O’Brien Community Foundation Awards Grants

Date posted - June 17, 2015

Primghar, Iowa — The O’Brien County Community Foundation (OBCCF) recently awarded 27 grants totaling $89,615 to nonprofit organizations and units of local government in support of projects throughout O’Brien County.
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Since the first grants were made in 2006, over $833,877 has been awarded. Funding for the grant program is a result of County Endowment Fund legislation (HF2302) passed in 2005 which provides that a percentage of state gambling revenues be distributed among all Iowa counties that do not have a gambling entity.

The biggest grant this year went to the Calumet Fire Department, in the amount of $10,000. They said they’d use their grant for “‘GEARING’ FOR THE FUTURE”. Receiving grants in the amount of $6,000 were Hartley Community Day Care for renovations, safety, and updating their play toys; and the Sanborn Ambulance crew, for an “Emergency Services Communication Upgrade.” Receiving a $5,800 grant was the RL Johannsen Community Center in Sutherland. Their project’s title is “Seating For The Future.”

Receiving $5000 grants were the Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital Foundation, Kids Kampus Daycare, Little Sioux Valley Conservation Association, the O’Brien County Fair, the Primghar Fire Department, and the Sanborn Fire & Rescue Department. Seventeen other organizations received grants less than $5000. Find the full list below.

The OBCCF was formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation and is governed by a local nine-member advisory board composed of representatives from each of the communities in O’Brien County: Archer, Calumet, Hartley, Paullina, Primghar, Sanborn, Sheldon, and Sutherland; as well as one county-at-large member.

The mission of the O’Brien County Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by encouraging permanent charitable giving to meet the needs of present and future generations.

The following grants were recently awarded by the Community Foundation:

Project Title
American Legion, Post 288Veterans Memorial Rehab Project$500.00
Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital FoundationFeasibility Study for Capital Campaign$5,000.00
Calumet Fire Department"GEARING" FOR THE FUTURE$10,000.00
City of PaullinaTable & Chair Racks$2,000.00
Community Memorial Health CenterMeals on Wheels$815.96
Hartley Community DaycareRenovations, Safety & Update Play Toys$6,000.00
Hartley Emergency Ambulance Rescue TeamZoll AED$2,000.00
Hartley Volunteer Fire DepartmentCommunication and Safety$2,000.00
Hope Haven, Inc.Play Therapy Equipment and Assessment Tools$1,000.00
Iowa College Access NetworkO'Brien County Career & College Readiness$500.00
Kids Express DaycareImprove Energy Efficiency$3,000.00
Kids Kampus DaycareWindow and Door Replacement Project$5,000.00
Little Sioux Valley Conservation AssociationParking Lot Surfacing$5,000.00
O'Brien County ExtensionSTEM Robotic Education $4,000.00
O'Brien County FairRe-roofing 4-H Non-livestock Building$5,000.00
Paullina Fire DepartmentIce Rescue$1,000.00
Primghar Ambulance TeamFerno EZ Glide Evacuation Stair Chair$3,100.00
Primghar Community Building CorporationUpdate the Community Building$2,400.00
Primghar Community PlayhouseReplace Sound System$2,000.00
Primghar Fire DepartmentRESCUE VAN REPLACEMENT$5,000.00
Primghar Public LibraryO'Brien County Bell Microfilm Project$500.00
R.L. Johannsen Community CenterSeating for the Future$5,800.00
Sanborn AmbulanceEmergency Services Communication Upgrade$6,000.00
Sanborn Fire & Rescue DepartmentSanborn Fire & Rescue Firefighter boots$5,000.00
Sanborn Preservation Society, Inc.Audio Visual equipment for Sanborn Carnegie Hall $1,500.00
Sheldon Public LibraryComputer Rejuvenation$3,000.00
Zion/St. John SchoolComputer Lab Purchase$2,500.00
Total Funding $89,615.96

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