LincolnWay announces 2024 grant awards


Emergency personnel, children, families, schools and outdoor recreation opportunities in rural Clinton County are receiving support this month thanks to the LincolnWay Community Foundation, which is awarding more than $34,000 to nonprofits and charitable organizations through its annual grant cycle.

“This year, the grant selection committee’s focus was to fully fund as many grant applications as possible, recognizing that behind each proposal lies a passionate vision to drive positive change,” says Amanda Willimack, executive director. “An investment in these projects is also a testament to the power of grassroots initiatives to uplift and transform our rural Clinton County community.”

Recipients include:

  • Cal-Wheat Schools: $8,000 for calculators
  • Clinton Co. Agricultural Society: $5,000 for a horse arena announcer stand
  • DeWitt Theater Company: $3,580 for a movie screen
  • Northeast Schools: $2,500 for an environmental science outdoor classroom project
  • Central Community Historical Society: $2,500 for LED lights
  • Charlotte Fire Department: $2,172 for gauntlet cuff gloves
  • Andover Fire Department: $2,000 for tools
  • City of Welton: $2,000 for welcome signs
  • Goose Lake Fire Department: $2,000 for community and technology center upgrades
  • Concerned DeWitt Citizens: $1,000 for a Christmas giveaway
  • City of Charlotte: $1,000 for ballpark improvements
  • Dolly Parton Imagination Library: $1,000 for books
  • Lost Nation Hometown Pride: $600 for tree removal at Rustic Park
  • Mi Love Light: $500 for butterfly garden environmental enhancement and education
  • City of DeWitt Police Department: $500 for a safe schools, safe community, safe officer initiative

The Foundation also is providing two grants as part of multi-year project commitments: 

  • DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation: $4,000 for the Fieldstone Project
  • DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation: $2,250 for bike helmets for second-graders

Gifts to endowment funds at the Community Foundation may be eligible for the Endow Iowa 25% State Tax Credit. Community members can contribute to endowment funds established by nonprofits, which provide sustainable sources of income for these essential community service organizations.

The Foundation offers many opportunities to improve quality of life by addressing an array of local issues, both through grantmaking and community leadership. To learn more about how you can establish a fund or make a gift that impacts your community, contact Executive Director Amana Willimack at or 563-212-2812.