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Tama County Community Foundation Awards $126,427 in Grants to Local Organizations

Tama County Community Foundation
April 18, 2019

The Tama County Community Foundation held its annual grant awards ceremony on April 17, announcing the distribution of $126,427 in grants to 50 area nonprofits and government agencies.

“The work these deserving organizations do to create a stronger county is critical to making our communities places where everyone can thrive,” said Greg Pettiecord, Tama County Community Foundation committee chair. “The Tama 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

  • Cedar Valley Chamber Music, Trinitas Ensemble Concert at Traer Public Library, $350
  • City of Gladbrook, Gladbrook Theater - Cinema Media Server, $3,500
  • Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Interpretive Panel to Honor Lincoln Highway Pioneer Henry Ostermann, $1,542
  • South Tama County Schools, Theater Arts - Drama Shed Shelving, $1,000
  • STC Music Boosters, STC High School Marching Band Uniforms, $5,000
  • Tama County, Livestock and Fair Association - Water Line Repair/Replacement, 1,000
  • Wieting Opera Housing Company, Ancillary Items for Phase II, $3,800
  • Wolf Creek Players, Camp Creamery 2019, $1,000

Community Betterment

  • City of Chelsea, Community Hall - Stove, Chairs & Ceiling Fans, $3,000
  • City of Chelsea, Library - Mobile Bookshelves, $2,500
  • City of Chelsea, Pole Mounted Christmas Ornaments, $1,000
  • City of Clutier, Library – Siding, $3,300
  • City of Garwin, Community Safety and Preparedness Project, $5,300
  • City of Gladbrook, Library - Storage/Backroom Remodel, $550
  • City of Tama, Eagles - Building Updates, $3,000
  • City of Tama, Laserfiche Software, $1,000
  • City of Tama, Tama-Toledo Aquatic Center PA System, $2,250
  • City of Tama, VFW - Mechanical Repairs and Replacements, $2,000
  • City of Toledo, STC Joint Recreation Board, $4,000
  • City of Traer, Chamber of Commerce - Lighted Christmas Display in Taylor Park, $500
  • City of Traer, Traer Memorial Building - Kitchen Updates, $4,851
  • Dysart Community Betterment Corporation, Vision Dysart - Community Informational Kiosk, $2,000
  • Tama County, Tama County Tourism - Marketing 2019, $3,234
  • Tama County Humane Society, Dog Run Repairs, $2,300


  • Al Exito , Al Exito Tama: Toward Success Tama, $500
  • Crayon Corner Learning Center, Security Camera System , $3,000
  • Gladbrook American Legion Auxiliary, Tama County Government Day, $500
  • Iowa College Access Network, Life After High School - Education and Training for All, $1,000
  • South Tama County Schools, Archery Club – Equipment, $2,400
  • South Tama County Schools, High School and Middle School - Interactive Displays, $2,500


  • Tama County, Conservation - Science Curriculum Bins, $7,000


  • City of Dysart, Ambulance Service - Cardiac Care and Arrest Response Improvement Project, $5,000

Historic Preservation

  • Dysart Historical Society, Dysart Historical Museum Roof Replacement Project, $5,000
  • Gladbrook American Legion Post 0127, Grave Marker Project, $1,750,
  • Tama County Historical Society, Digitizing Historic Newspapers, $2,500

Human Service

  • Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support, Tama County Victim, $2,000
  • Central Iowa Residential Services, Tama Opportunity Center and Tama County Residential Services Client Needs, $2,000
  • City of Chelsea, Fire Department - Protective Clothing, $3,000
  • City of Gladbrook, Fire Department - Positive Pressure Fan, $1,000
  • City of Tama, Police Department - Silent Dispatching Mobile/Desk Top, $4,000
  • City of Tama, Tama Fire Department -  Bunker Gear, $3,000
  • City of Toledo, Police Department - Body Camera Upgrade, $3,600
  • MIW, Cabinet, $500
  • North Star Community Services, Improving Service Delivery through Technology, $1,000
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Elderly Nutrition Program in Tama County, $3,000
  • Pied Piper Preschool and Child Care, Floor Savers, Service Cart, Lidded Garbage Containers, $1,200
  • Tama County, AED Heart Program, $5,000
  • Tama County, Maternal Health and Nest Program, $5,000
  • Tama County ISU Extension & Outreach Office, 4-H Swine Grant Recipients Pay It Forward to Help Tama County Food Pantries, $1,000
  • Traer United Presbyterian Church, Christian Hands Across Traer, $2,000
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