Dallas County Foundation hosts banquet for 2017 grant winners

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Dallas County Foundation President Tim Canney praised the community-spirited work of the 29 grant recipient organizations at Tuesdays awards ceremony in Perry.

The annual Dallas County Foundation (DCF) awards banquet was held Tuesday night at La Poste in Perry, with 29 grant winners from across Dallas County gathering to receive funds totaling more than $133,000.

The non-profit DCF formed in 2005 to distribute Dallas County’s share of state gambling taxes to various charitable, civic and cultural organizations across Dallas County.


DCF President Tim Canney introduced the 14-member DCF Board of Directors, including DCF Vice President Cathy Erickson, DCF Secretary Vicki Lage, DCF Treasurer Butch Niebuhr, Carol Hill, Doug Pullin, Dean Scott, Katie Spellman and Lynn Ubben, Jim Riordan, Bill Siglin, Jan Danielson Kaiser, Chris Brocka and Teresa Wichtendahl.

The DCF has granted more than $965,000 to some 189 projects in Dallas County projects around Dallas County communities since its 2005 founding. This year’s funding stream was swelled by $42,130.47 thanks to Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation’s contribution. This is the second year for GGC to grant funds to county foundations immediately surrounding Greene County.

Other 2017 recipients in the DCF granting cycle included:

1. Adel – Adel Oakdale Pride, $2,500, Oakdale Cemetery Improvements

2. Adel – Adel Home Care Service,s $2,500, Food proofer cabinet, upgrade floor

3. Adel – Team Run Free, $2,000, Special needs run cart

4. Adel – Good Samaritan Food Pantry, $4,233, Air conditioning, office equipment

5. Adel Public Library, $2,800, Community room flooring

6. Bouton – Veteran’s Memorial, $5,000, Reconstruct memorial

7. Dallas County Food Bank of Iowa, $7,000, Dual-axle delivery truck

8. Dallas County Habitat for Humanity, $5,000, Storage trailer

9. Dallas County Brenton Arboretum, $2,000, Color copier

10. Dallas Center – Spurgeon Manor, $3,000, Rehab equipment

11. DeSoto AHeinz57, $14,000, Construct and equip surgical suite

12. DeSoto Public Library, $1,017, three laptops

13. Granger Hawks Dug Out Club, $5,600, Baseball bullpen fencing

14. Granger Parks and Rec, $3,500, Lighting for Centennial Park

15. Granger Police Department, $1,882, In-car and body cameras

16. Minburn Comm. Betterment, $2,500, Parking lot improvements

17. Minburn Fire and Rescue, $800, Gas detection equipment

18. Minburn, City of,  $9,000, City Hall/library roof

19. Perry Historic Preservation, $1,500, Veteran memorial repairs

20. Perry – Nu Alpha Gamma Chapter, $3,630.47, Preserve history at one room
country school house at Forest Park

21. Perry – Dallas Co. Conservation, $20,000, RRVT third installment

22. Perry – New Hope Bargain Shoppe, $1,300, Display racks/ point-of-sale Ipad

23. Perry – Performing Arts HS, $2,500, Theatre equipment

24. Perry – Paces Program, $2,500, Student program equipment

25. Perry – Industrial Tech, $5,000, Mobile welding carts

26. Perry – Lutheran Home, $5,585.34, Intergenerational day care

27. Perry – Public Library, $2,000, Community room chairs

28. Perry – Art on the Prairie, $5,000, 11-foot lighted metal sculpture

29. Waukee – Public Library Friends, $10,000, Children’s Library Updates

The 2018 Grant Cycle will be announced in December.

A listing of projects funded since the DCF’s founding can be viewed at the Dallas County Foundation website. Application deadlines for the next grant cycle will be announced in December. For more information, contact Vicki Lage at vickilage@gmail.com. DCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

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