Dyersville Area Community Foundation grants nearly $40,000 to local nonprofits

The Dyersville Area Community Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling nearly $40,000 to local nonprofits for community development, health and safety, and supporting youth and families through education and basic necessities.

Grants are supported by donations to the Community Foundation’s endowment fund. 

The Foundation held an award celebration on Wednesday, October 20 at O’ So Good Winery in Dyersville with food provided by J&D Catering and Iowa Country Boards. The event was sponsored by Community Savings Bank, English Insurance, Fidelity Bank & Trust, Honkamp Krueger & Co., ITC, Maquoketa Valley Electric/MVlink, Midwest One Bank and Mediacom.

“We are here tonight to acknowledge the wonderful work our local nonprofits do to contribute to our neighborhoods. I think we can all agree that, especially in rural areas, our nonprofits are hugely important to our communities,” said Michelle Grover, the Foundation’s executive director. “We need our hospitals, libraries, schools and fire departments as well as all our nonprofits to be around for years to come. We want our children and grandchildren to experience the opportunities and benefits our nonprofits provide.”

Along with supporting nonprofits through grantmaking, the Foundation provides funding for the Dyersville Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and the work of its coordinator, Jessica Pape, to ensure area students continue to meet important benchmarks in reading, practice good school attendance, and have opportunities for summer learning.

The Foundation also made a $10,000 contribution to the Delaware County chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a nonprofit that provides handmade beds to children who do not have beds of their own.

This year’s grant recipients and their projects are:

Beckman Catholic — $1,700            

Portable Automated External Defibrillators 

Bi-County Ambulance — $2,500      

Automated CPR Device

Boy Scouts of America – NE Council — $500          

Community Outreach Supplies

City of Dyersville — $2,500 

Wayfinding Signage

City of Farley — $500           

Farley Library Needs Assessment

Creative Adventure Lab — $1,800 

Dyersville Innovation Lab

Dyersville Area Chamber of Commerce — $925   

Marketing Materials; LCD Projector

Dyersville Area Historical Society — $1,500

Paint the Porch – Dyer-Botsford House

Dyersville Community Commercial Club — $2,200            

Pavilion Chairs

Farley EMS — $3,000            

Zoll Series Defibrillator

Farley Fire Department — $581      

Portable Scene Lighting

Hills & Dales Child Development — $829   

AutismHD Program Safety Upgrades

James Kennedy Public Library — $2,376   

Hybrid Gathering at Your Library

LaSalle Catholic School — $1,500   


MercyOne Dubuque — $1,000         

Senior Care Enrichment Activities

Seton Catholic — $170          

Algebra Learning Resources

St. Paul Cemetery Association - $1,500

Cemetery Driveway

“We truly appreciate the donations made to the Dyersville Area Community Foundation endowment so we can continue to award grants to these great nonprofits that contribute so much to our neighborhoods,” said Grover. “Our community is full of passionate, generous people and organizations making a difference today and for the future. Understanding our shared challenges and working together to develop solutions is our most important work. I appreciate all those who are coming along with us on that journey.”

Gifts to the Community Foundation endowment may be eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. To make your impact on the Dyersville area, contact Michelle Grover at dacf@dbqfoundation.org or 319-269-6432.