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Supervisors get foundation update

By Staff | Oct 15, 2008

Something very significant happened at the Emmet County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Someone came who wanted to give away money rather than get it.

Sue Nelson, chair of the Emmet County Community Foundation, told the board that the foundation will have $90,000 to give away to nonprofit groups throughout the county in next year’s grant cycle. That’s nearly double the average of what has been given away over the past three years. In addition, the foundation permanent endowment has grown to $85,000, a point where grants could be given from that fund – provided they are approved by the foundation board.

Nelson said the grants given over the past three years include 23 in 2006, 18 in 2007 and 14 in 2008. The foundation has awarded grants to every community in Emmet County, Nelson said.

Nelson also asked the supervisors if the county could put a link for the ECCF on the county Web site.

“We have a significant amount of grants to give in June,” Nelson said. “We want people to start thinking about that now.”

If not all funds are distributed, Nelson said the foundation will conduct a second grant cycle to ensure that it distributes all grant monies.

The Emmet County Community Foundation is administered by an 11-person board. The foundation operates under auspices of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

For more information on grants through the Emmet County Community Foundation, see www.iowacommunityfoundations.org/emmetcounty.