Community Foundation awards over $120,000 in grants

Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine
The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine is a community-wide, county-wide charitable organization actively working to improve the quality of life in Muscatine County through philanthropy. For more information about applying for grants or establishing your own fund for granting purposes, call the Community Foundation at 563-264-3863 or visit the website at

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MUSCATINE–The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine awarded more than $120,000 in grants to 27 local organizations through the County Endowment re-granting program, as well as through funds held at the Community Foundation. Individual funds included the Hilda E. Collitz for Habitat for Humanity, Hilda E. Collitz for the Homeless, George Millett Memorial, Ray Hockersmith Memorial, Pat and Jim Powers Endowment, the Joe W. and Betty L. Rauch Memorial Endowment, and the West Liberty Community Fund.

“We are grateful for the generosity of our donors and the County Endowment Re-granting program provides the resources to support the imperative services provided by the organizations that were funded this granting cycle,” said Jamie Leza, Program Manager.

Organizations who received grants include:

  • Aligned Impact Muscatine County for Course to College Program: which helps students navigate the college admissions process. Helping students navigate the pathway from high school to post-secondary education represents a critical service for underrepresented populations and first-generation college students.
  • American Red Cross: to ensure the Red Cross can respond to any emergency situation during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected current available funds.
  • Bethany for Children & Families: for school-based therapy and skill-building interventions for children in Muscatine.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County: for the Beyond School Walls Program in anticipation of big and little partners being unable to meet in school buildings due to CDC protocols. During meetings, matches will have opportunities for career exploration and will engage in STEM activities.
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa (BIAIA): for reinstating and transitioning monthly support group services to Muscatine County residents and families into virtual sessions.
  • Diversity Service Center of Iowa for the Educational Outreach Program: which provides immigration legal assistance. By providing an affordable service with minimal fees, individuals can continue with their process in obtaining the immigration benefit they seek.
  • Child Abuse Council Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center: for a data and security system project to uphold a high level of confidentially and security.
  • Community Diaper Bank: for purchasing diapers for the bank, currently serving between 30 and 50 families monthly.
  • Flickinger Learning Center: for purchasing three educational software programs to assist with math, reading, and attendance taking. All new programs will collect data to track student growth and address individual gaps.
  • Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois: For providing assistance to low-income families who cannot cover the program cost of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in Muscatine County.
  • Iowa College Access Network: for providing student and educator support post COVID-19 by virtual advising and planning services with educators, parents, and students. This program will help schools build their career and college readiness programming.
  • Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG): for the Bridging the Gap Between High School and Careers Program. This program will provide virtual advising and planning services with educators, students, and parents, helping schools build their career and college readiness programming.
  • Muscatine Art Center: for the continuity of program coordination to maintain the Muscatine Art Center’s community outreach by presenting a variety of online events during the closure due to COVID-19.
  • Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA): for Domestic Violence Shelter program, the Family Shelter bed replacement project, and the Homeless Prevention Program.
  • Muscatine County Area Habitat for Humanity: for a new home build in Muscatine, slated for one family.
  • Muscatine County Arts Council for the “Eagles and Ivories”: four-day festival featuring concerts, silent movie showings, and an eagle watch to bring the community together at the Muscatine Art Center.
  • Muscatine Symphony Orchestra Association: for resources needed to adapt the 2020-2021 concert season to an online format.
  • Riding for Success: for providing scholarships to the therapeutic horseback riding program, which helps riders of all ages with special cognitive, physical, and emotional needs.
  • River Bend Foodbank: to provide food for the Mobile Food Pantry Program.
  • United Way of Muscatine for children’s snacks at afterschool programs: Snacks go to 120 kids per day.
  • UnityPoint Health for Trinity Muscatine Public Health: to expand the Wellness Clinic services at MCSA to additional locations and to provide COVID-19 testing services to at-risk patients.
  • Quad City Arts: for the 2020-2021 Visiting Artist Series to adapt to an online format. The series will provide outreach engagements to Muscatine County Schools.
  • West Liberty Community School Foundation: for replacing and purchasing West Liberty High School Band rental instruments. Renting instruments for a reduced cost, or receiving at no cost, allows many West Liberty students the opportunity to participate in the band program.
  • West Liberty Public Library: to purchase gaming PCs to help kids discover and explore creative, digital outlets and to utilize computer science and STEM software.

“Over the last two decades, the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and its donors have consistently supported charitable innovation, collaboration, services, and programs that improve the quality of life in Muscatine County through our granting dollars,” said Charla Schafer, Executive Director. “We have been inspired daily by the good work going on in our county, led by our friends and neighbors.”

The Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, a county-wide charitable organization, actively works to improve the quality of life in Muscatine County through philanthropy. For more information about establishing your own fund for granting purposes, applying for grants, or more about the Community Foundation, visit their office at 208 West Second Street, Suite 213, their website, or call at 563-264-3863.

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