Delaware County Non-Profits and Area Schools Awarded McGee Barr Grants

Nine non-profits from the Delaware County area are getting a little extra boost.

The Greater Delaware County Community Foundation has announced this year’s round of McGee Barr Grants.

The grants are funded by the interest and earnings on the money left to the foundation by Garrett McGee, who specified in his will that the funds should be used to help the poor of Delaware County. This year’s grant recipients are Second Helpings, the Delaware County Food Bank, Helping Services, the Riverview Center, Lutheran Services, West Delaware’s Back to School Fair, Junior Achievement, First Presbyterian Church’s Birthday Bag Program and the Methodist Church’s Clothing Closet. The grants totaled over $25,000.

The Greater Delaware County Community Foundation also awarded nearly $12,000 to local schools through their Schools Grants program. These grants are used to help needy students enjoy aspects of school they might normally not be able to afford. This year’s school grants were given to West Delaware, Maquoketa Valley, Ed-Co, Western Dubuque, North Linn and St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville.

Chairman Jack Klaus says more grant funds are available and more non-profits will be considered as recipients if requests come in.

In addition to these grants, the Greater Delaware County Community Foundation also gives grants to non-profits that help seniors, awards scholarships to both traditional and non-traditional students, funds a Discretionary Fund through Delaware County Community Services and uses its 501(C)(3) tax exemption to benefit qualifying organizations in the county.

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