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Grant recipients gathered for the 2022 Tama County Community Foundation Awards Ceremony on April 21 at the Wieting Theater, where $143,471.35 in grants were awarded to 32 projects from organizations serving Tama County .

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

Community improvement

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

Personal services

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.


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