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Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation distributes over $124,000 to local organizations

This news story was published on June 25, 2020.
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MASON CITY – The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation announced $124,761.37 in grant funding to 40 projects of organizations serving Cerro Gordo County as part of its 2020 grant cycle.

The Community Foundation made the decision to not hold its annual award celebration due to COVID-19. Grant checks will be mailed directly to the nonprofit organizations.

Grant recipient organization, project the grant will fund, and grant amount are listed below by funding areas.

Art and Culture
City of Mason City, MacNider Art Museum – Carpet Replacement, $1,500
Gardeners of North Iowa, East Park Fountain Project, $1,000
North Iowa Cultural Center and Museum, Surf Ballroom Music Enrichment Center Instrument Lessons and Educational Programs, $2,000
River City Sculptures on Parade, “That’s A Wrap” Utility Box Beautification Project, $1,200
The Mason City Foundation, Community Keyboards, $3,948

Community Betterment
City of Mason City, Library – Public Access Computer Station, $1,100
City of Rockwell, Library – Update for Changing Times-Project C, $1,300
City of Rockwell, Rockwell Family Recreation, $3,703.37
City of Swaledale, Library – Computers, $1,417
Midwest Racing, North Iowa Human Powered Trails, $5,000
Share Life, Everybody Plays Inclusive Playground, $3,500

Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care, Technology to Improve Education, $6,000
Newman Catholic School System, Growing Together – One-on-One Chromebooks, $2,640
North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom, Agriculture Education for Cerro Gordo County Schools, $2,500
North Iowa Area Community College Foundation, NIACC Nursing Improvements for Emergency Training, $4,000
North Iowa Christian School, Student Chromebooks, $2,640

City of Swaledale, 2020 Ash Tree Removal, $2,500

Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, Accessible Reception Area, $5,000
Cerro Gordo County ISU Extension and Outreach, Cerro Gordo County Pick a Better Snack, $1,300
My Happy Place, Bedroom Makeover, $1,250
Rockwell-Swaledale Emergency Medical Team, Stop the Bleed Kits, $2,075

Historic Preservation
Mason City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Historic Egloff House – Security System, $2,000

Human Service
43 North Iowa, Residential Care & Transitional Services, $3,500
Camp Tanglefoot, Water Fountain/Water Bottle Filler, $1,650
Caring Pregnancy Center, Families in Need During COVID-19 Outbreak, $3,000
City of Swaledale, Fire Department – SCBA – Phase 2, $6,146
Crisis Intervention Service, Crisis Intervention Service, $5,500
Food Bank of Iowa, Feeding Cerro Gordo County, $4,000
Francis Lauer Youth Services, YSS Francis Lauer, $2,400
Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa, Programming and Operating, $3,000
Mason City Senior Activity Center, Door Replacement, $3,000
Meservey Fire & Rescue Foundation, Equip Pumper Truck, $7,737
North Iowa Community Action Organization, Housing Assistance Program, $3,000
One Vision, COVID-19 Support Program, $4,400
Quilts of Valor-North Central Iowa, Quilts of Valor – North Central Iowa, $2,750
Rockwell Community Fire Department, Year Two – Replacement of Turn Out Gear, $1,000
The Community Kitchen of North Iowa, Purchase of New Serving Trays, $1,605
The Set Me Free Project, North Iowa Expansion, $2,500
Thornton Volunteer Fire Association, Turn Out Gear – Year 3, $5,000
Ventura Firefighters Association, Ventura Fire Department Rescue Boat, $7,000

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Cerro Gordo County. Committee members include: Shaun Arneson, Tim Coffey, John Drury, Julie Kaduce, Marty Ramaekers, Gary Schmit, Margo Underwood and Adam Wedmore (chair).

Grants are awarded through Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation’s competitive grant process to projects in the program areas of: art and culture, community betterment, education, environment, health, historic preservation and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Cerro Gordo County in order to be considered for funding. The 2021 grant cycle opens January 1, 2021 with an application deadline of April 8, 2021. The grant guidelines and application will be posted prior to the cycle opening at

The Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation is a local foundation making grants to organizations creating stronger, more vibrant communities in Cerro Gordo County and helps people establish funds to support the causes they care about.

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13 Responses to Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation distributes over $124,000 to local organizations

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Noting for NIT World Headquarters? That’s BS!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2020 at 12:39 am

    Good works by a few for many.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 26, 2020 at 11:55 am

    If schools are going to be closed any library needs as many computer stations as possible. In the future it may be necessary to get rid of teachers and not library staff.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 26, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Why does the MC public library get anything? With the present staff doing as little as they do (sitting at their desks, checking their e-mails, reading books and magazines, or talking on their cell phones) the city could get rid of two of the deadweight personnel and use that money for necessary things. Hardly anyone uses the library anymore, and of those that do, 98% sit in the commons and talk. They could do that at the park, or when Mac’s and Hardees opens, go there and support a local business.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 26, 2020 at 4:08 am

    is this necessary, when a time of lower revenues is upon us???? couldn’t that money be used for something useful????

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 26, 2020 at 7:21 am

      Well, ya, it is necessary for the community foundation to give grants because that money came from gambling dollars and are required to be given away- they are not tax dollars. Can you suggest how that money could better be used? Because it has to be given to a non-profit or a gov AND it’s competitive which means that organization must write a grant, maybe suggest an organization and tell them to write a grant?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    June 25, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Oh poor anonymous still didn’t get any. He has a hard on for those that do, he’s such a loser, better luck next time.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      June 25, 2020 at 1:56 pm

      At least I can get a hard on. According to your wife, it’s been about 10 years for you

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        June 25, 2020 at 8:01 pm

        that’s because the females in your family have been taking good care of me.

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          Anonymous Reply Report comment

          June 25, 2020 at 10:54 pm

          I wondered why my dogs was acting funny.

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            June 26, 2020 at 8:34 am

            that don’t make sense, if all the females in your family are dogs, what’s that make you, a chi wa wa with a woody, now that’s funny. didn’t you play ren, in the cartoon, ren and stimpy?

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            June 26, 2020 at 2:20 pm

            Because I am not married, my mother is dead, I have 3 brothers, and have 3 dogs and all three are female. I know that is hard for someone of your limited capacities to understand, but that means the only females in my ‘family’ are dogs.

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            June 26, 2020 at 5:34 pm

            Now who could of guessed that’s what you would say, woody! cha ching….