and Shelter Services, Mason City, remodeling capital campaign, $5,000

  North Iowa Transition Center, Mason City, Community Connection program, $5,000

  MercyOne North Iowa, nurse scholarship, $10,000

  NIACC Student Emergency Fund, $12,000

  Caring Pregnancy Cen-ter, Mason City, computers, monitors, programs, $2,780

  Iowa Ronald McDonald Houses (Governor’s Charity Steer Show), $15,000

  Children's Cancer Connection, camp scholarships for children, $2,000