The city of Cambridge received a grant for $1,899 from the Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) to purchase and install an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the Cambridge City Center.


Cambridge City Council member Barb McBreen accepted the grant on Nov. 8 at an awards ceremony in Ames. McBreen says an AED unit saved her brother’s life in 2013, and since then, she’s worked to get AED units into public areas and buildings.­


Steven Kovarik, mayor of Cambridge, said the grant helps ensure the safety of anyone visiting the Cambridge city center. The center houses city hall, the Cambridge Library and a rentable public community room that holds up to 210 people. The center opened in December 2017 and more than 2,500 people will use the building each year.


SCCF received a total of 44 applications for 2018 community grants. The Cambridge city grant was one of 17 applicants selected to receive an award. Funds for the community grants are provided by the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Fund Program and local donors. SCCF is the designated administrator for the fund.