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Butler County Community Foundation Distributes $121,934 to Local Organizations

Butler County Community Foundation
March 27, 2020

The Butler County Community Foundation (BCCF) announced $121,934.37 in grant funding to 31 projects of organizations serving Butler County as part of its 2020 grant cycle.

The grant decisions were determined prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on communities and nonprofits. Nonprofits receiving grants may choose to shift funding to general operating support in response to this public health and economic crisis. The Community Foundation will discuss decisions with nonprofits on a one-on-one basis.

“The Butler County Community Foundation is proud to partner with these nonprofits who are making a difference in our local communities,” said Lisa Schmitz, chair of the BCCF governing committee. “While the Community Foundation is not able to hold its first award celebration as planned due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, grant checks will be mailed and we look forward to seeing the impacts in Butler County.”

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

Community Betterment

  • American Legion Tack-Barnett Post 268, Broiler Hood and Fan Replacement, $5,000
  • Bristow Betterment, Concrete, $8,000
  • City of Allison, Library - Color Copier, $2,127.66
  • City of Aplington, Community Club - Digital Signage, $6,000
  • City of Aredale, Clerk's Office - Clerkbooks, $2,300
  • City of Clarksville, Volunteer Park Improvements, $7,000
  • City of Dumont, Library - Automatic Door Openers, $5,000
  • City of Greene, Library - Computer Replacement Program, $2,784
  • City of New Hartford, New Hartford Community Splash Pad, $10,000
  • City of Parkersburg, Downtown Beautification and Mural, $4,000
  • City of Shell Rock, Aquatic Center - Furniture & Safety Equipment, $10,000


  • Butler County, Conservation Board - Heery Woods Nature Center Expansion Project, $5,577.71
  • Clarksville Community School District, Breaking Out of the Ordinary, $1,550


  • City of Allison, Park Board - Dickman Reserve Expansion and Development, $6,000

Historic Preservation

  • Parkersburg Historical Society, Wolf Mansion NE Tower Tuck Pointing, $6,000

Human Service

  • Access, Incorporated, Public Transportation Assistance, $1,275
  • Allison Area Foster Parent Support Group, Family Events for Area Foster Families , $1,000
  • American Legion Auxiliary Tack-Barnett Post 268, BSA Troop 1076, $1,000
  • American Legion Tack-Barnett Post 268, Boy Scout Troop 1026, $1,000
  • Butler County, EMA - Resource Transportation Needs, $3,000
  • Butler County Community Planning Group Visions of Well Being, Christmas Cheer, $3,820
  • City of Aredale, Fire Department - Update Air Compressor and Other Gear, $5,500
  • City of Bristow, Fire Department - Bunker Gear Racks and Storage System, $2,000
  • City of Clarksville, Fire Department - Airpack Rehabilitation, $1,500
  • City of Dumont, Fire Department - Cribbing Materials, LED Emergency Vehicle Scene Light, and Laptop Computer, $5,000
  • Families Helping Families of Iowa, Spread Your Wings: Fostering Hope for Iowa's Children in Foster Care, $1,000
  • KidQuest PreSchool & Daycare, Playground Enhancement, $4,000
  • Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Butler County Congregate and Home Delivered Meals Program, $1,000
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Butler County BackPack Program, $5,000
  • St. James Lutheran Church, Allison Food Pantry, $3,000
  • The Larrabee Center, Employment Support Services - Butler County, $1,500

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Butler County. Committee members include: Rusty Eddy, Jennifer Heeren, Ursula Hoegsberg, Deb Homer, Jerry Orr, Mindy Pecha, Carly Pollock, Nancy Rieken and Lisa Schmitz (chair).

Grants are awarded through Butler County Community Foundation’s competitive grant process to projects in the program areas of: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Butler County in order to be considered for funding. The 2021 grant cycle opens November 1, 2020 with an application deadline of December 31. The grant guidelines and application will be posted prior to the cycle opening at

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