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Grant Cycle Open for Emmet County

By Staff | Jan 8, 2021

The Emmet County Community Foundation’s 2021 grant application is now open. The online grant application may be found on the Community Foundation’s website at emmetccf.org. The deadline to submit grant applications is 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2021.

Grants may be awarded to projects in the following areas: 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 Emmet County in order to be considered for funding.

First-time grant applicants should contact Dotti Thompson, Program Manager, at 319-243-1358 or at dthompson@cfneia.org prior to submitting an application.

In 2020, a total of $102,275 in discretionary grants were awarded to 21 area nonprofit and government agency projects serving Emmet County. Since 2005, the Emmet County Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants benefiting Emmet County residents and communities.

2020 grant awards included the following:

Community Betterment

Armstrong Betterment Club, Park Improvement, $6,000

City of Ringsted, Legion Auxiliary – Community Center Furnace/AC, $5,000

Emmet County Driftbusters, Groomer and Trail Map Updating, $3,500

Izaak Walton League of Emmet County, Bleacher Seats Rehab, $2,500


North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom, Agriculture Education for Emmet County Schools, $2,000


Emmet County Nature Center Foundation, Multi-Purpose Educational Building, $10,000


Emmet County, Public Health – Healthy Beginnings Family Support, $1,500

Emmet County ISU Extension, Farm Safety Day, $1,205

Lutheran Services in Iowa, Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention in Emmet County, $1,000

Northwest Iowa Mental Health Center (dba Seasons Center), Services for Children in Emmet County, $4,160

Historic Preservation

City of Ringsted, Friends of the Ringsted Library – Digitizing Ringsted Dispatch, $4,000

Emmet County Historical Society, Museum Grounds and Exhibit Improvement, $2,300

Human Service

Armstrong Fire Department, SCBA Fill Station, $10,000

City of Estherville, Police Department – Programs/Equipment, $8,975

City of Gruver, Fire Department – Bunker Gear, $10,000

Emmet County, Emergency Management – Four Gas Monitors, $7,883

Emmet County, Sheriff’s Office – Reserve Protective Equipment Project, $4,425

Emmet County Emergency Responders Association, EMS Training, $5,100

Estherville Firefighters Association Incorporated, Search and Recovery, $5,900

Estherville National Guard, Supporting Families, $1,000

Wallingford Community Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Tools Needed to Better Our Department and Community, $5,827

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Emmet County.