United Way of Story County (UWSC) board of directors has approved $250,000 in grants to be funded through the Human Services Agency Capital Funding Program established by the city of Ames. The projects approved include:


ACPC’s HVAC Retrofit Project – Requested funds will help to cover the replacement of the heating and cooling system at the center on Carroll Avenue. The entire system needed to be replaced. The outcome of the project will increase the comfort for the children and staff while at the same time reduce their heating and cooling costs.


ChildServe’s Playground Renovation Project – Grant funds will help to refurbish the playground at the Center in Ames. ChildServe is seeing a growing number of children with special healthcare needs. Project components include site demolition, paving and sub-drainage, surfacing, new playground equipment, electrical, construction costs and project administration.


Emergency Residence Project’s Cool Air Project – Funding will allow ERP to purchase and install four central air condition units, including one unit for the back office and units at their transitional living space. Outcome of the project will improve the living environment for the transitional housing families, especially those struggling with asthma and other breathing issues, along with a more comfortable office area.


Mainstream Living’s Home and Community Based Services Accessibility Project – Funding will renovate one of the older homes by adding a 5th bedroom. In addition, the other four bedrooms will be remodeled for accessibility, a new ramp will be added, walkways around the home will be expanded, the hallways widened, and the height of garage doors will be raised to accommodate larger vans. The renovations will allow Mainstream to expand the number of residents living at the house and be better equipped to provide accommodations for residents’ accessibility.


YSS’s Rosedale Emergency Youth Shelter Renovation Project – Funding will help cover the expense of renovating the first floor of the home. The project will improve the safety and security of the youth and staff. Specific renovations include an additional bathroom, reconfiguring the kitchen area to reduce access and provide space to improve the confidentially of youth and their families.


Funding for the grants was made possible through the city of Ames. Last November UWSC entered into a formal agreement with the city of Ames, Iowa to accept $250,000 to develop and implement a grant process to distribute funds to human services agencies for capital improvement needs. UWSC agreed to make the awards for capital improvement projects. The city of Ames provided overall guidelines and the United Way of Story County Allocations Committee determine the process, criteria, and made the recommendation to the board of directors for final approval.