Clayton County Foundation for the Future Awards Over $12,000 to Local Nonprofits at Annual Grant Celebration
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MONONA, Iowa — The Clayton County Foundation for the Future awarded $12,279 to area nonprofits on April 11 at its annual grant award celebration at Freedom Bank in Monona.
“These grants are made possible by local donors who are excited about the future of Clayton County communities,” said Emily Sadewasser, foundation coordinator. “The community foundation was created with the intention of establishing a perpetual endowment fund that would meet the needs of all of Clayton County and the 19 communities within its borders.”
The event was more than just an opportunity to recognize the work of local nonprofits. It also was a celebration of the Foundation’s 15th anniversary, which Board Chair Andrew Reimer acknowledged as he announced the grant awards.
“You can just see the passion about all these projects going on in our county,” said grant recipient Diane Malcom, commenting on the grant awards.
Clayton County Conservation Director Jenna Pollock and Motor Mill Foundation President John Nikolai received a grant for enriching the remnant oak savanna near the mill. “We’re very excited and appreciate this generous grant from the Darby family for all it’ll help us accomplish this year,” said Pollock.
A grant to the City of McGregor will help establish a pocket park on the site of a former historic building. “The City of McGregor is trying to take a real sour lemon, the tornado of 2017, and make some lemonade,” said Joan Burns, accepting the award. “We’re very grateful. Leann and Craig Watson, thank you so much. This grant makes a wonderful impact.”
Grant funding was made possible by donations to the Clayton County Foundation for the Future Endowment, the Leroy and Colleen Darby Family Endowed Donor-Advised Fund, the A.J. Spiegel Endowment Fund, the Dan Barton Family Endowment, the Watson-Rugland Family Endowment for Clayton County, Craig and LeAnn Watson, and the Dr. Russell and Juanita Loven Endowment.
Donors who give to endowments may benefit from the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit in addition to federal charitable income tax deductions.
The grant awards are:
Funded by the Clayton County Foundation for the Future Endowment
Clayton County Energy District — $1,000
CCED Residential LED Lighting Transition
Friends of the Marquette Driftless Area — $1,000
Wetland Exploration Gear for Youth
Clayton County Community Collaboration Council — $1,000
Distracted/Impaired Driving Simulator
Clayton County Freedom Rock Project — $1,000
Funded by the Leroy and Colleen Darby Family Endowed Donor-Advised Fund
Clayton County Development Group — $999.97
Clayton County Community Farmers Market Promotional Workshop
Motor Mill Foundation — $1,000
Remnant Oak Savanna Enrichments
City of Monona - Butterfly Gardens & Trail Committee — $1,000
Paving the Butterfly Garden Entrance
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Clayton County - $1,000
Nurturing Nature Explorers in Northeast Iowa
Funded by the A.J. Spiegel Endowment Fund and the Dr. Russell & Juanita Loven Endowment Fund
Guttenberg Gallery & Creativity Center — $995
Program and Event Signage
Funded by the Dr. Russell & Juanita Loven Endowment Fund
Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce — $825
Welcome Center Signage
Funded by the Dan Barton Family Endowment
Garnavillo Historical Society — $710
Preserving a Wooden Gem
Funded by the Watson-Rugland Family Endowment for Clayton County and Craig and LeAnn Watson
City of McGregor — $1,000
Pocket Park on Main Street
McGregor Historical Society — $750
McGregor Historical Museum Digital Preservation Project
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The Clayton County Foundation for the Future, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, was created with the intention of setting up a perpetual endowment fund that would serve the needs of all of Clayton County and the 19 communities within the county. To learn more, visit dbqfoundation.org/ccff.
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The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. For more information, visit dbqfoundation.orgor call 563.588.2700.