32 Osceola County Organizations Split Over $125,000 In Community Foundation Grants

Osceola County, Iowa — Some projects in Osceola County are over $125,000 closer to completion after some grants that were recently announced.

According to the Community Foundation of Osceola County, they have awarded grants totaling $127,300.19 to 32 organizations and communities throughout Osceola County.

Since the Community Foundation of Osceola County was established, nearly $1.5 million has been granted to assist with a wide range of projects in the county. A total of 434 grants have been given out over the 17 years.

For the 2021-2022 grant cycle, 32 organizations received total or partial funding.

1 May City Fire Department Bunker Gear $5,000
2 City of Ocheyedan New alert siren $5,000
3 Sibley Fire Dept Thermal Imaging Camera $5,000
4 Ashton Fire Department Self contain breathing apparatus $5,000
5 Ashton Town and Country Club Snack Shack Expansion $5,000
6 Sibley Parks and Rec Central Park Ball Diamond Dugout Benches/fence $5,000
7 Melvin American Legion Post 470 Veteran Tribute $5,000
8 Melvin Fire Department Replace gear for Melvin Fire Department $5,000
9 Ocheyedan Senior Activity Center Updating the Ocheyedan Senior Activity Center $5,000
10 Tracy House Preservation/bldg exteriors, concrete pad $5,000
11 Ashton Community Center Sound system and surveillance $5,000
12 Girl Scouts Updates to Sibley Legion Building $5,000
13 Osceola County Conservation Upgrades to Ashton Wayside/Melvin DeGraaf Parks $5,000
15 Hawkeye Point Campground concrete pads $5,000
14 Sibley-Ocheyedan Science Club S-O Discovery Gardens Outdoor Classroom Expansion $4,500
16 Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Light bars for Patrol Vehicles $3,750
17 VFW Post 7373 New refrigerators and freezers $3,750
18 American Legion Post 290 SO HS Gym Descending US Flag $3,750
19 Sibley Public Library Community Space for a Gathering Place $3,750
20 Osceola County Livestock Show Memorial Park for past present and future supports of the Osceola County Fair $3,750
21 Deboer Grocery Museum Grounds renovation phase 2 $3,750
22 S-O Band Boosters S-O Band Trailer $3,750
23 Melvin American Legion Auxiliary Replace ramp and new flag box $3,750
24 New Beginnings Flooring $3,750
25 McCallum Museum/Brunson Heritage House Sesquicentennial street pole banners for downtown/farm shed fundraising info sign $3,750
26 Ocheyedan Town Hall Renovation Committee Town hall exterior cleaning project $3,727.50
27 Friends of the Sibley Public Library Adaptable activity tables for active youth $3,375
28 Ashton Public Library Improvement and upgrade of current lighting $2,500
30 Melvin 313 Club Solar lights for new City of Melvin sign $1,992.19
29 Osceola County Freedom Rock Description plaques $1,875
31 Osceola County Emergency Management Oil absorbent booms $1,268.00
32 Foster Grandparent Program of Greater Siouxland Grandparent Volunteer Service Support $562.50

The Community Foundation of Osceola County tells us that they are an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, which provides grant-making guidance and administrative support. The Community Foundation of Osceola County board includes representatives from all over the county. The current board is made up of Ashton representatives Brian Mino and Dan Grote; Harris representatives Amy Muftah and Wayne Boyer; Melvin representatives Kay Wynja and Sarah McCarter; Ocheyedan representatives Joe McElroy and Kevin Hertz; Sibley representatives Lila Hatting and Jerry Johnson; and Osceola County representatives Ed Jones and Jayson VandeHoef. Ex-offico members are Nathan Rockman and Stephanie Neppl.

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