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Enhance Henry County Community Foundation awards 24 grants

Photo courtesy of Dave Schneider

The Enhance Henry County Commuinity Foundation awarded $120,000 in grants to 24 Henry County organizations during a special celebration Tuesday at the Union Block Building in Mt. Pleasant.
Photo courtesy of Dave Schneider The Enhance Henry County Commuinity Foundation awarded $120,000 in grants to 24 Henry County organizations during a special celebration Tuesday at the Union Block Building in Mt. Pleasant.

The Enhance Henry County Community Foundation presented grants totaling $120,000 to 24 county organizations on Tuesday.

According to a news release from the foundation, an estimated 20,000 people will benefit from the 14th round of grants. The grant awards ceremony was held at the Union Block Building in Mt. Pleasant. The event was open to the public.

“Our foundation received a total of $135,202,” foundation President Robert Meyer said. “Twenty-five percent of this was restricted to permanent endowment and 75 percent was required to be released through local competitive grant making. In addition, we took $22,788 from our endowment earnings and granted them as well.”

The foundation was organized by representatives from throughout Henry County to help communities and nonprofit organizations. As an affiliate foundation, it can assist donors who wish to make outright and testamentary gifts of support to the foundation or other charitable organizations in the county.

“We received grant applications totaling $327,232,” Meyer said. “We only wish that we had more resources at the foundation because we know there are many needs and worthy projects throughout the county.”

The foundation received applications from 27 organizations. Of the applications, 24 local organizations received grants.

Receiving grants were: Healthy Henry County Communities, $4,000, increasing healthy behaviors; City of Rome, $2,000, Rome Park Welcome Sign; Winfield Community Development Group, $4,500, veterans building renovation; City of Salem, $5,000, upgrades to city buildings; Henry County Child Advocacy Council, $3,000, Safe Kids/Safe Families; Mt. Pleasant Community School Foundation, $7,500, Paving the Way to Outdoor Pickleball; Help to Others, $5,000, gift cards and assistance; Old Thresher Foundation, $5,000, new electrical pedestals; Winfield /Mount Union Community School District, $5,000, WMU softball field update; City of New London, $12,000, park shelter house; Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, $3,000, guest artist in residence; American Legion Post No. 58 Bobby Tribby, $2,500, community room tables and chairs; Mt. Pleasant Arts IMPACT, $5,000, portable community art gallery; City of Wayland, $5,000, holiday decorations upgrade; Faith Christian Outreach Center (Cradle of Hope), $2,500, earn while you learn; Mt. Pleasant Music Boosters, $5,000, MIC me up; Dover Historical Society, $2,000, two showcases; New London Community School District, $7,500, auditorium presentation update; New London Junior Baseball Association, $5,000, enhance disability access; Mt. Pleasant Christian School, $5,500, Fine arts/stage upgrade; Henry County Habitat For Humanity, $5,000, house build No. 27; Young House Family Services, $5,000, Christamore student flexibility seating; Midwest Old Settlers and Threshers Association, $10,000, Prairie Gem Church restoration; City of Hillsboro, $7,000, handicapped access and senior housing improvement.