Clayton County nonprofits awarded nearly $24,000


From supporting local families to funding community development, rural communities and nonprofits work hard to build a strong Clayton County. That’s why the Clayton County Foundation for the Future is proud to announce that area nonprofits have been awarded $23,693 in grants to support their efforts. 

“It is inspiring to be in a room filled with people working so passionately to improve quality of life in Clayton County for all who live here,” Emily Sadewasser, foundation coordinator, told attendees at this month’s grant awards ceremony. More than 60 donors, fundholders and nonprofit representatives attended the event at the George Maier Rural Heritage Center in Elkader. 

These grants were made possible by endowments in the Foundation’s family of funds. Endowed funds are permanently invested, and annual earnings pay out to support special projects and organization sustainability, forever. This year’s grants were supported by payouts from the Acts 20:35 Blessed to Give Endowment, Andrea Bockenstedt Live Your Life Endowment, Clayton County Foundation for the Future Endowment, Dan Barton Family Endowment, Leroy and Colleen Darby Family Endowed Donor-Advised Fund, Watson-Rugland Family Endowment for Clayton County, and Dr. Russell and Juanita Loven Endowment. 

Grants were awarded to: 

  • MFL MarMac Community School District for middle school greenhouse and courtyard restoration
  • Guttenberg Economic and Industrial Development Committee for community resource building
  • Elkader Child Care and Learning Center for Brightwheel Childcare software
  • Central Community School District for Downtown Drone: Student FPV Marketing
  • Family's Helping Hand for food pantry needs
  • Clayton County Conservation Board for environmental education enrichment with a native animal exhibit
  • City of Monona for paving the butterfly trail
  • Friends of the Marquette Driftless Area for Driftless Area Wetlands Centre youth enrichment programs
  • Kids Kampus for a Cozy Comfort Corner
  • Friends of the Volga Public Library for a Creation Station Publishing Center
  • Strawberry Point Ball Fields Inc. for Strawberry Point Fields and Dreams: Empowering Youth through Baseball and Education
  • Brown's Hometown Victory Ford Foundation for Reading 4 A Reason incentive prize program for Clayton Ridge and Elkader Schools
  • Motor Mill Foundation for Motor Mill Phase 1 Implementation
  • Ewalu Camp & Retreat Center for Cedar at 60 campaign
  • Seva Health: Center for Wellbeing for Peace for Your Mind
  • Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association for Clayton County Foot Clinics
  • City of Volga for Volga U campground registration area/dump station access improvements
  • Boy Scouts of America Northeast Iowa Council for six essential hiking kits
  • Iowa College Access Network for raising attainment levels in education and the workforce
  • Northeast Iowa Area on Aging-Waterloo for NEI3A Clayton County
  • Elkader Depot Project for a window treatment project
  • McGregor Marquette Center for the Arts for 2023 Fall Art Festival
  • Whistlin' Bit Saddle Club for 75th Anniversary Celebration
  • Riverview Center for Clayton County sexual assault crisis response
  • Clayton County Energy District for clean energy education for younger clayton county library patrons
  • Guttenberg Chamber of Commerce for electric bikes to Guttenberg

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 support local needs, contact Sadewasser at 563-880-6044 or

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