Wolf Creek Players, North Tama Schools among those to receive grant awards
TCCF distributes over $143,000 to 32 local projects
A pocket park, a book vending machine, athletic equipment, ongoing theater expenses, and an annual festival are just a sampling of the projects selected in 2022 to receive grant funding from the Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF).
TCCF held its 2022 grant awards celebration at the Wieting Theatre on April 21, announcing the distribution of $143,471.35 to 32 projects of organizations serving Tama County through its 2022 grant cycle.
“Congratulations to Tama County Community Foundation’s 2022 grant recipients! We are proud to partner with these organizations as they serve the needs of our county and work to create stronger communities for all,” said Sara Forrester, chair of the TCCF governing committee.
Grant recipient organization, project the grant will fund, and grant amount is listed below by funding area.
Arts & Culture
City of Traer, Winding Stairs Festival – Equipment, $1,995
STC Music Boosters, Music Stands, $12,500.60
Wieting Opera Housing Company, Wieting Stage Lights, $5,500
Wolf Creek Players, Ongoing Theater Expenses, $5,000
City of Chelsea, Fire Department – Air Packs, $15,000
City of Chelsea, Library – Sidewalk Railing, $7,422
City of Gladbrook, Fire Department – K12 Saw, $1,500
City of Toledo, Fire Department – Fire Safety, $8,000
City of Toledo, Police Department – Body Cameras, $4,392.50
Dysart Community Betterment Corporation, Vision Dysart Committee – Main Street Pocket Park, $7,500
Tama County – Auditor, Tama County Tourism – Marketing 2022, $4,250
Toledo Library Foundation, Fantasy/Science Fiction Book Enhancement Project, $2,000
Education & Youth Development
Al Éxito, Al Éxito Tama: Student Success Tama, $4,150
Crayon Corner Learning Center, Floor Registers, $1,500
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Girl Scout Leadership Experience in Tama County, $1,000
North Tama County Community School District, Athletic Department – Basketball Equipment Upgrade, $6,820
North Tama County Community School District, Elementary – Book Vending Machine, $5,850
Our Sacred Space, Inc., Day Camp Summer 2022, $1,352
Pied Piper Preschool and Child Care, Chain Link Fence, $5,000
Tama County 4-H, Agriculture Awareness – Goats and Poultry, $1,050
Environment & Animal Welfare
Tama County – Auditor, Conservation – Improvements at T.F. Clark Park, $4,500
Tama County Humane Society, Spay and Neuter Funding, $4,500
Tama County ISU Extension & Outreach Office, Gardening with Seniors, $4,239.25
Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc., Adolescent Sexual Health, $1,250
Gladbrook Peace United Church of Christ, Church Defibrillator, $1,200
Iowa River Hospice, Day of Care, $6,500
Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support, Tama County Victim Housing Services, $3,000
Central Iowa Residential Services, Inc., Tama Opportunity Center (TOC) and Client Needs, $2,000
Families Helping Families of Iowa, Program Support for Tama County Children in Foster Care, $2,500
Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Feeding Communities, $8,000
The Compassionate Friends (Marshalltown), Newsletter, $1,000
Traer United Presbyterian Church – Traer, Christian Hands Across Traer (CHAT), $3,000
Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Tama County. Committee members include: Gloria Fonseca, Sara Forrester (chair), Dixie Forcht, Darvin Graham, Mary Ann Gregory, Melanie Kemper and Chris Schafer.
Grants are awarded through TCCF’s competitive grant process to projects in the program areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Tama County in order to be considered for funding. The 2023 grant cycle opens November 1, 2022, with an application deadline of January 15, 2023. The grant guidelines and application can be found at www.tamaccf.org.