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Buchanan County Community Foundation awards $117,075 in grants to local organizations

Buchanan County Community Foundation
June 29, 2017

Buchanan County Community Foundation awards $117,075 in grants to local organizations

June 28, 2017 - The Buchanan County Community Foundation held its annual grant awards ceremony on June 27, announcing the distribution of $118,551 in grants to 27 community projects of area nonprofits and government agencies.

“The work these deserving organizations do to create a stronger Buchanan is critical to making our communities places where everyone can thrive,” said Mark McGarvey, Buchanan County committee chair. “The Buchanan 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:

  • Buchanan County Fair Association, Show Ring Renovation
  • Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. dba Orchestra Iowa, Independence Outreach Concert: Beethoven's Fifth
  • City of Jesup, Jesup Farmers Day - Ice Cream Machine Replacement
  • Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Parking Lot Lighting

Community Betterment:

  • Brandon Area Community Club, Concession Stand Project
  • Buchanan County, Conservation Board - Attention and Beauty at Fontana Park
  • Buchanan County Animal Shelter, Waterproof Safe Kennels
  • Winthrop Commercial and Community Club, Outdoor Multipurpose Recreational Court in Community Park


  • East Buchanan Community School District, Greenhouse For Education
  • Independence Community School District, AV Tech Mobile Audio Upgrade
  • Independence Community School District, Independence FFA Horticultural Demonstration Plot
  • Jesup Community School District, Power Up With STEM
  • St. John Catholic School, Baseball/Softball Field Resurfacing


  • Buchanan County, EMA - Rising Waters


  • City of Jesup, Ambulance Service - Zoll X-Series Cardiac Monitor North Benton Ambulance, Ambulance

Historic Preservation

  • Buchanan County Historical Society, Phase 3 Restoration of Capt. D.S. Lee Mansion
  • Fairbank Historical Society, Replace Furnace and Air Conditioner
  • Littleton and Chatham Historical Society, Collection Preservation & Exhibition
  • St. James' Episcopal Church – Independence, Partial Restoration of 1925 Bennett Pipe Organ

Human Service: 

  • City of Fairbank, Fire Department - Water Rescue
  • City of Independence, Fire Department - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project
  • City of Winthrop, Fire Department - Thermal Imaging
  • Fairbank Community Day Care - Little Island Daycare, Daycare Supplies & Safety Improvements
  • Independence Area Food Pantry, Thanksgiving Holiday Meal
  • Independence Public Library Foundation, Enriching the Lives of our Elders
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, BackPack Program
  • Operation Threshold, Buchanan County Community & Family Services programs (BCC&FS)
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