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Local Community Foundations Grant Over $158,000 to Local Organizations

Bremer County Community Foundation
June 28, 2019

The Bremer County Community Foundation, Readlyn Community Fund, and Waverly Community Fund held their 2019 spring grant awards ceremony at the Riviera Roose in Janesville on Thursday, June 27, announcing the distribution of $158,788.16 in grants to 50 nonprofit organization projects serving Bremer County communities.

“The Bremer County Community Foundation and our partners, the Readlyn Community Fund and Waverly Community Fund, are honored to be part of the stories of these incredible nonprofit organizations and the people they serve,” said Bremer County Community Foundation Chair, Madeleine Ambrose. “The projects funded today will improve the quality of life in our communities and make Bremer County a better place for all people. We are grateful to the visionary individuals who, through their generosity, make it possible for all three of our Foundations to truly be here for good in Bremer County.”

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

Art and Culture

  • City of Waverly, Chamber of Commerce - Shades of Rhythm Amphitheater Wood Seal, $1,000
  • City of Waverly, Economic Development - Public Art Piece for Waverly,   $1,300
  • Wartburg Community Symphony Association, Wartburg Community Symphony Association (WCSA), $2,000
  • Waverly Chamber Music Series, 2019-20 Music Series, $3,000

Community Betterment

  • Bremer County Fair Association, A Northeast Iowa Jewel - The Capital Campaign for Champions Ridge and the Bremer County Fairgrounds, $7,000
  • City of Janesville, Parks and Rec Department - Baseball/Softball Field, $4,000
  • City of Plainfield, Library - Technology for Early Literacy and Accreditation, $3,000
  • City of Readlyn, Library - Digital Media Studio: Expanding Communication and Learning, $3,500
  • City of Tripoli, Library - New Bathroom and Entryway Floors and Public Computer, $3,441
  • City of Waverly, Leisure Services - Waverly Rail Trail Rural Bridge Seal Project, $1,170
  • City of Waverly, Waverly Community Sharing Gardens - Lumber for Raised Beds, $900
  • Denver Soccer Club, Denver Soccer Fields Project, $6,100
  • Janesville Community Center, Inc., LED Lighting Retrofit, $3,000
  • Retrieving Freedom, Veterinary Expenses, $4,250
  • St. Paul's Lutheran School, Full Inclusion Educational Outdoor Classroom Playground Resurfacing Project, $2,000
  • Sumner Housing, Sumner Housing Corp, $4,000


  • Boy Scouts of America, Winnebago Council, Ingawanis Adventure Base STEM Lab, $5,000
  • Bremer ISU Extension, 4­H Program, $5,000
  • Iowa College Access Network, Life After High School - Education and Training for All, $1,000
  • Tripoli Community School District, Giving Students a Robotics Experience, $3,000
  • Wapsie Valley Community Schools, Health and Wellness Improvement Project, $5,000
  • Wartburg College, Wartburg Hertel Field Baseball Facility Improvement, $1,000
  • Waverly-Shell Rock Community School District, Southeast Elementary Playground - Play Panels, $3,000


  • Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, NuStep for Health and Wellness for Aspen Cottage/Assisted Living Memory Care, $1,500
  • Bremer County, Health Department - Diabetes Prevention Program, $2,000
  • City of Denver, Ambulance Service - CPR Manikins, $1,000
  • Denver Sunset Home, Bariatric Beds, $4,500
  • Friends of CMH Foundation, Digital Mobile C-Arm, $5,000

Historic Preservation

  • Bremer County Historical Society, Drainage System, $4,000
  • City of Sumner, Library - Digitization and Preservation of Local History, $2,500
  • Ira Sturdevant House, Ira Sturdevant House, $2,377.16

Human Service

  • Allison Area Foster Parent Support Group, Training and Support for Foster Parents, $1,500
  • ASPIRE Therapeutic Riding Program, Wings on Eagles, $1,500
  • City of Denver, Library - Security Cameras, $2,000
  • City of Janesville, Fire-Rescue - PASS Device Replacement (Personal Alert Safety System), $4,000
  • City of Janesville, Police Department - In-Car Camera System, $4,000
  • City of Readlyn, Police Department - Portable Electronic Radar Speed Sign, $3,000
  • City of Tripoli, Fire Department - Generator, $4,000
  • Denver Volunteer Fire Association, AED Acquisition, $1,500
  • Friends of the Family, Safe Shelter & Housing Stability, $3,000
  • Lutheran Services in Iowa, Families Together II in Bremer County, $3,500
  • North Star Community Services, Accessing Our Community, $4,000
  • Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Bremer County Home Delivered Meals Program, $3,000
  • Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Bremer, Waverly, and Readlyn BackPack Program, $6,000
  • Peace United Church of Christ, Peace Community Meal, $3,500
  • SEMS Ambulance, Portable Motorola Radios, $4,000
  • Senior Citizens Group of Waverly, Second Floor Upgrade, $750
  • St. Mary Church, Saints Cafe, $3,500
  • The Larrabee Center, Trinkets & Togs - Technology & Equipment Update, $5,500
  • Tripoli Nursing & Rehab, Heating Controls - Replace Exterior Steel Doors, $5,000

Grants are awarded through each Foundation’s competitive grant process. Decisions on grant awards are determined by volunteer committees, which consists of volunteers from Bremer County, Readlyn, and Waverly. Grants may be awarded 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 Bremer County in order to be considered for funding.

The 2020 grant cycle opens January 1 with an application deadline of March 31, 2020. Grant guidelines and applications can be found at

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