Clayton County Foundation for the Future awards nearly $18,000 to local nonprofits

The Clayton County Foundation for the Future awarded $17,823 to area nonprofits through its 2020 grant cycle. The Foundation board will consider rescheduling the grant award celebration when health conditions allow. Nonprofits will receive checks as scheduled to continue their work serving the community.

"Many current needs and actions in our communities are driven by the pandemic, and our nonprofits are working to address those as well as ongoing needs,” said Emily Sadewasser, foundation coordinator. “When our community begins recovering, these projects led by nonprofits will play a role in restoring normalcy and vibrancy to our communities and the lives of Clayton County residents."

Grant funding was made possible by donations to the Clayton County Foundation for the Future Endowment, the Leroy and Colleen Darby Family Endowed Donor-Advised Fund, the A.J. Spiegel Endowment Fund, the Dan Barton Family Endowment, the Watson-Rugland Family Endowment for Clayton County, Dr. Andy and M.J. Smith, and the Dr. Russell and Juanita Loven Endowment.

Donors who give to endowments may benefit from the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit in addition to federal charitable income tax deductions. For more information about giving to local nonprofits through the Foundation, contact Sadewasser at

The grant awards are: 

Funded by the Clayton County Foundation for the Future Endowment with assistance from the A.J. Spiegel Endowment Fund and the Dan Barton Family Endowment

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development — $1,000
River Bluffs Scenic Byway: Engaging Visitors Project

Garnavillo Historical Society — $1,000
A New Look to the Past

City of Guttenberg — $1,000
Vet’s Field Bleachers

City of McGregor/Turner Park Splash Pad Committee — $1,000
Turner Park: Fitness for All Ages Splash Pad Project

VCTC, Inc. — $1,000
University of Iowa Partnership

Funded by the Leroy and Colleen Darby Family Endowed Donor-Advised Fund

Clayton County Conservation Board — $1,000
Habitat Wall & Mural Enrichment 

Motor Mill Foundation — $1,000
Motor Mill Sesquicentennial Internship

Friends of the Marquette Driftless Area — $1,000
Nature Discovery Nook for Kids

Monona Chamber & Economic Development — $1,000
Monona Gateway Park Campground All-Accessible Playground

Clayton County Community Collaboration Council — $1,000
Youth Leadership and Building Adult Awareness

City of Monona - Butterfly Gardens & Trail Committee — $1,000
Renew 2020

Elkader Depot Project - $1,000
Elkader Depot Project

Council Hill Cemetery - $1,000
Tombstone Restoration and Cemetery Maintenance

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging - $1,000
Clayton County Congregate and Home Delivered Meals

Funded Dr. Andy and M.J. Smith 

Guttenberg Heritage Society — $892.50
Obtain Museum Management Software and Hardware

Kids Kampus Community Childcare — $1,000
Six-Seat Buggy

Funded by the Dr. Russell & Juanita Loven Endowment Fund

Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce — $1,000
Guttenberg Promotional Videos

Funded by the Watson-Rugland Family Endowment for Clayton County 

Colesburg Firefighters Association — $930.85
Fire Helmet Lights