The Community Foundation of Osceola County (CFOC) presented 37 grants totaling $120,423.74 to organizations and communities throughout Osceola County on January 21st at the Harris Community Center.

The Community Foundation of Osceola County is committed to improving the quality of life throughout Osceola County through its passthrough grant program. Since the CFOC was established, more than $1.2 million has been granted to assist with a wide range of community development projects. 2020 marks the 15thanniversary of the CFOC’s grant program.

The Community Foundation of Osceola County board includes representatives from all over the county. The board for 2019-2020 is Ashton: Brian Mino and Bill Imhoff; Harris: Amy Muftah and Wayne Boyer; Melvin: Jack Benz and Kay Wynja; Ocheyedan: Joe McElroy and Kevin Hertz; Sibley: Lila Hatting and Jerry Johnson; Osceola County: Ed Jones and Jayson VandeHoef. Ex-offico members: Nathan Rockman and Stephanie Neppl. The CFOC is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines who provides grant-making guidance and administrative support.

For the 2019-2020 grant cycle, a total of 44 applications was received, and 37 received total or partial funding. Those organizations not funded this year are encouraged to apply for the 2020-2021 grant cycle, which will open up in the fall. Grants are available to 501(c)3 organizations and government entities serving Osceola County.

The following projects were funded for 2020:

  1. WeCare – $5,000 to sending Veterans on Brushy Creek Honor Flight
  2. Hawkeye Point Foundation – $5,000 for a Grain Bin Shelter
  3. City of Harris – $5,000 for Restoration of Old Marshall’s Bldg.
  4. Osceola Co. Sheriff Office – $5,000 toward Watch Guard VISTA HD Cameras
  5. Melvin American Legion Auxiliary Unit 470 – $5,000 to repair and update Bathroom in American Legion Bldg.
  6. Ocheyedan Economic Dev. Corp. – $5,000 for Ocheyedan Town Hall Renovation Kitchen Project
  7. Osceola County Livestock Show – $5,000 to remodel & update extension & 4-H office
  8. Sibley Public Library – $5,000 for new patron computers
  9. May City Comm. Fire Dept. – $5,000 for Building Improvement
  10. New Beginnings – $5,000 for a Furnace HVAC System for New Beginnings
  11. Ocheyedan Volunteer Fire Dept. – $5,000 for Equipment Updates
  12. Osceola Co. Freedom Rock – $5,000 for Life Size Cement Military Statues
  13. Sibley Iowa Firefighter’s Association – $5,000 for Sibley Fire Dept. Smoke Detector Program
  14. Ashton Fire Dept. – $4500 for light Replacement For The Grass Rig
  15. Melvin American Legion Post – $3,900.94 for Veteran Recognition Sign and Soldier Statue
  16. Ocheyedan Sr. Activity Center – $775.00 for Upgrades for Ocheyedan Sr. Center
  17. Melvin Area Econ. Dev. Corp. – $4,085.00 to refurbish Patriotic Rock Mural & Add Privacy Fence
  18. McCullum Museum – $1,600.00 for a box Enclosure for Opera Screen, Electrical & Plumbing
  19. S-O Science Club – $4,200.00 for S-O Engineering Classroom
  20. May City Betterment – $1,575.67 for Harrison Township Hall Repairs
  21. Sibley Betterment- $2,465.67 for Sibley Christmas Tree
  22. Sibley Outdoor Aquatic Center – $1,015.16 towards a Pool Vacuum
  23. Ocheyedan Catfish Club -$1,850.00 for Ocheyedan Little League Field Surfacing & Equipment
  24. Sibley Chamber of Commerce – $500.00 toward Sibley Chamber Parade Float
  25. Ocheyedan Public Library – $1,901.30 toward Maintaining the Library Exterior
  26. Sibley Senior Center -$1,500.00 for new tables
  27. Ashton Legion Auxiliary Post 290 – $1,750.00 for Flag replacements & Sibley Auxiliary Grave Markers
  28. DeBoer Grocery Museum – $2,000.00 toward their Museum Update & Repair Project
  29. Harris Fire Department – $1,805.00 Improved Storage Solutions
  30. Osceola Comm. Hospital Inc. -$2,500.00 toward its campaign for a new 3D Mammography machine
  31. S-O Athletic Booster Club -$2,500.00 for S-O Outdoor Concessions Stand & bathrooms
  32. Ashton American Legion Post 290 -$2,500.00 for American Legion Grave Markers
  33. Ashton Community Center- $2,500.00 for Walk Behind Floor Scrubber
  34. Union Cemetery Board- 2,500.00 for Union Cemetery Metal Entry Gate
  35. Bright Beginnings – $2,500.00 for Child Care Gap Analysis & Strategic Plan
  36. Ashton Public Library – $2,500.00 toward Library Shelving
  37. Tracy House Museum -$2,500.00 for Shingling, Vacuum Cleaner, Restoration Supplies

For more information: 

Stephanie Neppl
Osceola County Economic Development Commission