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Benton County Community Foundation awards $112,775 in grants to local organizations

Benton County Community Foundation
August 1, 2017

Benton County Community Foundation awards $112,775 in grants to local organizations

July 26, 2016 - The Benton County Community Foundation held its annual grant awards ceremony on July 25, announcing the distribution of $112,775 in grants to benefit 31 projects of nonprofits and government agencies serving Benton County communities.

“The work these deserving organizations do to create a stronger county is critical to making our communities places where everyone can thrive,” said Ann Jorgensen, Benton County committee chair. “The Benton County Community Foundation is proud to be a partner in their work, and we are thankful for the generosity of community-minded people who make this impact possible.”

Grant recipients and the project the grant will fund are listed below by funding areas.

Art & Culture:

  • Area Community Theater of Benton County, ACT I Palace Theatre Sound System Upgrade
  • Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development Association, Public Art Installation for Downtown Belle Plaine
  • Vinton Community Foundation, Art in the Park 2017

Community Betterment:

  • American Legion Post 148 - Thomas F. Bevins, Legion Remodel
  • American Legion Post 167 – Newhall, Building Handicap Accessibility Project Phase Two
  • Benton County Conservation Foundation, Benton City - Fry Playground
  • City of Newhall, Newhall Library - Children's Area Furniture
  • City of Shellsburg, Shellsburg Library Basement Renovation
  • City of Van Horne, Community Center Parking Expansion
  • Friends of the Urbana Public Library, Urbana Public Library
  • Van Horne First Responders, Community AED Project


  • Iowa College Access Network - East Central Iowa Student Success Center, Benton County FAFSA Challenge


  • The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Oxbow Wetland Restoration to Reduce Vinton Flood Risk - Demonstration Site for County Farmers
  • Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, Middle School Prairie Swale


  • Area Substance Abuse Council, Preventing Youth Substance Abuse/Misuse in Benton County
  • Belle Plaine Area Ambulance, Stryker Power Pro XT 6506 Power Cot
  • North Benton Ambulance Service, EMT Training
  • Van Horne Firemans Association, Self Contained Breathing Apparatus Bottles
  • Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, Sole Sisters Running Club - Shellsburg Elementary
  • Virginia Gay Hospital Health Care Foundation, Hospital Generator

Historic Preservation:

  • Belle Plaine Historical Society, Museum Collection Preservation

Human Service: 

  • Benton County Volunteer Program, Medical Transportation Assistance Program
  • Blairstown Ambulance Service, Automatic External Defibrillators for Benton Community
  • Cedar Valley Friends of the Family, Safe Shelter & Housing Stability
  • Garrison Emergency Services, Kid's Healthy & Safety Fair
  • Genesis Development, Building Relationships Through Community Inclusion
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Leadership and Character Building for Benton County Girls
  • Horizons, Family Service Alliance, Horizons Family Support
  • North Star Community Services, Vinton Drop-In Center Program
  • Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District, Operation Backpack
  • Young Parents Network, YPN Youth Programming
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