Tama County Community Foundation distributes $111,064 to local non-profits

The Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF) has granted $111,064 to 34 projects of organizations serving Tama County through its 2021 grant cycle.

“There are many deserving causes and nonprofit organizations that apply for grant funding each year,” said Sara Forrester, TCCF committee chair. “The Tama County Community Foundation is proud to partner with these nonprofits to ensure they are able to offer the programs and services which create more vibrant communities for all people in Tama County.”

Grant recipient organization, project the grant will fund, and grant amount are listed below by funding areas.

Arts & Culture

City of Toledo, Butter Cow – Calf Sculpture, $2,000

Dysart Historical Society, Interactive Historical Museum Display, $1,000

Tama County, Fair Association – Fairgrounds Bleacher Replacement, $1,820

Traer Historical Museum, TSC Archival Project, $2,000

Wieting Opera Housing Company, Challenge Camps for Children, $2,250

Wolf Creek Players, Theater Expenses, $1,000

Community Betterment

City of Garwin, Library – Emergency Generator, $6,256

City of Gladbrook, City of Gladbrook – Technology Upgrade (Server), $4,000

City of Gladbrook, Fire Department – Monitor Nozzle, $1,000

City of Tama, Fire Department – Mobile Radio Upgrade, $5,000

City of Tama, Library – Technology Grant, $1,000

Gladbrook American Legion Post 0127, Gladbrook Memorial Building – HVAC System, $11,000

Montour Community Club, Montour Community Club Updates, $11,400

Education & Youth Development

Al Exito, Student Success Tama, $2,156

North Tama BASIC, Food Allowances, Media Upgrade and Clothing, $4,000

Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Girl Scout Leadership Experience in Tama County, $1,000

Tama County 4-H, StoryWalk, $1,294

Little Knights Learning Center, Today’s Children, Tomorrow’s Dysart, $5,000

North Tama County Community School District, North Tama Tech Team ESports, $3,888

Toledo Library Foundation, STEAM in the Library, $1,000

Environment & Animal Welfare

Tama County Humane Society, Outdoor Dog Runs, $5,000


Child Abuse Prevention Services, Adolescent Sexual Health, $1,000

Elberon Fire and Rescue Association, Power Cot for Elberon Ambulance, $5,000

Iowa River Hospice, Day of Care, $2,000

Human Service

Central Iowa Residential Services, Tama Opportunity Center Volunteer Activities and Tama County Client Needs, $2,000

City of Toledo, Fire Department – Fire Ground Communications, $5,000

Crayon Corner Learning Center, Playground Improvement Project, $3,500

Mid-Iowa Community Action, MICA Backpack Food Program, $2,500

North Star Community Services, Accessing our Community, $2,000

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Tama County Congregate and Home Delivered Meals, $2,500

Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Feeding Communities, $4,000

Pied Piper Preschool and Child Care, New Water Heaters, $1,500

Kids’ Corner, No Fault Safety Surfacing, $5,000

Traer United Presbyterian Church, Christian Hands Across Traer (CHAT), $2,000

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Tama County. Committee members include: Sara Forrester (chair), Gloria Fonseca, Dixie Forcht, Darvin Graham, Mary Ann Gregory, Angie Jacobs, Melanie Kemper, Chris Schafer and Sandy Supianoski.

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 2022 grant cycle opens November 1 with an application deadline of January 15, 2022. The grant guidelines and application can be found at www.tamaccf.org.