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Winneshiek County Community Foundation Celebrates Local Organizations at Grant Ceremony

Winneshiek County Community Foundation
October 17, 2019

The Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF) held its 2019 grant ceremony at T-Bocks Sports Bar & Grill on October 16, celebrating the distribution of $125,951.21 in grants to 30 projects of organizations serving Winneshiek County.

“The impact these dollars will make in Winneshiek County is important to highlight,” said Steve Johnson, WCCF committee chair. “The projects that have been funded fall into areas that are key to strengthening and creating more vibrant communities, and the Winneshiek County Community Foundation is thrilled to be a part of that effort.”

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

Community Betterment

  • Calmar Senior Club, Calmar Senior Center Rejuvenation, $3,940.97
  • City of Calmar, Calmar Area Swim Team Lane Lines, $1,919.80
  • City of Calmar, Calmar City Park Restroom Project, $7,056.07
  • City of Decorah (Library), Community Classroom, $1,950.45
  • City of Decorah (Parks and Rec Department), Vennehjem Playground Project, $5,000
  • Winneshiek County (Law Enforcement), Cellebrite Proposal, $6,000
  • Winneshiek County (Recycling Department), Winneshiek County American Flag Disposal Container, $1,135
  • Winneshiek County Agricultural Association, Cement Walkway, $1,200


  • Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation, NICC for Kids, $5,000
  • South Winneshiek Community School District, Preschool Fence, $5,000
  • St. Teresa Calcutta Catholic School, READ: Travel Without Leaving School, $6,000
  • Winneshiek County (Conservation Board), Environmental Education Supply Updates, $3,000


  • Aase Haugen Senior Services, Hi-Low Roll-Off Beds Improve Quality of Life and Safety for Senior Residents, $6,000
  • Winneshiek Medical Center Foundation, Ambulance Services - Patient Safety, $7,056.08

Historic Preservation

  • Porter House Museum, Restoring the Porch and Windows, $4,600
  • Winneshiek County Historical Society, Landers-Adams-Bodensteiner Window Restoration, $5,000

Human Service

  • City of Fort Atkinson (Fort Atkinson Fire Department), Pagers and Hoods, $3,312
  • City of Ossian (Fire Department), Turnout Gear, $7,000
  • City of Protivin (Fire Department), Rope and Litter Rescue Equipment, $1,000
  • Decorah Community Food Pantry, Feeding the Community in Need: Farmer's Market Coupon Program and Support of Food Pantry, $5,000
  • Decorah Quilts of Valor, 2019 Veterans Day Presentations, $3,711.84
  • Helping Services for Youth & Families, Youth Mentoring at Helping Services, $4,281
  • Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Winneshiek County Home Delivered Meals Program, $5,000
  • Northeast Iowa Community Action, Earl Public Transit Computer Security Project, $5,000
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Winneshiek County BackPack Program, $6,000
  • Ossian De Sales Child Care Center, Office Updates, $2,678
  • Ridgeway Rural Fire Department, Personal Safety Gear, $2,415
  • Riverview Center, Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Response, $4,195
  • Sunflower Child Development Center Board, Kitchen Upgrade/Remodel, $5,000
  • Thunder Rode, Inc., Premier Accredited Center Equipment, $1,500

Grants are awarded through WCCF’s competitive grant process. Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Winneshiek County. Grants may be awarded 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 Winneshiek County in order to be considered for funding.

The 2020 grant cycle opens November 15 with an application deadline of January 10, 2020. Grant guidelines and applications can be found at

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