Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) doubled their impact at a November awards ceremony by naming two major grant recipients for the first time.


The Salvation Army received $25,000 to purchase a cargo van for their retail donation program. The van will be utilized to pick up food donations from retail businesses and then deliver food to pantries in Ames, Cambridge, Colo, Nevada, Slater and Zearing.


The city of McCallsburg received a $25,000 grant to support an addition to the City Park shelter house. The addition will provide a public restroom and a kitchenette for the park.


“After reviewing the excellent and deserving applications, the committee and board felt called to award two major grant recipients this year,” expressed Jennifer Dieter, allocations committee chair. “It is exciting to be able to support both of these worthwhile projects.”


A total of $118,304 in 17 different grants was awarded by the Foundation to charitable projects in Story County this year. Since its beginning in 2005, SCCF has awarded over $1.2 million in grants throughout Story County. Both local donors and the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Fund provide the support for the grants.


This year, 12 grants for a total of over $81,000 went to projects with countywide impacts. Over $36,000 went to five projects that will impact individual Story County communities. A total of 44 grant applications were submitted for requests totaling over $290,000.


“While these funding decisions are never easy, we continue to be inspired by the growth and impact that we are able to witness in these organizations through the support that we provide. The Story County Community Foundation is proud to partner with these organizations in their efforts to carry their work forward to help grow the future of our communities.”


One grant is named each year in honor of Suzan Shierholz, who was founding president of SCCF. This grant supports improvement in the lives of children and their families and was made for the first time in 2013. This year’s recipient is Raising Readers in Story County, a local nonprofit agency with the mission to improve language and literacy development in children, from birth to age eight, and nurture healthy parent-child relationships.


2018 Story County Community Foundation Grants Listing


City of McCallsburg: $25,000, Park shelter addition


The Salvation Army: $25,000, Van for retail donation program


ACTOR’s Inc.: $6,000, Updated stage lighting


All Aboard for Kids: $4,310, Computers for summer program serving children with autism spectrum disorder


Bethany Lutheran Daycare: $6,000, Quality improvements in early childhood development


Boys & Girls Clubs of Story County: $6,000, Teen workforce development program


Children & Families of Iowa: $1,820, SafeCare program training


City of Cambridge: $1,899, Automated external defibrillator


Colo Public Library: $1,040, Technology upgrade


Emergency Residence Project: $6,000, Rapid re-housing program


Lutheran Services in Iowa: $2,580, Behavioral-mental health therapy training and equipment


One Heart Equestrian Therapy, Inc.: $6,000, A permanent home for One Heart


Raising Readers in Story County: $6,000 Recipient of the Suzan Shierholz Award, Books and materials for school readiness programs


Story City Greater Chamber Connection: $6,000, Story City Antique Carousel pavilion renovation


Story County Dental Clinic: $6,000, Digital x-ray sensor


Story County Extension and Outreach: $5,980, STEM backpack project


Zearing Public Library: $2,675, Computer center upgrade