Sibley, Iowa — Over $120,000 in grants will be given out this week at a ceremony in Harris on Tuesday, January 21st.
The Community Foundation of Osceola County will award the grants to 37 organizations at an awards ceremony at the Harris Community Center at 5:30 p.m. that evening. The award recipients, foundation members, and the general public are all invited to attend.
The Community Foundation of Osceola County says they are committed to improving the quality of life throughout Osceola County by investing in area nonprofits through their grant programs and by providing individuals, families and area businesses who love their communities with a way to give back.
Iowa counties’ community foundations are given money if they do not have a casino or betting track in the county. The law stipulates that such counties are eligible to receive one-half of one percent of the state’s gross gambling receipts. The community foundations also accept donations and estate endowments.
Osceola County Economic Development Director Stephanie Neppl is one of the people who help the foundation, and she says the Community Foundation of Osceola County exists to help concerned individuals mobilize charitable giving to support the betterment of Osceola County communities and organizations. The foundation is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, a nonprofit, providing financial management, strategic development and educational services to communities, organizations and donors throughout Osceola County.
Neppl tells us grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and government entities serving Osceola County. Grant selections are made in an effort to create a better quality of life for people in Osceola County. The local governing committee reviews the applications from charitable organizations serving their community.
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.