April 22, 2022 – The Tama County Community Foundation (TCCF) held its 2022 Grants Awards Ceremony at the Wieting Theater on April 21, announcing the distribution of $143,471.35 to 32 projects from organizations serving the county of Tama throughout its 2022 grant cycle.
“Congratulations to the 2022 Tama County Community Foundation grant recipients! We are proud to partner with these organizations as they serve the needs of our county and work to create stronger communities for all,” said Sara Forrester, Chair of the TCCF Steering Committee.
The grant recipient organization, the grant-funded project, and the grant amount are listed below by funding area.
Arts & Culture
Town of Traer, Winding Stairs Festival – Equipment, $1,995
STC Music Amplifiers, Stands, $12,500.60
Wieting Opera Housing Company, Wieting Stage Lights, $5,500
Wolf Creek players, theater running expenses, $5,000
City of Chelsea, Fire Department – Air Packs, $15,000
City of Chelsea, Library – Sidewalk guardrail, $7,422
City of Gladbrook, Fire Department – Saw K12, $1,500
City of Toledo, Fire Department – Fire Safety, $8,000
City of Toledo, Police Department – Body Cameras, $4,392.50
Dysart Community Betterment Corporation, Dysart Vision Committee – Main Street Pocket Park, $7,500
Tama County – Auditor, Tama County Tourism – Marketing 2022, $4,250
Toledo Library Foundation, Fantasy/Sci-Fi Book Improvement Project, $2,000
Education and Youth Development
Al Éxito, Al Éxito Tama: Tama Student Success, $4,150
Crayon Corner Learning Center, floor registers, $1,500
Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Tama County Girl Scout Leadership Experience, $1,000
North Tama County Community School District, Athletic Department – Basketball Equipment Upgrade, $6,820
North Tama County Community School District, Elementary – Book Vending Machine, $5,850
Our Sacred Space, Inc., Summer 2022 Day Camp, $1,352
Pied Piper Preschool and Child Care, Chain Link Fence, $5,000
Tama County 4-H, Agriculture Awareness – Goats and Poultry, $1,050
Environment and animal welfare
Tama County – Auditor, Conservation – TF Clark Park Improvements, $4,500
Tama County Humane Society Sterilization and Sterilization Funding, $4,500
ISU Tama County Outreach and Outreach Office, Gardening with the Elderly, $4,239.25
Child Abuse Prevention Services, Inc., Adolescent Sexual Health, $1,250
Gladbrook Peace United Church of Christ, Church Defibrillator, $1,200
Iowa River Hospice, care day, $6,500
Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support, Tama County Victim Housing Services, $3,000
Central Iowa Residential Services, Inc., Tama Opportunity Center (TOC) and customer needs, $2,000
Families Helping Families in Iowa, Tama County Foster Care Program Support, $2,500
Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Feeding Communities, $8,000
The Compassionate Friends (Marshalltown), Bulletin, $1,000
Traer United Presbyterian Church – Traer, Christian Hands Across Traer (CHAT), $3,000
Grant decisions are determined by a local committee made up of Tama County volunteers. Committee members are: Gloria Fonseca, Sara Forrester (Chair), Dixie Forcht, Darvin Graham, Mary Ann Gregory, Melanie Kemper and Chris Schafer.
Grants are awarded through TCCF’s competitive grant process to projects in the areas of arts and culture program, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health and social services. Grant applicants must be a designated 501(c)(3) organization or government entity serving Tama County in order to be considered for funding. The 2023 grant cycle opens on November 1, 2022, with an application deadline of January 15, 2023. Grant guidelines and application are available at www.tamaccf.org.