Melvin, Iowa — Over $95,000 in grants will be given in Melvin later this month.
The Community Foundation of Osceola County will award the grants to 29 organizations as it celebrates its 13th year with an awards ceremony. The celebration will take place at the Melvin American Legion Community Center on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. The award recipients, local media, foundation members and the general public are all invited to attend.
Foundation spokesperson Stephanie Neppl says that the mission of the foundation is to foster private giving, strengthen service providers and improve conditions of the Osceola County area. To these ends, it will promote endowment building, community, grantmaking, organizational collaboration and public leadership for the benefit of the Osceola County area. The Endow Iowa Program is a legislative initiative designed to foster the investment of philanthropic resources into communities across the state. Funding comes from gambling profits and is distributed to qualified foundations in counties without gambling enterprises.
She tells us that the grants to be announced on February 21st total $95,121.72 in funds from the County Endowment Fund Program.
The Community Foundation of Osceola County helps address immediate community and non-profit needs. The foundation partners with communities and non-profit organizations to help them fund programs and projects that might otherwise go unfunded.
Neppl says that since 2007, the Community Foundation of Osceola County has awarded more than a million dollars to local non-profit and community improvement groups for projects all over Osceola County.