Delaware County awards nonprofits awarded $90,000


From supporting the needs of local families to providing funding for community development, rural communities and nonprofits will receive much needed support thanks to the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County. The Foundation awarded nearly $90,000 in grants to area nonprofits during a June celebration in Manchester. 

"We continue to prioritize projects that strengthen families through educational programs, providing basic necessities, or removing barriers to mental health,” said Nancy Preussner, donor connections coordinator. “As our community recovers, these projects led by nonprofits will play a role in restoring normalcy and vibrancy to our towns and the lives of Delaware County residents."

Grants were awarded to: 

  • Boy Scouts of America NE Iowa Council for an automated external defibrillator (AED) and training – $2,400
  • City of Colesburg for new welcome signs – $3,000
  • City of Dundee for the Dundee Small Free Library – $300
  • City of Earlville Fire and Ambulance for an EMS stair chair ­– $3,500
  • City of Hopkinton for the Hopkinton Hub – $3,500
  • Community Childcare of Manchester for field trip transportation – $666
  • Delaware County Cattlemen for installation of a safety gate for beef cattle handling – $3,000
  • Delaware County Parents as Teachers for Regional Medical Center program – $2,000
  • Delaware County Pay It Forward for the Hope Gap program – $3,000
  • Delaware County Pay It Forward for the Christmas Hope program – $2,000
  • Delaware County Sheriff's Office for the Delaware and Jones County emergency response team – $4,000
  • Delhi Little League for baseball/softball complex netting – $4,000
  • Delhi United Methodist Church for an AED – $2,400
  • Delhi Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders for community AEDs – $2,400
  • Dundee Kids League Inc. for a canopy structure – $4,000
  • Dundee Community Club for a playground – $2,500
  • Edgewood-Colesburg Community Schools for the "STEAM" It Up! – $1,657
  • Families Helping Families of Iowa for program support for Delaware County children in foster care – $2,500
  • Helping Services for Youth & Families for youth mentoring – $2,500
  • Hartwick Lake Ski Club for dock improvements at Schram Pond – $2,500
  • Hopkinton Ambulance Service Organization for an AED and wall mount – $2,400
  • Hopkinton Public Library for Tremendous Tuesdays program – $2,045
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa for behavioral health intervention and therapy services – $2,500
  • Manchester Public Library for an AED – $2,400
  • Maquoketa Valley Alliance for the Hobbs Early Learning Center – $2,500
  • Maquoketa Valley Community School District for personal care items – $500
  • Maquoketa Valley Community School District for health lessons and basic supply needs – $500
  • Maquoketa Valley High School for the Spanish Club ­– $500
  • Operation Santa Claus – $2,500
  • Regional Medical Center for the obstetrics simulation lab – $5,000
  • Riverview Center for a Delaware County Sexual Assault Crisis Response Toolkit ­– $2,500
  • Skilled Craft Integration Program and Legacy Project in partnership with Seedorff Masonry, Inc.  – $4,000
  • Sleep in Heavenly Peace for the Delaware County Chapter – $2,500
  • West Delaware Community School District for the Back to School Fair – $2,500
  • West Delaware High School — Metals Department for the Welding to Build a Better Tomorrow program – $4,000
  • West Delaware High School for special education kitchen updates – $1,233

The Foundation’s grants are made possible because of funds received each year from the State of Iowa County Endowment Program. Seventy-five percent of the money received is granted out, while 25% is maintained in a permanent endowment, with the income to be distributed in future years.

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 Preussner at 563.920.5590 or

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