The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has approved $118,980 in grant funding based on recommendations made by the local Winneshiek County Community Foundation (WCCF).

The 2014 grants will be awarded to 30 area nonprofit agencies and organizations. A total of 51 grant applications were reviewed by the WCCF for potential funding. The following is a list of 2014 grant recipients, including the name of the non-profit organization, the title and a brief description of the project, and amount awarded.


City of Ft. Atkinson – Fire Department multi-gas detector and firefighting gloves – purchase multi-gas detector and lighter wildland firefighting gloves for firefighters safety and to serve the community better – $1,308

Winneshiek County – Conservation Board: Lake Meyer fishing dock – install a new fishing dock on the southern shore of Lake Meyer – $5,000

Winneshiek County Agricultural Association – Lansing building blacktop walkway – place an asphalt pathway between the Community Building and the Danan Lansing Building on the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds – $2,600

Decorah Volunteer Fire Department Association – Ice and Water Rescue – better prepare and outfit firefighters with appropriate water rescue equipment and training – $6,000

City of Spillville (Civic Improvement Association) – Inwood Ballroom floor replacement – remove original floor in dining room and replace with white oak flooring – $6,000

Northeast Iowa Food Bank – Backpack Program – support the Backpack Program during the 2014-2015 school year

City of Calmar – Little League ball field restrooms – build public restroom close to baseball field that all can access – $6,000

Luther College – Cafeteria to Community Program – purchase disposable and reusable food containers and labels to package food from Luther College for the First Lutheran Church Food Pantry – $4,880

City of Fort Atkinson (Friends of Fort Atkinson) – Fort Conestoga Wagon Wheels – replace and repair wheels on Conestoga Wagon used at each Rendezvous to show how goods were transported in the 1840s – $2,065

City of Decorah (Northeast Iowa Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) – RSVP in Winneshiek County – support funds for expenses of volunteers not covered by federal or state grants – $1,950

Porter House Museum – Bricks and Boards: Restoration at the Porter House 

– perform essential restoration work on the house and porches – $5,987

Calmar Lutheran Church – Automatic Door Openers – provide accessible entrance for the disabled and elderly – $2,000

City of Ossian (Ossian Public Library) – Circulation area for Ossian Public Library – make circulation area child friendly and usable for wheelchair-bound patrons – $6,000

Toys Go ‘Round Toy Lending Library – use funds as advertising dollars leading to more awareness of TGR resulting in more members, and purchase new toys – $2,535

Winneshiek County Historical Society (Decorah Historic Walking Trails) – Decorah Historic Walking Trails – build two walking trails in downtown Decorah marked with 22 interpretive exhibits – $4,290

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum – Masters Hotel porch restoration – replace section of sidewalk, install a drainage trench and grate and repair porch posts – $2,330

St. Francis de Sales School (De Sales School) – A New Light on Learning – upgrade the lighting system in the classrooms to enhance learning opportunities – $5,740

City of Calmar (Calmar Area Swim Team) – Swim Team starting blocks – purchase new platforms and step kits for starting blocks to bring Swim Team equipment up to date – $6,000

C.F.S. Catholic School – Safety System Phase 2 – install safety camera systems at the Spillville and Calmar centers to view a larger area around the centers for security of students and staff – $5,500

Helping Services for Northeast Iowa – Helping Services’ Keeping Kids Safe Project – background checks for potential mentors and create age-appropriate materials related to the prevention for sexual abuse – $1,948

City of Ossian (Ossian Boy Scouts) – Ossian Eagle Scout Projects – purchase and install a town clock and LED sign on Main Street to display community events and activities – $2,000

Castalia Fire Department – Operations and Safety – update self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBAS) to improve firefighter safety – $6,000

Thunder Rode Inc. – Safety Equipment and Educational Upgrades – upgrade safety and educational equipment for individuals with special needs – $2,500

Northeast Iowa Community Action – NE Iowa Commuter Route Service – create an affordable daily commuter route that connects towns in the area giving people greater access to work, shopping, medical appointments, college, etc. – $5,040

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation and Development – Winneshiek County Trout Fishing Guide – design and print a trout fishing guide to inform people about 12 of Winneshiek County’s most accessible and popular trout streams – $3,300

City of Calmar (Calmar Public Library) – Calmar Library Biblionix/Apollo Automation Software Installation – install new library software system that is user-friendly for staff and patrons – $2,800

City of Decorah – New Park Development – site preparation, turf establishment, shelter construction, and tree planting at the new park on the corner of Highland Drive and Nordic Drive – $3,057

Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery – Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery Technology – purchase computer for educational purposes and record-keeping/communications – $1,000

Greater Area Pantry – Pantry Product Storage – purchase freezer for increased product storage and have electrical upgrades to accommodate the new freezer – $3,150

Barthell OES Home (Barthell Eastern Star Nursing Home) – Gardens Everyone Can Enjoy – develop raised flower beds outside each resident’s window that can be viewed from their rooms and can be easier to work in when they are outside – $6,000


About WCCF

The WCCF, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, assists in providing resources for a broad range of existing and future charitable needs throughout Winneshiek County. Grants are awarded annually under the categories of arts and culture, community betterment, education, environmental education and protection, health, historic preservation and human services.

The Winneshiek County Community Foundation’s goals are to build permanent endowment in Winneshiek County, to act as a resource for a broad range of community needs and to assist donors in creating a lasting legacy through a variety of charitable giving options. Gifts to the many endowed Winneshiek County Community Foundation funds may be made online at winneshiekccf.org. Information on setting up a personalized endowment fund and the various options for giving is also available at this site.


Committee members

The Winneshiek County Community Foundation’s Distribution Committee is chaired by Dave Riha and includes the following community area representatives: Don Arendt, Decorah; Al Becker, Ft. Atkinson; Chris Bodensteiner, Castalia; John Logsdon, Board of Supervisors; Connie McCasland, Calmar; Ree Meyer, Ossian; Paul Nichols, northern Winneshiek County; Helen Pinter, Jackson Junction; Dave Riha, southern Winneshiek County; Sue Schnur, Ridgeway; Kris Ann Timp, Spillville; WCCF Governing Committee representatives Ferneva Brimacomb, Dick Guilgot, Gary Mineart, and Julie Wurtzel. Administrative assistance was provided by Brenda Luzum.

Winneshiek County Community Foundation officers for 2014 are Gary Mineart, Chair; Julie Wurtzel, Vice-Chair; Craig Mosher, Secretary; and Roger Huinker, Treasurer.