Bock Family Foundation funds 27 local projects in fall grant cycle

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Scott Finneseth, left, executive director of the Bock Family Foundation, distributed grant funds of about $15,000 to representatives of a number of projects in the Perry Community School District, including, from left, Paula Nelson, Angie Heck, Jenn Nelson, Megan Maylum and Tom Lipovac.

The Bock Family Foundation Inc., in the persons of Board President Paul Barrow and Executive Director Scott Finneseth, handed out checks in its fall grant cycle at a ceremony held Wednesday afternoon in the Perry Public Library.

The Perry-based foundation gave out about $58,000 in the fall cycle, less than the $129,000 requested by all applicants but enough to sustain efforts by 27 nonprofit organizations and units of state or local government, the two classes of legal entities eligible for financial support.

Founded in 2002, the Bock Family Foundation has awarded more than $1.3 million to groups serving religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes in Dallas County.

Bock Family Foundation Executive Director Scott Finneseth, left, and Bock Family Foundation President of the Board Rev. Paul Barrow distributed the grant awards at Wednesday's ceremony at the Perry Public Library.
Bock Family Foundation Executive Director Scott Finneseth, left, and Bock Family Foundation President of the Board Rev. Paul Barrow distributed the grant awards at Wednesday’s ceremony at the Perry Public Library.

Along with Burrow and Finneseth, the foundation’s board includes Vice President John Powell, Secretary Joyce VanKirk and members Harley Weyer, Jon S. Peters, Jean Bromert and Brent Halling.

Grant winners in the fall 2015 cycle included:

$5,000 to the First United Methodist Church to complete phase two of a sanctuary lighting project and carpet fellowship hall and $1,300 to remodel the church nursery,

$2,000 to the HomeCare Services of Dallas County toward buying freezers and a hot water heater for the senior nutrition program,

$1,000 to the Carnegie Library Museum to help fund the fourth Annual Kids’ Fest,

$2,500 to the Perry Volunteer Fire Department toward the purchase of two positive pressure fans,

$5,000 to the Dallas County Conservation Board for its “Let’s Connect” Perry-to-Woodward link trail project,

$400 to the Perry Booster Club to buy a grill,

$7,500 to the Perry Academic and Cultural Enrichment Services (PACES) for the prekindergarten-to-fifth-grade learning center program,

$1,500 to the Dallas County Hospital Foundation for a patient-medication bag program,

$1,035 to the Perry Public Library for use in educating the community about the history and contributions of Latino-Americans,

$1,500 to the Perry Elementary Parents to replace swing set seats and chains at the elementary school playground and to install a fun tunnel,

$1,500 to the Perry Instrumental Music Department to buy percussion instruments and equipment,

$1,000 to the Perry High School Color Guard for new equipment,

$1,000 to the Perry High School Vocal Music Department to outfit the Select Choir in new formal wear and to install shelving,

$2,994 to the Perry Elementary School to use to buy milk tickets for kindergartners through second graders,

$500 to the Perry School Student Activities Department to help restore three Dewey Field ticket booths and $500.00 to assist with the “Swings with Kids Youth Golf” program,

$1,885 to the New Opportunities Dallas County Family Development Center Inc. to purchase a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program mobile unit,

$4,500 to the Perry Child Development Center to fund scholarships for five low-income preschool children,

$778.84 to the Pegasus Inc. to buy an editing computer and monitor,

$1,750 to the Art on the Prairie committee for adding two new panels to its collaborative public art mural,

$1,000 to the St. Patrick Catholic School toward the construction of a basketball court on the new playground,

$1,000 to the Perry Lutheran Home to buy a Hoyer Lift,

$1,000 to the Woodward Public Library for a periodical display unit,

$4,000 to the Perry Ministerial Association for its Good Samaritan Fund,

$1,500 to the Minburn Community Betterment Group to help further restore the Minburn Depot,

$1,100 to the Perry Fine Arts to support a performance by the Des Moines Metro Opera,

$1,000 to the Noah’s Ark Preschool for use toward buying a hand dryer, soap dispenser, chairs and tables,

$2,500 to the Miracle Travel Works Inc. to help defray travel expenses for families with sick children.

The Bock Family Foundation Inc. awards grants in the fall and the spring. The deadline for spring 2016 applications is March 1, 2016.

For more information about grant guidelines or to receive an application form, contact Bock Family Foundation Executive Director Scott Finneseth at 465-4641 or P.O. Box 487, Perry, IA 50220.

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