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Foundation for the Future of Delaware County Awards Nearly $90,000 in Grants to Non-Profits

The Foundation for the Future of Delaware County gave out nearly $90,000 in grants on Wednesday.

Over thirty non-profits and entities across the county received the money for various projects. Jerry Burke has served on the Foundation’s board since the grant program first started in 2005.

The grants ranged anywhere from $300 up to $5,000, with Regional Medical Center in Manchester receiving that top dollar amount for their Obstetrics Simulation Lab. RMC Nurse Educator Lynne Majetic says the money will help their staff train and practice advanced medical procedures when they’re not under the stress of doing it on a live person.

Seedorff Masonry received $4,000 for a project they’ve partnered with West Delaware on to give high school students virtual and hands-on experience in a masonry career. Justin Wenger says they’ve had just shy of forty students who have helped them over the past three semesters.

The City of Hopkinton received $3,500 for a new outdoor gathering space. Hopkinton City Clerk Sarah Helle explains:

Burke says being part of this grant program has been rewarding.

Here’s a look at the other grant recipients:

Boy Scouts of America -Northeast Iowa Council for a new AED and trainer

Delaware County Parents as Teachers to host events to promote awareness of child abuse prevention

Dundee Kids League for a canopy structure

Hopkinton Ambulance Service for an AED and wall mount

Maquoketa Valley School District for Personal Care Year 3, health lessons and basic supply needs

City of Colesburg for new “Welcome to Colesburg” signs

Delaware County Pay It Forward for the Hope Gap Program & Christmas Hope Program

West Delaware High School for Special Education kitchen equipment and supplies

Hopkinton Public Library for the creation of “Tremendous Tuesdays” for kids to create, socialize and learn

Riverview Center for a Delaware County Sexual Assault Crisis Response toolkit

City of Dundee for a new small free library

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office for the Delaware & Jones Emergency Response Team

Ed-Co Schools for library space for STEAM learning opportunities

Manchester Public Library for an AED

Sleep in Heavenly Peace to provide needed beds for kids in the county

City of Earlville’s Fire & Ambulance Department for an EMS Stair Chair

Delhi Little League for netting for their baseball/softball complex

Helpings Services for Youth & Families for increasing youth mentoring in Delaware County

Maquoketa Valley Alliance for laying the groundwork for the new Hobbs Early Learning Center in Delhi 

West Delaware’s Back to School Fair for school supplies for kids

Community Childcare of Manchester for field trip transportation

Delhi United Methodist Church for an AED 

Families Helping Families of Iowa for program support for Delaware County children in foster care

Lutheran Services in Iowa for behavioral health intervention and therapy services in Delaware County

Maquoketa Valley High School Spanish Club for grade level reading books 

Delaware County Cattlemen for their safety gate project for handling beef cattle at the fair

Delhi Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders for a community AED

Hartwick Lake Ski Club for dock safety improvements at Schram Pond

Operation Santa Claus for their Christmas program that provides clothes and toys to kids in need

West Delaware’s Metal Department for welding supplies

Dundee Community Club for playground equipment

For more information about the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County and the annual grant program, go online to or call the Delaware County Economic Development office at 927-3325.


photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH (top photo – Foundation Board, bottom photos – grant recipients)

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