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Howard County Community Foundation Distributes Over $99,000 to Local Nonprofit Organizations

Howard County Community Foundation
March 15, 2021

The Howard County Community Foundation (HCCF) has granted $99,138.73 to 30 projects of organizations serving Howard County through its 2021 grant cycle.

“The Howard County Community Foundation Governing Committee would like to thank all those who applied for grants. We are excited to be a part of a Foundation helping to fund projects that will improve the lives of all of us here in Howard County,” said Ronda Hughes, chair of the HCCF governing committee.

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

Arts & Culture

  • Howard County Farm Bureau, Howard County Farm Bureau Mural, $3,000
  • Lime Springs Lidtke Mill Historical Site, Lidtke Mill Gate Repair, $3,370
  • Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation, Birthplace Farm Site Shelter and Bathrooms Construction Project, $11,500
  • Notre Dame Church and School, Howard County Fair Stand Improvements, $3,000
  • Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, Pleasant Hill Cemetery Chapel Restoration, $3,000
  • Riceville Community Foundation, WA TAN YE - Saving Howard County's Legacy, $3,305

Community Betterment

  • City of Cresco, Fire Department - Fire Department Building/Grounds Improvements, $7,500
  • City of Cresco, Parks & Recreation - Kessel Park Dugouts, $3,000
  • City of Cresco, Police Department - National Night Out 2021, $1,500
  • City of Elma, ECC Renovation of Multi-Purpose Room/City Clerk’s Office/Bathrooms, $15,000
  • City of Lime Springs, Fire Department - LED Emergency Light Bars, $2,500
  • City of Lime Springs, Library - Adult and Children Programming 2021, $1,700
  • City of Lime Springs, Pool - Square Picnic Tables, $1,000
  • City of Protivin, Fire Department - Turnout Gear, $4,000
  • Firefighters of Elma, Ice Rescue Equipment, $3,000
  • Howard County, Sheriff's Office - Radio Upgrade, $2,250

Education & Youth Development

  • Helping Services for Youth & Families, Youth Mentoring at Helping Services, $1,000
  • Howard-Winneshiek School District, Crestwood Elementary - Amplification Systems in the Elementary Classroom, $4,160
  • Howard-Winneshiek School District, Crestwood High School - 3D Printing in the High School Art Program, $2,000
  • Riceville Community School, Pre-K-12 - Break Space, $2,500
  • Trinity Catholic School, Lower Elementary - iPad Update and Projectors, $2,750

Environment & Animal Welfare

  • Cresco Wildlife Club, Air Conditioning Project, $3,000
  • Fish & Game Club, Handicap Dock, $3,000
  • Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail Association, Creating Oxygen, Shelter and Health in Howard County, $3,160


  • American Red Cross - Blood Services, 2021 Blood Drive Rent for Riceville Community Center, $1,000
  • Regional Health Services of Howard County, Rural Clinic Exam Table Replacement Tops Project, $1,500

Human Service

  • Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Howard County Congregate and Home Delivered Meals Program, $1,000
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Feeding Communities in Howard County, $2,500
  • Riceville Community Foundation, Elf Shop, $1,943.73
  • Riverview Center, Howard County Sexual Assault/Abuse Crisis Intervention Program, $1,000

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Howard County. Committee members include: Alice Back, Kristen Burke, Rosalie Christensen, Brooke Cray, Becky Fritcher, Elaine Govern, Ronda Hughes (chair), Ryan Manske, Kip Powers, Shirley Sovereign, Bruce Weigel and Jim Zajicek.

Grants are awarded through HCCF’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 Howard County in order to be considered for funding. The 2022 grant cycle opens December 1 with an application deadline of January 31, 2022. The grant guidelines and application can be found at

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