Foundation for the Future of Delaware County Awards Nearly $100,000 to Area Nonprofits

The Foundation for the Future of Delaware County made grants to 34 Delaware County nonprofits during its 2019 grant award ceremony at the Delaware County Community Center on Tuesday, April 23.

The Foundation receives funds each year from the Iowa Department of Economic Development County Endowment Program. Seventy-five percent of the money received is granted out, while twenty-five percent is maintained in a permanent endowment with the income to be distributed in future years.

Donors who give to endowments may benefit from the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit in addition to federal charitable income tax deductions.

In addition to the awards given on Tuesday evening, the board makes grants for Great Give Day — scheduled for May 9 — and provides Seeds for Success grants to new endowment funds, bringing its total contribution to the community to $98,548 in 2019.

“We received $135,000 in requests from 39 organizations,” Foundation Chair Jerry Burke told the recipients. “We hope the dollars you’ve received will go a long way toward accomplishing your goals.”

Mike Knipp accepted a grant award on behalf of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. “The Foundation has supported us in many ways, but this year it touched our hearts even more than previous years,” he said. “This winter was brutal. Kids were out of school a lot, and that causes stress at home because they’re hungry. So, there was extra burden on our mobile food pantries and the food bank itself. This grant is very impactful, and we thank you for the support.”

Greeley Fire Chief Dave Pierschbacher accepted a grant award for CPR mannequins. “Last month alone we touched about 175 different people with CPR recertifications, and that number continues to grow,” he said. “The seconds count when it comes to CPR, so thank you.”

Grants are awarded in the areas of: Health & Human Services; Education; Neighborhood and Community Development; Environment; Children, Youth, and Families; and Arts and Culture, including Historic Preservation. The following organizations received grants for various initiatives:

  • West Delaware High School — $2,500 

Metals Department Welder Maintenance

  • Maquoketa Valley Community School District — $500 

Basic Supplies  

  • Riverview Center — $3,061     

Sexual Assault Crisis Response Toolkit   

  • Delhi Little League — $5,000  

Bunker Rake    

  • Delaware County Conservation Department — $4,000

Silver Lake Park Playground      

  • ISU Extension and Outreach Delaware County — $501

Brain Break Kit 

  • West Delaware - Lambert Elementary — $4,000

Rock Climbing Wall      

  • City of Hopkinton — $2,300    

Lunchtime Book Club    

  • Helping Services for Youth & Families — $3,400         

Youth Mentoring           

  • Delhi Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders — $3,500

Lifepak 12        

  • Neighborhood Retreat/Good Neighbor Society — $5,000

Adult Day Services       

  • Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA — $3,000

Victim Services Shelter 

  • Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa — $526

Educating Youth for Future Success in Delaware County

  • Edgewood Fire Department — $3,000

Purchase of Air Pack Refill System        

  • Edgewood-Colesburg Schools - Ed-Co Elementary — $,3000    

STEM Materials for Elementary Classrooms        

  • Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa — $3,210

Summer Camp 2019      

  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank — $2,500

Manchester Mobile Food Pantry

  • Delaware County School to Work — $2,500     

Bridging the Gap - Continued Learning Opportunities

  • Heartland Quilters — $1,687

Birthday Bags for Kids and Cot Covers for Kinderwood   

  • City of Delhi - Public Library — $1,500

Teens, Tweens, and In-betweens          

  • Manchester United Methodist Church — $2,204          

Keeping Hearts Full and Beating

  • St. Luke’s Catholic Church — $650.00


  • Community Childcare of Manchester — $2,500

Addition of STEAM Materials     

  • Hopkinton Ambulance Service Organization — $859   

EZ-IO Traosseous Infusion Kit    

  • St. Joseph's Childcare Center — $2,150          

Infant Space Creation   

  • Greeley Rural Firemen’s Association Inc. — $2,000

QCPR Mannequins

  • City of Earlville - Fire and Ambulance Department — $3,000  

Cascade Bottle Upgrade

  • Colesburg Firefighters Association — $3,500

PPE Replacement         

  • City of Manchester — $1,500

Adaptive Learn to Swim Program          

  • Maquoketa Valley Community School District — $4,000

Mental Health Needs of Underprivileged Children          

  • Delaware County Tourism — $1,400

Delaware County Event Marketing         

  • Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway — $600

Paddling the Maquoketa River - A Regional Guide          

  • Delaware County Historical Society — $2,500 

Window Repair of Old Main building      

  • Delaware County Economic Development — $5,000

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