Jones County Community Foundation awards over $99,000 in grants to local nonprofits

The Jones County Community Foundation celebrated a successful year of community impact with donors, nonprofit leaders and community partners at its Dec. 2 grant celebration in Wyoming. Board members and staff highlighted the Foundation’s work with the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Vision to Learn, honored retiring Board Members Vic Hamre and Dean Zimmerman, and awarded just over $99,000 in grants to local nonprofits.

The Community Foundation received $212,000 in requests for its 2020 grant cycle. The applicants whose grants were awarded were:

  • Anamosa Boosters - Concession Stand Improvement
  • Cedar/Jones Early Childhood Iowa - Early Literacy Book Project
  • City of Martelle Public Library - Circulation/Cataloging Station
  • City of Monticello Public Library - Library Renovation & Reorganization
  • Every Child Reads Jones County - Grade Level Reading Campaign
  • Grant Wood Scenic Byway - Maquoketa River Regional Guide
  • Jones County Community Food Bank - Shelving & Commercial Refrigerator
  • Jones County EMS Association - MET Certification
  • Jones County Historical Society - Lane Sealcoating
  • Jones Regional Medical Center - Solar Energy Project
  • Little Lion Learning Center – Olin - Play House & Storage Shed
  • Monticello Vocal Treble Makers - Stage Purchase
  • Oxford Junction Ambulance - Power Load Hydraulic Lift
  • Oxford Junction Cemetery Assoc. - Mayflower Cemetery Tree Removal
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace – Jones Co. - Bunk Bed Build
  • Vision To Learn – Jones County - Vision Services & Glasses
  • Waypoint Services - Domestic Violence Safety Net Project

Grants are supported by Iowa’s County Endowment Fund Program. This initiative, unique to Iowa, makes grants to create a strong community foundation infrastructure in 84 counties like Jones that do not hold state-issued gaming licenses. The Jones County Community Foundation grants out 75% of these funds and invests the remaining 25% in a permanent endowment that generates interest to be distributed in future years.  

Gifts to endowment funds at the Community Foundation are eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. Community members can contribute to endowment funds established by nonprofits, which provide sustainable sources of income for these essential community service organizations.

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Founded in 2002, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque strengthens communities and inspires giving. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life throughout Northeast Iowa by serving donors, making grants to local nonprofit organizations, and providing community leadership through convening and collaboration. Guided by the values of integrity, equity and inclusion, collaboration, excellence and innovation, we seek to ensure a vibrant and inclusive Greater Dubuque region with resources and opportunity for all.