The Greater Jefferson County Foundation Awards Grants

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The Greater Jefferson County Foundation held its annual grant awards ceremony on Thursday, August 18 at the Fairfield Community Center.

Grants committees met at the end of June this year to review 34 grant applications. Criteria included the number of people in the Jefferson County community who would benefit from the grant project, as well as the sustainability and viability of the project. Grant applications totaled $275,850.59.

The Foundation has awarded more than $250,000 to 24 organizations in Jefferson County.

Kris Metcalf told those in attendance about the secret video system that the Sheriff’s Department will purchase using Foundation grant funds.

Organizations receiving 2022 grants include the following, including what they will use the funds for:

Arch of Jefferson and neighboring counties: annual disbursement according to the will of Charlotte Hammans

Cambridge Little Dreamers: Honoring the Third Year Pledge

Birmingham Volunteer Fire Service: Broom Truck Equipment

Community Child Care: replacing the final floors in the rooms

Fairfield Art Association: new sign

First Fridays Art Walk: Children’s Activity Center Toys and Equipment

Fairfield Area Community Theatre: Wireless Microphone System

Fair Field Productions: Equipment and production costs for the History of Fairfield/Parsons project

Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce: Mrs. Claus’ Bakery House and LED Light Bulbs

Glasgow Cemetery: Repair/Reset Pioneer Headstones

Jefferson County Trails Council: Lamson Woods playground and maintenance of three Loop Trail bridges

Lockridge Fire & Rescue: chainsaw, chainsaw, batteries, chargers and boots

Round Prairie Twnshp: fence around the cemetery

Maasdam Barns: building a vintage playground

Fairfield Community Center: east side entrance door

Fairfield Farmers Market: Info Canopy, Website Update and New Signage

Fairfield Community School District: Behavioral Intervention Training

Iowa Food Bank: Purchase food for area food banks/pantries

Jefferson County Sheriff: Secret Video System

Jefferson County EMS: Cargo Trailer and Portable Stage Lighting Trailer

Fairfield High School: percussion musical instruments

Beijing Daycare: Playground Fences

Beijing CSD: mannequins and 4 AED trainers

Stockport Volunteer Fire Department: Skid Units

Le Puits: reorganization of the kitchen

ISU 4-H Youth Committee: funds for youth activities

The Greater Jefferson County Foundation began in 1975 with proceeds of $65,000 from the sale of the Bethany Home. With donations over the past 45 years, the Foundation’s assets have grown to over $6 million.

The first annual grants ceremony was held in 2010, where the Foundation awarded just over $70,000 to organizations in Jefferson County. The Foundation is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines which donates a portion of game money each year to be added to the Foundation’s coffers for grant disbursement.

The Foundation has 15 Board members. Each board member serves two 3-year terms and sits on two committees. The committees are: Finance, Scholarships, Grants, Public Relations, Nominations and Regulations.

The members of the council are:

Frank Redeker, President; Kathy Winkelman, Vice President; Sim Buckley, Treasurer; Ashley Manning, Executive Secretary

LeAnne Edgeton, Mary Webb, Jessica Jones, Joan Fulton, Peggy Mottet, Ron Haines, Justin Engwall, Matt Eakins, Dr Ray Woody, Dale Sue Glass, Lucas Helling

Three ex officio officers include: Dave Neff for Public Relations, John Morrissey for Legal Counsel and Dr. William Baumann for Finance.

Information regarding the Foundation can be found on the website at www.greaterjeffersoncountyfoundation.org or call 641-472-0758.

Kris Metcalf talks about the Covert Video System that will be purchased with Foundation grant funds. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Representatives from Beijing Childcare and Fairfield Area Community Theater appear with their checks. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Representatives from the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and Maasdam Barns received grants. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Jefferson County EMS and Cambridge Little Achievers received grants. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Glasgow Cemetery and the ISU Youth 4-H Committee receive their grants. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

The Jefferson County Trails Council received a grant. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

The Fairfield Community Center received a grant. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Grant recipients included, from left, the SE Iowa Food Bank, the FUMC Food Ministry and the Pekin Community School District. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

The Greater Jefferson County Foundation grant recipients are, left to right, representatives from the Arc of Jefferson and surrounding counties, Fairfield Farmers Market and the Fairfield Community School District. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Representatives from the Fairfield and The Well area chamber of commerce receive their grants. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Lockridge Fire & Rescue and Stockport Volunteer Fire Department receive grants. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Fairfield Police Department received grants. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

The Township of Round Prairie received a grant. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Community Child Care received a grant from the Greater Jefferson County Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

Fair Field Productions representatives accept a grant from the Greater Jefferson County Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Barb Kistler)

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