Community Foundation of Osceola County announces 2021-2022 grant recipients

The Community Foundation of Osceola County (CFOC) has awarded grants totaling $127,300.19 to 32 organizations and communities throughout Osceola County

Since the Community Foundation of Osceola County was established, nearly $1.5 million has been granted to assist with a wide range of projects in the county.  A total of 434 grants have been given out over the 17 years.

For the 2021-2022 grant cycle, 32 organizations received total or partial funding:

Organization Project Name Grant amount
May City Fire Department Bunker Gear $5,000.00
City of Ocheyedan New alert siren $5,000.00
Sibley Fire Dept Thermal Imaging Camera $5,000.00
Ashton Fire Department Self contain breathing apparatus $5,000.00
Ashton Town and Country Club Snack Shack Expansion $5,000.00
Sibley Parks and Rec Central Park Ball Diamond Dugout Benches/fence $5,000.00
Melvin American Legion Post 470 Veteran Tribute $5,000.00
Melvin Fire Department Replace gear for Melvin Fire Department $5,000.00
Ocheyedan Senior Activity Center Updating the Ocheyedan Senior Activity Center $5,000.00
Tracy House Preservation/bldg exteriors, concrete pad $5,000.00
Ashton Community Center Sound system and surveillance $5,000.00
Girl Scouts Troop 30085 Updates to Sibley Legion Building $5,000.00
Osceola County Conservation Upgrades to Ashton Wayside/Melvin DeGraaf Parks $5,000.00
Hawkeye Point Campground concrete pads $5,000.00
Sibley-Ocheyedan Science Club S-O Discovery Gardens Outdoor Classroom Expansion $4,500.00
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Light bars for Patrol Vehicles $3,750.00
VFW Post 7373 New refrigerators and freezers $3,750.00
American Legion Post 290 SO HS Gym Descending US Flag $3,750.00
Sibley Public Library Community Space for a Gathering Place $3,750.00
Osceola County Livestock Show Memorial Park for past present and future supports of the Osceola County Fair $3,750.00
Deboer Grocery Museum Grounds renovation phase 2 $3,750.00
S-O Band Boosters S-O Band Trailer $3,750.00
Melvin American Legion Auxiliary Replace ramp in front of legion building and new flag box $3,750.00
New Beginnings Flooring $3,750.00
McCallum Museum/Brunson Heritage House Sesquicentennial street pole banners for downtown/farm shed fundraising info sign $3,750.00
Ocheyedan Town Hall Renovation Committee Ocheyedan Town hall exterior cleaning project $3,727.50
Friends of the Sibley Public Library Adaptable activity tables for active youth $3,375.00
Ashton Public Library Improvement and upgrade of current lighting $2,500.00
Melvin 313 Club Solar lights for new City of Melvin sign $1,992.19
Osceola County Freedom Rock Description plaques $1,875.00
Osceola County Emergency Management Oil absorbent booms $1,268.00
The Foster Grandparent Program of Greater Siouxland Grandparent Volunteer Service Support $562.50

The CFOC is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines who provides grant-making guidance and administrative support. The Community Foundation of Osceola County board includes representatives from all over the county. The current board is Ashton: Brian Mino and Dan Grote; Harris: Amy Muftah and Wayne Boyer; Melvin: Kay Wynja and Sarah McCarter; Ocheyedan: Joe McElroy and Kevin Hertz; Sibley: Lila Hatting and Jerry Johnson; Osceola County: Ed Jones and Jayson VandeHoef. Ex-offico members are Nathan Rockman and Stephanie Neppl.

More info: https://osceolacountyia.gov/living-here/community-foundation-of-osceola-county/