Clayton County Foundation for the Future awards nearly $20,000 to local nonprofits

The Clayton County Foundation for the Future awarded $19,684 to area nonprofits through its 2021 grant cycle. The Foundation’s advisory board looks forward to rescheduling the grant award celebration when health conditions allow. Nonprofits will receive checks as scheduled to continue their work serving the community.

“We are excited to support the good work of nonprofits throughout Clayton County, and grateful for our partnerships with many responsive local donors,” says Andy Reimer, board chair. “This year’s grants touch communities across the county in a variety of ways.”

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

“In March, the community lost a great friend in Colleen Darby. The legacy she and her husband, Leroy, have established will live on through their endowment funds supporting the Foundation’s work in communities across our county,” says MJ Smith, director of affiliate foundations for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

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 Emily Sadewasser at

The grant awards are: 

Funded by the Clayton County Foundation for the Future Endowment

City of Guttenberg
Duwe Field Park Playground Project

Clayton County Development Group
Housing Needs Assessment for Clayton County

Edgewood Board of Economic Development
Edgewood Viking Loop Trail Project

Friends of the Marquette Driftless Area
Driftless Area Wetlands Centre Youth Enrichment After School Program

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

City of Monona - Butterfly Gardens & Trail Committee
Refresh the Gardens

Clayton County Community Collaboration Council
5C Substance Use Education Initiatives

Elkader Depot Project

Garnavillo Community Daycare
Adult/Child AED Unit

George Maier Rural Heritage Center 
A Soldier’s Story

Iowa College Access Network 
Student and Educator Support During and Post COVID-19

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development
Bluffs, Brooks & Byways: A Podcast Highlighting the Best of Clayton County

Monona Chamber & Economic Development
Monona Butterfly Trail Kiosks & Trailheads

Motor Mill Foundation
Motor Mill Stable Grand Opening

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging 
Clayton County Congregate and Home Delivered Meals

Riverview Center 
Clayton County Sexual Assault Crisis Response

VCTC, Inc.
Seating for Spectators on West Side of River

Funded by the Dan Barton Family Endowment 

City of Volga
River Bluffs Reflection Park Access Road and Parking Area

Funded by the Dr. Russell & Juanita Loven Endowment Fund

City of Guttenberg
Guttenberg Pickleball Courts Project

Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce
Cassville Ferry Sign

Funded by the Watson-Rugland Family Endowment for Clayton County 

City of McGregor
McGregor Hiking Trail Wayfinding Signage