Grants to 33 projects totaling $46,600 were distributed June 20 in Clarion by the Wright County Charitable Foundation. Since the first granting period in 2006, the WCCF has handed out $1,206,924 to worthy causes.
The WCCF Grant Committee and the WCCF Youth Leadership Committee separately reviewed each application. After independently making their recommendations, all grants received final approval by the full WCCF Board of Directors.
There are two grant award cycles each year: spring and fall.
The grants included:
Belmond Area Arts Council: $1,800 for a steel canopy
Belmond Historical Society: $400 for two computers
Belmond Dog Park: $200 for dog water fountain
B-K Outdoor Classroom: $1,100 for indoor bathroom
TLC Preschool: $300 for supplies and activities
Belmond July 4: $1,500 for fireworks
Belmond Promotion Council: $400 for Autumn Family Fun Festival
Belmond Park Board: $1,200 for garden renovation
Rowan Public Library: $1,000 for LED lighting
Dows Rural Fire: $1,300 for cascade system
Dows Lions: $800 for flag replacement
Dows Senior Citizens: $1,400 for building repair
Dows Commercial Club: $1,500 for Main Street lights
Upper Des Moines Opportunity: $800 for school supplies
Iowa Project Aware: $1,000 for river improvement
Wright County Building and Grounds: $500 for key boxes
Wright County Economic Development: $1,300 for retail snapshot program
Wright County Fair: $800 for schoolhouse preservation
Food Bank of Iowa: $3,200 for food assistance
Domestic Sexual Assault Center: $2,350 for renovations
Wright County Extension: $1,100 for Safety Day Camp
YMCA Des Moines: $300 for Wright County Girls on the Go
C-G-D Alternative High School: $400 for breakfasts
Clarion Ambulance: $1,900 for digital radios
Clarion Foundation for Community Improvement: $5,350 for mural
Clarion Hospital: $1,300 for procedure chair
Crossroads Youth Center: $1,500 for garage door and roof
Chick’s Women’s Ministry: $1,000 for fall youth retreat
Renwick Ambulance: $2,600 for upgrades
Eagle Grove Music Boosters: $1,600 for lights and speakers
Rotary Senior Living: $2,900 for therapy pool
Eagle Grove Rotary Club: $1,300 for front door
Izaak Walton League: $2,500 for siding
The Youth Leadership Committee includes: Britney Duran, Gustavo Suarez and Jonah Christianson of Belmond: Sam Johnson, Katie Habermon and Cole Lindeman of Clarion; and Nick Halverson, Brittney Osborn and Carlos Figueroa of Eagle Grove.
The WCCF Board of Directors includes: Lennea Groom (president), Bob Powers, Todd Buseman, Missy Niederhauser, Jan Grandgeorge, Theresa Martin, Berne Ketchum, Mikyla Hefti, Jeanne Russell and Alyce Seaba. Endowment building is handled by Duane Asbe.