Cass Co. Community Foundation grants announced


April 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Chair of the Cass County Community Foundation has announced $95,900 was awarded recently to several non-profit groups and organizations within the County. Nicholas Hunt says the grant checks were presented to those non-profit organizations which had submitted applications to the CCCF by the February 1st deadline.

CCCF grant recipients display their checks on the steps of the Cass Co. Courthouse

Grant funds amounting to $8,000 were awarded to: the Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center in Atlantic, for increased classroom play space, and to the Hitchcock House Advisory Board, for the addition of a registration/gift shop/restroom building. Awards of $7,000 were given to the Cass County Mormon Trail Association, for the restoration of the Nishnabotna Ferry House, in Lewis, and, to the Nishna Valley Family YMCA in Atlantic, for their Water Spash Program.

A grant amounting to $6,400 was made available to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, for their Healing Garden project. Grant awards of $6,000 each were presented to the City of Wiota’s Fire Dept., for new turnout gear, and to the Lewis 1st Responders and Firefighters Assoc., for the purchase of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBS) for two firefighters.

In addition, four organizations received $5,000 grants, including: the Atlantic Parks and Rec Dept., for the purchase of a kit for use in Summer program activities….the Cass County Conservation Board, for the purchase of a new equipment trailer….the City of Griswold, for an upgrade to the Cocklin Fish Farm to an attractive park for community use…and the City of Marne, for lights, bleachers and a sound system for the City Park Ball Field.

The Cass County Historical Museum also received a $4,000 grant for continued renovations on the upper floor of the Museum. The Griswold Fire Dept. received a $3,500 grant to equip a fire truck with updated safety and rescue equipment, and the Lewis Public Library received $3,500 for six new computer stations at the Library/Heritage Center. Eight other organizations within Cass County received grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

All grantees met the criteria as Cass County nonprofit agencies or organizations, with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services. For more information about the Cass County Community Foundation, contact any CCCF Board member, or Dennis Nissen, Iowa Program Officer for the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa, at 1-800-794-3458.

(9-a.m. News)