The Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF) has approved a total of $109,000 in grant funding to be awarded to 27 area nonprofit agencies and organizations.

A total of 56 grant applications were received by the WCCF for upcoming Winneshiek County projects.



Award recipients

The following is a list of grant recipients from the WCCF, including the title, a brief description of their projects and the amount awarded:

• City of Decorah - RSVP in Decorah - purchase computer to record data and hours of volunteers - $1,666

• Ossian Senior Hospice - Clearview + desktop magnifier - purchase magnifier for residents to make it easier to read, view photographs, and perform some crafts - $2,550

• South Winneshiek School - K-3 summer reading program - hold a four-week K-3 reading extravaganza in June for students at or below the 40 percent competency level in reading assessments - $5,250

• City of Calmar (Calmar Municipal Pool) - Deck shading for Calmar Municipal Pool - place attractive shading on a portion of the deck - $4,000

• City of Spillville (Spillville Public Library) - Spillville Library computer and automation replacement - replace three public access computers and automation system for library - $4,600

• City of Fort Atkinson (Ft. Atkinson Fire Department) - Thermal imaging camera - purchase thermal imaging camera to provide accurate and quicker information to firefighters for usage at fire calls and in search and rescue situations - $6,000

• St. Francis de Sales School - Classroom security measures - install school-grade locks on all interior doors that can be locked from inside the classroom - $5,710

• Northeast Iowa Food Bank - The 'Backpack Program' - send food home with children in need for the weekend - $5,000

• Decorah Community Free Clinic - Decorah Community Free Clinic - fund medical tests and medications for mentally ill residents of Winneshiek County - $5,400

• Greater Area Pantry - Technology and hunger project - purchase a computer, printer, support program and file cabinet - $6,000

• City of Calmar (Calmar/Ossian Police Department) - Digital mobile police surveillance - purchase a video camera for a police vehicle - $3,295

• Northeast Iowa Community College - Outdoor learning lab - implement an outdoor learning lab to improve opportunities for child health and learning through nature - $3,218

• Winneshiek County (Winneshiek County Recycling Department) - Recycling bins for Castalia and South Winn Schools - purchase and install two new recycling bins - $5,676

• Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum - Transportation/admission support for school visits to The World of Jan Brett Exhibit - use funds as stipends to assist seven Winneshiek County schools with transportation and admission costs to the interactive exhibit - $1,400

• South Winneshiek Community School District - Preschool teachers hatch SMART students - improve academic achievement of preschool students by engaging in critical thinking and problem solving skills using SMART boards - $2,621

• Winneshiek County (Conservation Board) - Conservation Board: 2013 Driftless Safari - obtain printed materials for countywide scavenger hunt to find rubbing posts about natural, cultural and historic treasures of Winneshiek County - $3,000

• Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC) - Winneshiek STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Family Festival - provide 3rd-8th grade students with hands-on/interactive exhibits to spur interest in STEM education and career paths - $5,000

• City of Spillville (Civic Improvement Center) - Handicap entrance and bathroom - develop handicap accessible entrance to the Inwood Ballroom in Spillville - $5,000

• St. Benedict School - Teaching and learning with technology - expose students to various forms of technology with twice-weekly computer classes using iPads and laptops - $6,000

• Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation - Vet2vet Peer Mentoring Program - social and personal support to veterans at NICC - $6,000

• Decorah Volunteer Fire Department Association (Winneshiek County Fireman's Association) - Educating and Promoting Fire Safety - provide a fire safety simulator that would teach the proper use of a fire extinguisher - $6,000

• City of Fort Atkinson - Ft. Atkinson Community Center - Gym Doors - replace entry doors to Community Center gym - $2,000

• Winneshiek County (Public Health Nursing Services) - Public Health Nursing Service: Happy Hearts and Healthy Starts' - purchase infant scale and educational materials for families to monitor infant growth and development - $2,281

• Porter House Museum - Porter House Museum Promotion & Printing - develop a new framework for improved promotion and marketing through rack cards, brochures and newsletter - $1,486

• City of Calmar (City of Calmar Visioning Committee) - Welcome to our Town: Calmar' - install a community welcoming Calmar sign - $5,300

• City of Ossian (Tri-Township Fire District) - Office and Training Room' - purchase equipment to outfit a training/meeting room - $4,547