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Worth County Community Foundation Distributes Over $38,580 to Local Nonprofit Organizations

Worth County Community Foundation
January 12, 2022

The Worth County Community Foundation (WCCF) held its 2021 grant awards celebration at the Joice Community Center on January 11, announcing the distribution of $38,580 to eight projects of organizations serving Worth County through its 2021 grant cycle.

“The Worth County Community Foundation is proud to support these nonprofit projects and programs that are working to make transformational impacts in Worth County. We appreciate all our nonprofits do for our communities,” said Lucy Heiken, chair of the WCCF governing committee.

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

Arts & Culture

  • Northwood Lions Club, Christmas Lighting Project, $5,000

Community Betterment

  • City of Fertile, Foot Bridge, Arbor and Memorial Landscaping, $5,500
  • City of Joice, Park Repair and Enhancements, $6,500
  • City of Northwood, Flower Baskets for Downtown Central Avenue, $5,000
  • Northwood Volunteer Fire Company, Turnout Gear, $5,462

Education & Youth Development

  • North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom, Agriculture Education for Worth County Schools, $5,000
  • United Way of North Central Iowa, Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) for Worth County, $2,118

Human Service

  • Food Bank of Iowa, Feeding Worth County, $4,000

Decisions on grant awards are determined by a local committee, which consists of volunteers from Worth County. Committee members include: Merlin Bartz, Craig Benjegerdes, Keven Bruesewitz, Ron Davidson, Lucy Heiken, Linda Johnson Prestholt, Pat Muehl (ex-officio), Chad Nelson, Cindy Peters and Mark Thoma.

Grants are awarded through WCCF’s competitive grant process to projects in the program areas of: arts and culture, community betterment, education and youth development, environment and animal welfare, health, and human service. Grant applicants must be a 501(c)(3) designated organization or government entity serving Worth County in order to be considered for funding. The 2022 grant cycle opens July 1 with an application deadline of September 30. The grant guidelines and application can be found at

The establishment of the Worth County Community Foundation was made possible by the Jaspers Family. Maynard and Marjory Jaspers were long time successful business owners in Worth County. They had three sons with no heirs. At his death, Donald Jaspers donated the proceeds from combined estates of the Jaspers Family to provide charitable support for Worth County. Four funds have been named in honor of the Jaspers Family which have laid the foundation for and encourage charitable giving in the community.

Individuals can start their own fund with the Foundation that will impact the community and the causes they care about forever. Learn about starting your own fund at or contact Terry Gaumer, affiliate development director, at 319-243-1354 or

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