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Foundation awards $74,186

By Staff | Jun 24, 2010

Carolyn Sween of the Coomnity Foundatino of Northeast Iowa presented grant awards to Paul Budach of the Estherville Police Department and Anita Helmich of Emmet County Kinship. EDN photos by Michael Tidemann

A total of 15 Emmet County nonprofit organizations received a total of $74,186 in a grant presentation by the Emmet County Community Foundation at the Masonic temple in Estherville on Wednesday.

“It certainly has been an interesting involvement for all of us,” said Emmet County Community Foundation chair Sue Nelson, speaking on behalf of the board.

Carolyn Sween, representing the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, the parent foundation for Emmet County Community Foundation, said $350,000 in grants will have been distributed by the end of this year since the local foundation began awarding grants in 2006.

Nelson said 37 groups had submitted applications totally $204,000, eight of which were from organizations that had not previously applied. “We’re very, very pleased to see the interest that’s generated this year,” Nelson said.

A total of $46,000 in grants was awarded the first year, with $50,000 awarded the second year, $57,000 the third year, $96,000 last year and $74,186 the current year, totaling $323,186. Up to $24,000 in additional grants will be awarded in the fall grant cycle, Nelson said. To date, over 50 organizations have received grants, said Nelson.

Nelson said the local endowment, a separate fund from the grants awarded, has reached $116,000. Another fund designated for those who wish to contribute has reached $10,000. That makes $470,000 in funds that the Emmet County Community Foundation has received to date, Nelson said.

Demoney Elementary Principal Kris Schlievert told how previous grants have helped the tutoring program. In addition to students receiving tutoring, high-school students receive employment as tutors, Schlievert said.

Schlievert said a grant for playground equipment will help with the new playground on the west side of the new Demoney addition.

Another beneficiary of past grants is the Armstrong Community Center which received money to help replace the roof.

“We are always looking for organizations that collaborate,” Nelson emphasized.

Mary Ann Hoffmeyer of the Emmet County Community Foundation Board of Directors gave a bouquet of flowers to Sue Nelson, foundation chair, for her years of service to the foundation.

Those receiving grants were:


-City of Gruver for playground equipment

-City of Armstrong for community building roof repair

-Estherville Police Department for a defibrillator

-Wallingford Fire Department for equipment

-City of Wallingford for community center renovations


-Estherville Lincoln Central School District for student tutoring

-ELC Parent Action Team for playground equipment


-Regional Wellness Center for disabled and elderly fitness program

-Good Samaritan Center for physical therapy equipment


-Emmet County Kinship for sponsor/youth activities

-PROSPER Team for strengthening families program

-Emmet County Family Resources for family education fair

-Emmet County RSVP for transportation, lunch, learn series

-Emmet County 4H for NXT Robots

-ISU Extension for summer day camp