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Buchanan County Community Foundation Distributes $113,937 to Local Organizations

Buchanan County Community Foundation
June 14, 2021

The Buchanan County Community Foundation announced $113,937.91 in grant funding to 13 projects of organizations serving Buchanan County as part of its 2021 grant cycle.

The Community Foundation will not hold its annual award celebration this year. Grant checks will be mailed directly to the nonprofit organizations.

“The Buchanan County Community Foundation is proud to support these nonprofit agencies and government organizations to ensure they are able to offer the programs and services which create more vibrant communities for all people in Buchanan County,” said Pete Gaumer, chair of the Buchanan County Community Foundation.

Grant recipient organization, project the grant will fund, and grant amount are listed below by funding areas.

Community Betterment

  • Buchanan County, Sheriff's Office - Public Safety Equipment, $7,970
  • Buchanan County Economic Development, Buchanan County ED Entrepreneur Lab, $1,300
  • City of Hazleton, Skate Park Committee - Hazleton Skate Park, $15,000
  • Independence Public Library Foundation, Let's Move! Let's Create!, $3,473.93

Education & Youth Development

  • East Buchanan Community School District, Tools for School, $2,894.82
  • St. John School, Playground Reconstruction, $14,999.16
  • The Set Me Free Project, Buchanan Expansion Project, $2,500

Environment & Animal Welfare

  • Buchanan County, Conservation - Bison and Prairie Learning Center, $20,000
  • River Road Rescue Sanctuary, River Road Rescue Sanctuary Transport, $10,000

Human Service

  • Families Helping Families of Iowa, Supporting Buchanan County Foster Children, $7,000
  • Independence Area Food Pantry, Food Pantry Remodel, $8,800
  • Iowa Heartland Habitat for Humanity, Critical Home Repairs, $10,000
  • Operation Threshold, Buchanan County Crisis Assistance, $10,000

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Buchanan County. Committee members include: Tricia Beatty, Brad Bleichner, Donna Boos, Heather Federspiel, Pete Gaumer (chair), Dawn Kress, Denise Lehman, Beth Ownby, Ben Stanford, Annie Vander Werff and Kristy Ward.

Grants are awarded through Buchanan County Community Foundation’s competitive grant process to projects in the program areas of: arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health, and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Buchanan County in order to be considered for funding. The 2022 grant cycle opens February 1, 2022, with an application deadline of April 1, 2022. The grant guidelines and application will be posted prior to the cycle opening at

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