Nearly $93,000 in Grants Awarded to Delaware County Non-Profits

Nearly thirty non-profit groups in Delaware County received grants earlier this week. The Foundation for the Future of Delaware County hands out grants each year to help projects and programs in all corners of the county.

Backbone Park Ranger Dave Sunne says the Backbone Lake Friends were happy to receive a grant worth nearly four-thousand dollars.

Amanda Diers of the Colesburg Commercial Club says they’re grateful to received a five-thousand dollar grant to help with new playground equipment.

Bob Sack and local scout Nate Lansing were on hand to accept a grant on behalf of the Upper Bay Cemetary Association.

Grants were also given to the Edgewood Museum Corporation for the museum’s construction, Earlville Fire and Ambulance for commercial cleaning machines for their gear, the City of Ryan for new patriotic flags and poles, Hopkinton Little League to improve their ball diamond and the Delaware County Senior Citizen Center for a new roof. Nearly 93-thousand dollars in grants were awarded at a special reception Tuesday night in Manchester. Check out the complete list of grant recipients below!


The following were awarded grants for 2016:


City of Colesburg New Playground Equipment for City Park $5,000
West Delaware Community Schools Creating 21st Century Automotive Employees for Tomorrow-Autel Maxisys Elite Diagnostic Tool


Kinderwood Childcare Center Upgrade Classroom Essentials Lockers and Tables $4,106.51
Northeast Iowa Community College Project Lead the Way Summer Gateway Academy


Backbone Lake Friends Family Fun Attractions at the Park-Expression Swing and Volleyball Court $3,914.42
Dundee EMS Full Response-radios and pagers




City of Earlville-Fire and Ambulance Commercial Cleaning Machines-Gear Equipment Sustainability $3,500
City of Hopkinton EMS Equipment- I.V. Fluid warmers


Hopkinton Little League Little League Ball Diamond Improvement



Edgewood Museum Corporation Edgewood Museum $3,000
Delaware County Economic Development Communications Project-new phone system $3,000
Greeley Ladies Cemetery Association Tree Removal/Updating




West Delaware Community Schools WDHS Library 3-D Printer




Upper Bay Cemetery Association Genealogy Kiosk at Upper Bay Cemetery-Boy Scout Project




Northeast Iowa Food Bank        Delaware County Mobile Food





City of Manchester Rawrr with Colton Playground Project

Family Swing Set




City of Ryan New Patriotic American Flag/Poles




City of Manchester –Police


Ballistic Vest Replacement Program $2,500
Delaware County Senior Citizen Center New Roof for Senior Center $2,500
City of Ryan New Patriotic American Flag/Poles $2,500
City of Manchester –Police Department Ballistic Vest Replacement Program $2,500
Delaware County Senior Citizen            People Helping People/Healthy Snacks, Lunches $2,500


Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa Inspire and Prepare Delaware County Students to Succeed $2,000
Delaware County Tourism 2016-2017 Marketing Campaign $2,000


Good Neighbor Society Hospice Hospitality at GNS-Mattresses $2,000
Edgewood-Colesburg Community Schools STEAM-Science-Technology,

Engineering, Arts, Math) Initiated Makerspaces in the Library


St. Mary’s School Water Bottle Filling Stations $1,000
Iowa College Access Network Career Planning for-Delaware County High School Students


Manchester Good to Great Educational Community Visits    $825
Foundation for the Future of Delaware County Grant Reserve $19,103.40

These grants were possible, because more than 10 years ago the Iowa Legislature assisted in creating Qualified County Community Foundations through the Endow Iowa Program.

Endow Iowa is a 25% state tax credit given in addition to federal deductibility as an incentive to make charitable gifts to community foundation endowment programs. The Legislature also allocates gambling revenues to the program to enable community representatives to fund high priority needs and build countywide endowments in community foundations like the FFDC through the County Endowment Program.

To meet the rigorous standards of a Qualified Community Foundation, the FFDC chose to affiliate with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque in 2005.

The Foundation for the Future of Delaware County has a threefold mission. The first is working with donors to support charitable projects and programs of their choice in Delaware County by assisting them in creating lasting legacies through a variety of giving options.

Another role, through community leadership, is to provide a menu of opportunities to make communities better. The FFDC Board Members are: Jerry Burke, Manchester, Keith Kramer, Hopkinton; Cindy Vorwald, Edgewood; Jill Buschmann, Greeley, Jim Fisher, Manchester; Joy Jager, Ryan; Glen Puffett, Dundee; Jackie Johnson, Edgewood; and Larry Gritton, Manchester.

The third mission is to receive gambling revenues through the State of Iowa County Endowment Fund Program.

This is the 11th year the Foundation for the Future of Delaware County (FFDC) received a distribution. Under the guidelines, 25 percent of the funds received are used to build a permanent endowment fund for the county that will help to meet future charitable needs. The remaining 75 percent is granted to projects and programs in Delaware County.

“The goal of the Foundation to invest in worthy programs and projects throughout the county,” said Jerry Burke, FFDC Chairman. “We hope you see the impact these monies, an approximate sum of $950,000 in the last ten years, have had in the county as the 313 programs and projects may not have been accomplished without this program.”

A total of 35 grant applications were received by the FFDC requesting $135,345. Grants are awarded in the areas of: Health & Human Services; Education; Neighborhood and Community Development; the Environment; Children, Youth, and Families; and Arts and Culture including Historic Preservation.