Boyden, Iowa — Some Sioux County non-profit organizations have received some nice grants.
The Sioux County Community Foundation has just awarded grants totaling $92,330 to twenty-four organizations in support of projects and programs throughout Sioux County. This brings the total grants awarded to over $540,000 since the first grants were made in 2006. Funding for the grant program is a result of County Endowment Fund legislation 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.
Lori Wolkow, SCCF Advisory Board Chair says that the foundation board is pleased to have provided support for so many worthy projects over the years that have truly made a difference in Sioux County communities.
Among the grants were two for ten thousand dollars, and one for nearly ten thousand. The first went to the City of Granville, whose $10,000 grant will support the purchase and installation of new playground equipment that will be handicap accessible.
The Sioux County Library Association will use their $10,000 grant to purchase computers, network equipment, and A-V equipment to provide some meeting rooms with current technology.
The Sioux County Fireman’s Association received $9,819 that will go to purchase one handheld radio for each Fire Station that responds in Sioux County. The Federal Communications Commission has mandated that all public safety entities must switch all their radios to narrowband technology by 2013.
Receiving $5000 grants were:
- Alton Fire Rescue & Ambulance
- Boyden Area Fire Department
- City of Boyden (Park & Rec Department)
- City of Ireton
- City of Rock Valley
- Sioux County Dive Team
- Family Crisis Centers of Northwest Iowa
Fourteen other projects received smaller grants, ranging from one to three thousand dollars.
Here’s the full list:
Arts and Culture
Orange City Arts Council – $1,500
Funding toward the costs of the first ever Festival Latino which will include dance and music groups, “activity stations” targeted primarily to Hispanic and Anglo young people.
Civic and Community
Alton Fire Rescue & Ambulance – – $5,000
Funding to assist with replacing communication pagers in order to be in compliance with the Sioux County Communications Center by 2013 and updating 2 self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA’s).
Boyden Area Fire Department – $5,000
Funds will replace aging personal protective equipment to ensure firefighter safety.
City of Boyden (Park & Rec Department) – $5,000
Funds toward the resurfacing of the town’s only walking/biking trail (1.5 miles of trail in Centennial Park).
City of Granville – $10,000
Support for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment that will be handicap accessible.
City of Ireton – $5,000
Funding toward the installation of camping pads with electricity on the former tennis courts site and replacing the cement on the basketball court area, along with two adjustable basketball backboards.
City of Rock Valley – $2,000
Funding will be used to assist in the replacement of old wooden benches with aluminum bleachers at the Rock Valley Baseball Center.
City of Rock Valley – $5,000
The Rock Valley Fire Department will use the funding to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). Existing units can no longer be certified.
Hull Kiwanis Club – $2,000
Funding toward a new electronic scoreboard for the ballfield that was recently constructed.
Maurice Volunteer Fire Department – $1,000
Funding will assist with the retrofitting of outdated emergency lighting on mini pumper with new LED lighting.
Orange City Park and Recreation Department – $2,000
Funds will assist with the purchase of the playing surface for three new baseball/softball fields for children in grades TK-2nd.
Sioux County Conservation Board – $2,500
Funding for the purchase of three 4’x 3’ Allumicore trail maps to be placed throughout Oak Grove Park as well as colored signs affixed to trees along hiking trails.
Sioux County Dive Team – $5,000
Funds toward the purchase of six full face diver masks with built-in communication abilities and a surface kit to enable communication with other divers or with safety officers on the surface.
Sioux County Fireman’s Association – $9,819
Funding to purchase one handheld radio for each Fire Station that responds in Sioux County. Sioux County fire departments must have all radios narrowband compliant by 2013.
South County Youth Fair Association – $3,000
Funds to assist with the installation 1,500 plus feet of 8 inch tile line to properly drain the parking lot and livestock exhibit area.
Inspiration Hills Camp and Retreat Center – $1,000
Funding will assist with the expansion to the camp’s current Rope Course by building a High Rope “The Raider Bridge”.
Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. / Head Start – $1,400
Support for the purchase of materials and labor to replace an existing storage shed on the Head Start playground used to store outdoor equipment and toys.
Northwest Iowa Community College – $2,111
For the purchase of two Airway Management Trainer Torso manikins to train EMT’s and provide continuing education for First Responders, EMT’s, Paramedics, and other medical professionals.
Sioux County Library Association – $10,000
Funding will purchase computers, network equipment, and A-V equipment to provide meeting rooms with current technology.
West Sioux Schools – $2,000
Funding to purchase items to be placed in sack lunches as part of the Weekend Sack Pack program. 107 students that qualify for free & reduced lunch have signed up to participate in this new program.
Car Ministry of ATLAS – $2,000
Car Ministry of ATLAS’ (CMA) mission is to assist those who need help securing transportation in order to secure or obtain employment or education. CMA will have volunteer mechanics get donated vehicles in best working condition before given away to those in need. Funding will assist with obtaining the dealers license, insurance, tools, and parts.
Family Crisis Centers of Northwest Iowa – $5,000
Funding toward the purchase of furniture and appliances for the Center’s new emergency housing units for victims of violence and human trafficking.
Justice for All, NW Iowa Chapter – $2,500
Funding will assist with purchasing a clothing and cardboard recycling baler. Instead of discarding the extra clothing, will recycle it and create a revenue source by selling the bales.
The Bridge: Transitional Housing – $2,500
Project provides professional rehabilitative and crisis intervention services to disadvantaged, vulnerable, single parent families. Support will assist with purchase of play therapy materials and parent mental health course and materials.
The SCCF was formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation and is governed by a local twelve-member advisory board composed of representatives from each of the communities in Sioux County: Alton, Boyden, Granville, Hawarden, Hospers, Hull, Ireton, Matlock, Maurice, Orange City, Rock Valley, and Sioux Center.
The mission of the SCCF is to encourage and provide opportunities for charitable giving, to manage and distribute funds in a responsible manner, and to enhance the quality of life for the people of Sioux County.